Alexandra Bruzzese

Rome’s iconic Colosseum hikes up ticket prices

The famous Colosseum in Rome, the world’s most iconic amphitheatre is raising its ticket prices from next November.

Tourists visit the Colosseum on 12 March, 2019 in Rome, Italy. Photo by: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

As of  1 November, entry cost for the Colosseum will jump from 12 to 16 euro; the fare promises access to the Palatino along with the Roman Forum. A “Full Experience” ticket will also debut in the fall. Priced at 22 euro, the pass lasts for two days and grants admission to not just the Colosseum, but also the Forum, Palatino, and “SUPER” sites, short for “Seven Unique Places to Experience in Rome.” Spots include the Criptoportico Neroniano, Palatine Museum, Aula Isiaca – Loggia Mattei, Casa di Augusto, Casa di Livia, Temple of Romolo, and Santa Maria Antiqua Church.

Officials of the Colosseum Archaeological Park hope a range of ticket types will ease the flow of daily visitors – for security reasons, the monument can hold a max of 3000 people. In the future, if the Colosseum is “full,” tourists are encouraged to explore nearby ancient sites.

Visitors to Rome’s iconic Colosseum will have to pay more from November, 2019. Photo by: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

Entry charges aren’t the only things being revamped: the Colosseum’s Archaeological Park also plans to open the Palace of Nero. “This will be the beginning of a new route focusing on Nero that links the palace on the Palatine Hill destroyed by a fire in 64 AD with one that was to become the royal palace, the Domus Aurea on Colle Oppio,” explained park director Alfonsina Russo. “This way, visitors can, in a single stroll, see the extraordinary places linked to Rome’s most controversial emperor.” Towards the end of the month, the park also plans to make the Domus Tiberiana, the first imperial palace on the Palatino inaugurated by Emperor Tiberius, available to the public

Rome deputy mayor Luca Bergamo announced Monday that a system to reduce time spent by tourists waiting in line to enter the mega sites may be introduced “soon.”

The Colosseum is the 4th most visited site in the world. It is estimated that nearly 60 million people, or roughly 0.8% of the globe has visited the monument in the past decade.