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Rome: Avoiding the long Colosseum ticket line/queue: Palatine Hill ticket office locations

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[I thought I posted this in the past and was going to top it for rohani but I couldn't find it.]

You can avoid the *long* Colosseum lines if you buy your tickets at the Palatine Hill.
This ticket is valid for both sites on the same day. Also if bought after 1:30PM (it will say on back of the ticket) it's also valid for the next day to 1:30PM.
 
There are 2 ticket offices for the Palatine Hill. One in the Roman Forum area and the other on street that runs along the eastside of the Palatine Hill.

Go to www.capitolium.org/eng/fori/pianta.htm See the '1' now look alttle below it and to the left. See a building with 2 reddish/brown roofs. That is the entrance to the Palatine Hill from the Forum and the ticket office is below it. One option is to explore the Forum and work your way up to the Arch of Titus (which is '1') and then over to that bldg, buy your tickets and then either go up to the Palatine or over to the Colosseum. This ticket office might have a line but definitely shorter than the Colosseum. Easy to find, you'll see people walking over to it from the Forum.

 Still looking at the map website this photo http://www2.siba.fi/~kkoskim/rooma/pages/085_059B.HTM was taken between the '1' which is the Arch of Titus and the building with the reddish/brown roof above it which houses the Forum Museum (Antiquarium Forense).

On the leftside of the photo between the trees you can see the ticket bldg and above it the bldg I mentioned earlier with the 2 reddish/brown roofs on the map.

The 2nd ticket office with no lines is on Via di San Gregorio, see that street on the map website above. The ticket office is where that little 'cul-de-sac' is to the left of the 'eg' in Gregorio.
(www.travelcreek.com/constantine.jpg this photo was taken from the Colosseum, that street is behind the Arch of Constantine in the distance, the ticket office is ~300m from the Colosseum).

 With your ticket you just go to the left of the long Colosseum line. The sign to follow will say 'Tour Groups' or did when I was there in March '04 & '05.

And now for some really important info! W.C./toilet locations :).
Starting at the top of the map. See the 'L.go Corrado Ricci', that's the main entrance to the Forum. At the entrance gate is a small bldg on the left with a w.c., book & gift shop (I don't know if they still rent the audioguides, if not they will be at the Info bldg which is next).   See to the right on the 'L.go' on the street there is an 'circled I', that's the Forum's tourist info bldg. It has a w.c., snackbar, guidebooks and some scheduled tours and possibly the Forum audioguides.
  Further to the right is an 'M' which is a metro station with a w.c.
  Inside the Colosseum after the ticket turnstiles and after the 1st entrance into the arena area there is a w.c. Also outside the Colosseum on the map it's just above 'Colosseo' there is a w.c. by the stairs leading up to the street's sidewalk.
 The Forum Museum also has a public w.c. that they might let you use if you ask.
 In the Forum behind the Basilica Julia and on the map to the left of '10' there is a w.c. The ancient brick ruins (2 piers) right in front of this w.c. are from a monumental arch which was once faced in marble. The w.c. is built over the street that this arch crossed over and was called the 'Vicus Unguentarius' or the Street of the Perfume Sellers :).  
 On the Palatine Hill number '23' is the Palatino Museum with a w.c. Also the 2nd Palatine Hill entrance mentioned above has a w.c. Regards, Walter

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