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Colosseum visitor numbers above pre-pandemic figures

Culture News

Rome’s Colosseum visitor numbers for June, July and August rose by 16% over the same period in 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic the following year, the culture ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

Rome’s Colosseum recorded a record number of visitors compared to the same summer period of 2019. The number of visitors in June, July and August was 16% higher than the summer before the pandemic hit.

Some 2,277,139 tickets were purchased to visit the archaeological park that includes the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine over the three summer months. That equates to an increase of 315,493 tickets compared to 2019.

This translated into an average of around 25,000 visits per day, the ministry added.

“The Colosseum confirms itself to be the most important and most visited archaeological site and museum in Italy and among the most important internationally,” said Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano.

“There is a rediscovery of the Roman world also thanks to films, TV series, essays and historical novels, which has a positive impact on visits to this monument,” he continued. “Our commitment is to further expand the offering, as happened recently with the inauguration of the Domus Tiberiana, and to raise the quality of services,” concluded Sangiuliano.

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