The Colosseum in Rome is taking new measures to curb ticket resale by brokers. From October 18th, 2023, the Colosseum Archaeological Park, which includes the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill and the Domus Aurea, in addition to the ancient amphitheater, will introduce tickets bearing visitors' names.
Hopefully the new system will work to allow the public to buy tickets again. Strange, really, that this has been happening for so long. Throughout the summer it was almost impossible to buy a ticket to the main attractions of Rome, such as the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Now it looks like the system will be changed after all, after it was heavily criticized in the media this week.
The new system is designed to combat the widespread practice of automated systems (bots) buying up tickets and then reselling them at much higher prices.
The new ticketing system will be available on the website of the Colosseum Archaeological Park www.colosseo.it, as well as by telephone and in person at the ticket offices. In addition, the number of tickets sold on site will be doubled to satisfy visitors who have not been able to buy tickets online or have not yet done so.
A new ticket office will also be opened at Largo della Salara / Via dei Fori Imperiali, in addition to the existing office in Piazza del Colosseo, the Italian Ministry of Culture announced.
The Minister of Culture, Gennaro Sangiuliano, said that these new measures would free the Colosseum from the ticket trading by bots, which made it almost impossible to by tickets, and called it "a new era" for the archaeological park, which welcomed a record two million visitors last summer.</p
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