Planning to visit Rome? Here are couple of things you should know about the Colosseum:
The Colosseum in Rome – Essential information
Once you arrived to Rome, there is one place you cannot miss, it’s the most remarkable building of the Roman Empire. In this era, the Colosseum or as it was called then, the Flavian Amphitheater, was and still is the largest Amphitheatre in the world. It was named after Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty. He’s the one who started the construction of the Colosseum, though he didn’t make it to see the building completed in 80 AD.
The Colosseum is located in the center of Rome, it’s the largest building in the city, it included 50,000 seats, and it used to host lots of bloody battles, such as gladiatorial contests, and animal hunts, and even executions… It also showed plays of classical mythology. In the later era, the early medieval times, the building shifted from the public bloody spectacles, to religious use, like Christian shrine.
The Colosseum is located in the center of the city. To get to there conveniently, you can take the tram or the metro, both of them have stops in most of the city’s best attractions. Also taking a hop on hop off bus is a good option! Check our video guides to learn more about other attractions in the area, such as the Golden House, and the Colossus Neronis statue, which is an enormous 30 meters bronze statue of the Emperor Nero. Originally it was erected inside the Amphitheatre in 37Ad and was moved to a close spot later on, and gave the Colosseum its current name. You can also explore the Piazza Venezia, that was named after the Venetian Cardinal, Pietro Barbo, who was selected later to be the pop, and build a palace near Saint Mark church called Palazzo Venezia.
One tip: If you are in Rome in the middle of May you can enjoy the “LA Settimana dei beni culturali” week, which offers you a free admission entrance for public landmarks in Rome, such as the Colosseum and lots of other attractions!
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