The coliseum opens at 8:30. If you have a guide you get in after waiting in a small line. Your guide should buy the tickets before you get there. They only let so many people in then the gates are closed. They wait until everyone is out and allow the next group of people in. There are a few signs to read but the guide can give you so much more. Alessandro Calì. Was our guide and he was also an archaeologist. It was $70. An hour but it was worth every penny. His company name is Eyes of Rome. His English was excellent. We went to all three levels and sub level where there were gladiators, animals and slaves. Without a guide you won’t know this. He also showed us how the covering went over the top through a pulley system again you need a good guide. If you are going here once in your life get a guide or you will miss out on so much interesting facts over the centuries.
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