Other measures have also been introduced. To reduce traffic jams, tour group sizes are now limited to 10 people, guide included, and tickets must now be purchased for specific time slots. If you miss your assigned time, you will be refused entry leading to a large number of late travelers in floods of tears outside the venue.
The new rules should mean a less harassed experience on the ground and lead to a more responsible way of discovering the ruins. However, with the recent start of construction of a new international airport to transport visitors to the archaeological site, hopes of a transition to more sustainable tourism may have been in vain.
The Colosseum, Rome
For those looking to avoid the crowds, winter has long been the best time to visit the Colosseum, although even in the height of summer this year the number has dropped from an average of 25,000 per day, before Covid, at around 7,000.
With some key markets still not traveling, those setting out for a Rome getaway in the next few weeks should find the lines thankfully short, although there is more hassle of having to show proof of vaccination. , or evidence of a recent negative test or recovery from Covid. Still, aside from the mandatory masks, a visit to the tallest monument in the Italian capital should feel relatively normal. And above all, the visits on the first Sunday of each month are always free. Don’t be tempted to behave like the two American tourists who were fined 800 euros last week for breaking into the Colosseum after dark to drink a few beers.