If it’s true that when the Colosseum will fall down, Rome will fall down with it and with Rome the rest of the world, let’s hope that this incredible monument stay there for long time. Unveiled in I century AC, with the name of Flavian Amphitheatre, it was almost immediately called “Colosseum” because of the colossal statue, representing the emperor Nero, which was near the amphitheatre. The Romans had fun watching the gladiators and the wild animals wrestle, or assisting at spectacular simulations of naval battles. This incredible monument was built by the emperor Vespasiano and his son, Tito. Tito added two lines of seats completing the work wanted by his father, and to celebrate the end of the works he called 100 days of games. Nowadays around the amphitheatre it’s possible to see the Centurions, people dressed in the ancient Roman combatants way, they stay there to pose in the tourists photos, and now they are become part of the tradition too. Even without knowing anything of architecture or of history, everybody remain charmed from this monument, for which Roma is known all over the world. And looking at it it’s beyond any description, above all in the evening, when the spotlights illuminate this impressive structure.
Informations to visit the Colosseum:
When: from 26th October to 15th February from 8,30 am to 4,30 pm; from 16th February to 15th March from 8,30 am to 5 pm; from 16th to 29th March from 8,30 am to 5,30 pm; from 30th March to 31st August from 8,30 am to 7,15 pm; from 1st to 30th September from 8,30 am to 7 pm; from 1st to 25th October from 8,30 am to 6,30 pm.
Never: 1st January, 1st May, 25th December, Good Friday.
Tickets: 9 €, reduced tickets 4,50 €
How to get here: Line B of the metro, stop “Colosseo”; Bus n° 60 - 75 - 85 - 87 - 117 - 271 - 571 - 175 - 186 - 810 - 850 – C3; Tram line n°3.