The most famous and impressive amphitheater of Ancient Rome
Built to host the famous Roman gladiator games, it is still today one of the largest and most fascinating amphitheaters in the world. The Flavian Amphitheater, called the Colosseum because of its size and the statue of Nero that stood nearby, has been included in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and among the 7 wonders of the world.
The construction work began in the year 72 d.C. under the guidance of Emperor Vespasiano and completed in the year 80 AD At the end of the works the inaugural celebrations inside the Colosseum lasted 100 days, with extraordinary games and ruthless fighting, during which about 2,000 gladiators died and 9,000 animals. The elliptical shaped amphitheater with a circumference of 527 meters, could hold up to 70,000 people. The structure fully reflects the architectural lines of the early imperial age, based on curved lines, arches and vaults.
Games, bloody battles between gladiators, fights between ferocious animals, blood and theatrical performances have marked the story inside, supported each time by a huge crowd in delirium.
The Colosseum is still today the undisputed symbol of the city of Rome, do not miss a visit inside. In summer some days of the week it is also possible to visit it at night.
Not to be missed:
- VISIT ISIDE THE COLOSSEUM
- COLOSSEUM WITH LIGHTS AT NIGHT
- PANORAMA FROM THE LAST RING OF THE COLOSSEUM
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