Visiting the Seven Wonders of the World using miles & points: The Colosseum, Italy

Feb 3, 2022

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Editors note: This is a new series showing you how to experience the seven wonders of the world using miles and points. As only one of the original seven wonders of the world from the second century is still standing (the Pyramids of Giza), we are using the list of the new Seven Wonders of the World.


In the centre of the beautiful city of Rome, within the valley between Palatine, Esquiline and Caelian Hills stands The Colosseum, the largest ancient amphitheatre ever built. Completed some 2,000 years ago in 80 AD by emperors Vespasian and Titus it had a seating capacity of up to 80,000 spectators.

It was originally used to satisfy the public’s enthusiasm for entertainment, ranging from gladiatorial conquests to executions though nowadays exists as a world-famous historical attraction. While significantly damaged over the centuries due to both natural disasters and theft it remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome, if not the world.

The Colosseum opens at 8:30 a.m. daily. Closing times vary depending on the time of year — as early as 4:30 p.m. in winter and as late as 7:15 p.m. in summer where the sun sets much later.

Related: 11 mistakes most tourists make in Rome

Tickets can be purchased online in advance for €16 for adults with access to the Colosseum (without access to the arena) and entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine archaeological area. Tickets for full access including to the arena are €22 for adults.

EU citizens aged between 18 and 25 can purchase either ticket for the discount rate of only €2. Tickets can also be purchased at the venue on the day of visiting though you may experience long queues, especially in summer.

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If you’ve ever wanted to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World — here’s how to visit the Colosseum using miles and points.

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How to get there

Fortunately, unlike some of the modern wonders of the world, the Colosseums location in Europe is very easy to reach using points and miles with multiple direct flights each day on British Airways from London Heathrow (LHR) as well as connection on airlines like Air France and KLM to Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport (FCO).

To book British Airways flights with points, you will need to redeem the following, one way, per person:

  • 7,250 Avios off-peak / 8,250 Avios peak + £17.50 in fees, taxes and surcharges in Euro Traveller economy
  • 13,500 Avios off-peak / 15,750 Avios peak + £25 in fees, taxes and surcharges in Club Europe business class

If you wish to redeem Virgin Points you can fly Air France via Paris (CDG) or on KLM via Amsterdam (AMS), you will need to redeem the following, one way, per person from various U.K. airports to Rome (FCO):

  • 7,500 Virgin Points off-peak / 8,500 Virgin Points peak + ~£48 in fees, taxes and surcharges in economy
  • 25,000 Virgin Points off-peak / 26,000 Virgin Points peak + £62 in fees, taxes and surcharges in Club Europe business class

If you have Flying Blue miles to redeem, there may be the opportunity to redeem them for direct flight on ITA Airways as it has officially joined Skyteam, though this functionality is not currently available to book.

Other major European airlines fly indirectly between the United Kingdom and Rome though depending on the carrier you may be doing a fair bit of backtracking compared with the British Airways, KLM and Air France options.

Related: How to spend 48 hours in Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy. (Photo by Alexander Spatari/Getty)

Where to stay

The Colosseum is located in the centre of Rome, Italy which has a wide range of great hotel options you can book with points and miles. With dozens of options, here are our favourites:

  • The Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel is a five-star member of Hilton Honors with cash rates from £233 per night or 73,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
  • The DoubleTree by Hilton Rome Monti is a four-star member of Hilton Honors with cash rates from £108 per night or 33,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
  • The St. Regis Rome is a five-star member of Marriott Bonvoy with cash rates from £628 per night or 85,000 Bonvoy points per standard night as a Category 8 property.
  • The W Rome is a brand new five-star member of Marriott Bonvoy with cash rates from £438 per night or 85,000 Bonvoy points per standard night as a Category 8 property.
  • The Intercontinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace is temporarily closed but is due to reopen in October this year. Cash rates start at £343 per night or 73,000 IHG Rewards points.

Related: La dolce vita: A review of the St. Regis Rome

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