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I researched our trip to Italy for a long time and found we could avoid the lines at the Roman Colosseum by doing one simple things.
Wanting to see both Palatine Hill/Roman Forum and the Roman Colosseum, our research found that tickets could be purchased at Palatine Hill for both locations. Arriving at Palatine Hill and approached the ticket counter finding one small group with children completing their purchase. We walked right up to the counter, bought our tickets and started our first “tour” of Italy.
Skip the Colosseum lines
Buying your tickets at Palatine Hill allows you to skip the very long lines at the Colosseum! This is nothing to be taken lightly, as the lines at the Colosseum can be hours long.
After a wonderful walk through the Palatine where, we left and headed for the Colosseum. Quick piece of advice: Do not buy water from the stands selling food/drink outside the Palatine; although you will will be hot and tired. Bring or buy a refillable bottle before going in and you will find fountains with very cold potable water to fill with while inside. Incredibly this water is the coldest, freshest water I have ever tasted. The aqueducts system, developed by the ancient Romans has been delivering water using the gravity driven system for ages.
We were able to avoid the lines when we reached the Colosseum go right in! OH the looks we got from people standing in a 3 hour long line! This is a must see. You can’t miss this, it is just amazing. We did not do a tour but did download the Rick Steves pod cast and listened to that.
Gladiators and pick pockets
Outside the Colosseum there are many people hawking everything from scarfs, hats, swords etc. beware of the gladiators outside waiting to take pictures with you. Make sure you set the price ahead of time otherwise they will badger you for more, which we saw happen to a few people. In large crowds anywhere you need to be aware, but pick pocketing is rampant around the tourist areas.
It is truly a marvel to see, and learn from it, as it stands today. Construction continually is performed to attempt to slow the deterioration of this landmark.
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Donna Martorano is a lifestyle and travel writer for Donna Unbound. A true believer in age is just number, and slowing down is not a requirement. Her passions are family, teaching other women how to shoot and the importance of self - protection. She's enjoying re-learning what it's like to be a couple again with her high school sweetheart of 31 years. Their family of consists of two beautiful daughters, a wonderful son-in-law, and two sweet grand daughters; as well as 3 cats who keep them laughing.