Amphitheatre that was once used for gladiator contests
Supported by Roma Pass
Make advance reservations if you don’t plan on buying a Roma Pass
Plan to spend at least 1 hour
The most popular landmark and iconic symbol of Rome! It is still considered to be one of the best architectural marvels of the world. It is in this arena that the brutal gladiator fights were held, much to the merriness of the public back then. The three levels of the Colosseum are big enough to have accommodated up to 80,000 spectators. Though it is dilapidated now due to earthquakes, the wide oval structure of the Colosseum still looks pompous.
The train to the Colosseo metro station leads one to the foot of this majestic structure. The lines to the Colosseum are always long and it would have probably taken us more than an hour to get inside the Colosseum. With the Roma Pass, we bypassed the long line and got in quickly. Only two levels are now accessible to the public and one needs to get special permission to access part of the third level. Certain tour groups seemed to have that special permission.
There are display boards inside one end of the Colosseum to enlighten one about its history. The artifacts that were used by people in the ancient days are placed in display glasses. Just walking around the Colosseum, gaping at this architectural marvel took us more than one hour.
The Arch of Constantine and the Palantine Hill can be seen from one corner of the Colosseum.
Prefer taking the Metro (if traveling from the Roma Termini) as it takes you right to Colosseo.
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