Amphitheatre of El Jem
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  • Badawi
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice tour el Jem
    In general very easy to find the spot to park outside the colosseum. Entrance is very affordable. 12 dinars for adults and 6 dinars for kids to be bought at the entrance gate. Always good to do some historical read and research before visiting as there is no that much description on site. Few shops outside the amphitheater are selling souvenirs and mosaique. As well good prices. All together we spent round a good hour inside which is more than enough for taking a big tour and photos. Definitely much smaller than Rome amphitheater but nice and enjoyable. You can catch a beautiful top view over the city.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 July 2023
  • Boufamilyt
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Experience
    Visiting El Jem amphitheater was amazing. It’s in the middle of a regular city, and all of a sudden, there’s this massive Roman coliseum towering over us. It was a very hot day, so we got there at 9 am and left by 10, because it was over 100 Fahrenheit/ 40 Celsius, and we wanted to go to the nearby museum also. However, during that short time, we climbed and walked around all levels of the amphitheater and in the arena itself. Many areas were shaded, thankfully, although it was still very hot. There were very few people (maybe because of the heat, or maybe because everyone goes to Rome to see the coliseum there?) so we could explore as we wished with no waiting. A highlight was going underground and seeing the structure and organization underneath the arena, and imagining what it was like for the people who walked the same path almost 2,000 years ago. A truly awesome experience!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • David B
    Bruce, Australia998 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unmissable
    This site needs to be seen to be believed. It is in remarkably good order for a structure about 2,000 years old. You can easily and relatively safely wander all over. There is a small amount of interpretive material but not nearly enough. The site is hot and dusty. Best visited on a cool day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • scareahgraves
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See!
    Amazing structure that has been incredibly preserved! Walking into the coliseum was incredible as if I had walked thousand of years back in time & you can absolutely feel the energy that called this place home. A must see if given the opportunity. Bring snacks and water for the climb.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Mike W
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    So glad I took the time to visit, it’s a must see. I travelled from Sousse via train which is a huge saving on a scheduled tour but the trains are very old and not comfortable. The amphitheatre is access all areas so all the upper levels and the underground section which is amazing for a heritage site. Negatives are how it’s been neglected, absolutely tons of litter everywhere and a lot of ugly plastic chairs in the main arena which both spoiled the experience for me. It deserves better care and to be presented to maximum effect.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Viky_Vedat
    Sheffield, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Hidden "Jem"
    We travelled from Hammamet to visit and well worth the journey. Only around £3 each to get in and this ticket also give you access to the museum which is about a 5 min drive from there. Unlike the colluseum in Rome you can move freely around going in all the places including under where the animals, slaves and gladiators were kept. There are alot of steps so maybe not suitable for people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, and if you have kids keep them close as some places there is nothing to stop you falling... which is also what makes it great!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • 42RichardB42
    Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Far better than the Collesium
    The £3 entrance ticket gives you access to the entire site. You can climb up to the third tier, step into the arena and even go down into the underground passageways. Just as imposing a structure as the collesium without the crowds and with far better access - a must see
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Adam Jones
    Beijing, China190 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Amphitheater
    The colosseum at El Jem is amazing. It is very well preserved (compared with other amphitheaters except the Colosseum in Rome) and is the third largest amphitheater in the world. Visitors can visit under the amphitheater where the wild animals were kept, along with the floor of the amphitheater and the seating. It’s a must see for Roman ruin enthusiasts
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Tammy
    West Midlands, United Kingdom7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely visit
    Amazing place - worth visiting We hired a car and when we parked up we thought wow! Only 12D for adults and 2D for children The area outside in the dark was scary as there are too many youngest around travelling in large groups. Driving was scary on the way back to Sousse as there are no lights. Weather was spot on during the day - clear sky and lovely and warm! Candy floss was yummy for 2D. There are camels outside for a quick photo and ride for 1D. Defo worth a visit, my children loved playing hide and seek there
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 January 2024
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,132 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Impressive
    We stopped here as part of guided day trip from Tunis. I had underestimated the size of the place as it’s huge. Aside from the Coliseum in Rome I haven’t seen any Roman amphitheaters this big. It’s quite impressive. Good to see with a guide as you’ll learn more. Recommended.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 January 2024
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Relax41674194039
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The views were amazing, you can just imagine how it was. Would recommend, very cheap, even the shop inside was very cheap.
Written 19 May 2024
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Mohammed R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Incredible structure, beautifully preserved and amazed at there wasn’t a crowd at all. Would definitely recommended to visit when visiting Tunisia.
Written 17 May 2024
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74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A must do when In Tunisia.
You are left alone to enjoy the amphitheatre, check out the views and freely explore all areas of the ruins. Keep your ticket to get in the museum for free on the same day, its worth a look.
Written 7 May 2024
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Dynamic Duo
Weston super Mare, UK904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
El Jem is beautiful! There is so much to see and it's been well restored. It's amazing that so much still stands! You can climb the stairs all the way to the top and overlook the amazing architecture and wonderful city as well as climb below to where the gladiators were kept and literally feel history within the walls! It's a FANTASTIC price at 12DT which includes the amphitheater and the museum. A must visit for any history buff, anyone interested in history and anyone who can appreciate the sheer beauty of this Amphitheatre!
Written 30 April 2024
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Andrew M
Farnham, UK155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Really worth as visit. Stunning piece of architecture. 1 hour is plenty of time here, although you may spend much more with all the photo opportunities. A must see if you're not too far away.
Written 28 April 2024
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Stretts
Atherstone, UK386 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
You watched Gladiator ? Enter this amazing amphitheatre as a gladiator or maybe as a wealthy spectator or plebeian and imagine how the spectacle would have been . How incredible is the construction, built two thousand years ago.
Yes it's a pity that there is not enough information, perhaps an audio guide or more visual exhibits but...this is a must see.
Written 22 April 2024
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zinaLondon4
Ilford, UK109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
4/5… great visit, the vastness of the amphitheatre is breathtaking taking. Needs to have more signage. Well worth the visit. Only 13 dinars (£3.80) kids are half price. Lots of stairs so not accessible for buggy’s and wheelchair users
Written 22 April 2024
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DavrosFelli
Southend-on-Sea, UK184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
£8 for a family of four to freely explore this fantastic piece of history is an absolute bargain

The site is very well maintained and such fun to explore, we spent a good hour roaming about.

We drove from Monastir, and parking in the surrounding streets was easy in the mid morning (although a street market had formed whilst we had lunch so getting back out of town was a little more tricky!)

The gift shop is also well priced and has a good selection.

As a lunch recommendation try El Hana opposite the entrance
Written 12 April 2024
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DanylMidlandsUK
Midlands UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Don’t miss this if you can visit. One of the 3 largest ever Roman amphitheaters. Huge in scale with a long - and difficult - history. All areas were open access so you can climb up & imagine what a capacity crowd felt like in the days of brutal ‘entertainment’. Atmospheric, for history lovers and the newly curious alike. There are loos, but take in a drink.

Entry was about £3; and includes the El Jem mosaic and Africa House museum - the most & finest examples of excavated works I’ve seen, and again for the foundations you can simply walk through. A very memorable day.
Written 1 April 2024
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fartoomanyusers
London, UK438 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This place is huge!

It doesn't really matter whether or not this is the third biggest Roman amphitheatre (opinions vary) - this place is massive!

So many different parts to explore - the basement, the arena floor, the seating terrace, the upper levels ... and much more in between.

There are a couple of information panels at the entrance to the arena, but otherwise you just go to soak up the atmosphere.

And the kids go to act out being a gladiator!
Written 27 March 2024
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