For someone visiting Rome for the first time, you can’t not notice Colosseum – a massive stone amphitheatre located in the heart of the city of Rome, Italy. Although, two-thirds of the original Colosseum was destroyed because of earthquakes, the amphitheatre, still, remains a popular as well as an iconic tourist destination of Rome. The ruins still fascinate the visitors who gather at this place to witness the greatest amphitheatre in the world.
Commissioned in A.D. 80 by Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty as a gift to the Roman people, this elliptically shaped building measuring about 620 by 513 feet (190 by 155 meters) could hold approximately 50,000 to 80,000 spectators. This magnificent amphitheatre reveals the glorious gladiatorial battles associated with great legends of the bygone eras and popular background tours reveals the dynamics of the Colosseum, which has acted as the inspiration of several modern day arenas.
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What to expect during your visit to Colosseum?
While Colosseum is considerably spacious to accommodate large volumes of visitors, be prepared for long queues (45-60 minutes approx.) to get in, unless of course you can opt for special access or ‘Skip the line’ tours.
A standard admission ticket allows access to all three monuments, Roman Forum, the Colosseum and Palatine Hill but there are sections within Colosseum that you can only visit as part of a “special access” guided tour.
Do note the opening hours are from 8.30 AM to one hour before sunset (17:00 PM usually). We suggest booking tickets in advance from online avenues (a small booking amount is levied) and avoid the queues. The tickets will be e-mailed to you, so no delivery charges or lengthy delivery periods saving you considerable amount of time.
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7 interesting facts about Colosseum, you might not know…
- Despite being designed to bear the brunt of earthquakes, the same natural disasters of 847 AD and 1231 AD caused most of the damage you see today.
- The Amphitheater was used for gladiator contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on classical mythology.
- With about 80 entrances, the Colosseum can accommodate nearly 50-80,000 spectators.
- Games or even festivals lasted up to 100 days in the Colosseum.
- Legend says that approximately 500,000 people lost their lives and over a million wild animals were killed throughout the duration of the People vs. Beast games held inside the Colosseum.
- Colosseum was originally named the Flavian Amphitheater after the Flavian Dynasty of Emperors.
- 100,000 cubic meters is the estimated total amount of marbles used for the construction of the Colosseum.