Planning a vacation to the wonderful city of Rome in Italy? The Eternal City is filled with history and beauty and one of its most famous landmarks is the Colosseum – the most impressive construction of the Roman Empire according to many. Although this attraction has broken down in particular areas, it still stands as one of the most popularly visited landmarks and if definitely worth devoting some of your time to! It’s open daily between 8:30 am and 7:15 pm. Come early or by the end of the day, when the lines tend to be a bit shorter.
The largest amphitheater was built in 70AD and was used for gladiatorial contests as well as executions and dramas. Be sure to visit this remarkable place and make the Russell Crowe movie ‘Gladiator’ come alive. You can check out our special offers for a skip the line tour of the Colosseum – it’s often very crowded so skipping the long lines can save you a lot of time and energy! If you are very short on time, make sure you at least get to see the building from the outside…
Leaving the Colosseum area and wondering what to do next? By heading 630 meters north west you will find yourself at yet another recognizable landmark –the Roman Forum. Although today it appears disorderly, by having a good imagination and some knowledge of the past, you will be able to picture how life must have looked like during the Imperial Rome times. There are many ruins remaining here such as temples, triumphal arches and basilicas. A fan of Julius Caesar? Here you can also admire the Temple of Divus Julius which is a monument that was built in honour of the famous emperor.
Things to do around the Colosseum in Rome
There are many things to do in Rome and starting your day at the Colosseum means you will be led on a path to many other great sites in the city. After the Roman Forum you may want to visit the Trajan Forum which is 365m north. The Trajan Forum, built in 106AD, was one of the grandest architectural wonders of the world. Here you will see a lot of history including the Trajan Column – celebrating victory of Dacia – and remainder of the Trajan markets.
Up for another Rome attraction in the Colosseum area? Only 200 meters away towards south west is Il Vittoriano, referred to as “the wedding cake” by some of the locals. Situated between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill, you cannot ignore this huge mountain of white marble also known as the Altar of the Fatherland. This monument includes the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a free museum holding Italian unification. It’s open between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm every day. For the best view of the city, take the Roma dal Cielo lift from the side of the building which leads you to the top of the Altar. For more tips regarding Il Vittoriano and more to do in Piazza Venezia, watch our special video guides about these attractions!