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Colosseum in Rome





Fast Facts

  • Location: Rome in Italy
  • Time to Visit: Spring and winter seasons
  • Admission Fee: 12.00 €
  • How to Reach: Being located in the central part of the city, the monument is easily accessible. The nearest metro station is the Termini Central Station, which is just few minutes of walking distance from the monument. Buses and cars ply between the area and other parts of the city.
  • Parking:
  • Nearest Railway Station: Termini Central Station
  • Nearest International Airport: Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport
  • Time required for sightseeing: 2-3 hours
This is where St. Ignatius, when thrown to the lions with heartless brutality, famously said "I am as the grain of the field and must be ground by the teeth of the lions, that I may become fit for His table." This is where silent groans of hapless prisoners echo through rising columns of Doric, Ionian and Corinthian orders. This is where imperious powers were displayed, public opinion was weighed and justice was dispensed to fighting gladiators. In the amphitheater in Rome, you will hear the silent footfalls of history pulsating in your very veins. Even in this age of skyscrapers, the Amphitheatre, popularly known as the Coliseum (though ironically, the term originally referred to an immense statue of Emperor Nero that stood outside the stadium and not the stadium itself), stands out as a marvel of ancient architecture. It is an awe-inspiring specimen of Roman imperial power and is perhaps the most ancient surviving stadium in the world.

The Colosseum is located in the city of Rome in Italy. Rome is in fact one of the world's major heritage and cultural cities in the world and is home to a number of ancient monuments and religious sites. The amphitheatre, after the Vatican is the second most visited site in the city. Around 2 million travelers from various parts of the world come to witness this grand and stunning monument.

The Colosseum is the greatest specimen of Roman engineering. It was built under the Flavian emperors in the period between 70 and 72 AD. The monument was started by Emperor Vespasian and was completed by Emperor Titus. Further modifications were made by Emperor Domitian. The monument was known as Amphitheatrum Flavium" in Roman. The name was derived from the family names of both Vespasian's and Titus.

The Amphitheatre was mostly used for public shows and gladiator contests. Various other public spectacles like mock sea battles, animal hunts, wrestling competitions, as well as executions were also held here. Behind those arches, towers and columns, the Colosseum perhaps brings to light the ruthlessness and imperial pride of the Roman Empire which cold bloodedly executed thousands of people, professional fighters and unsuspecting animals.

The Amphitheatre in Rome is a giant structure made of stones and concrete and has a measurement of 620 by 513 feet. There are three stories in the arena which were bordered by arcades which are constructed in the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian designs. The rising arrangement of the columns later served as the basis of the Renaissance assemblage of orders.

In the early medieval era, the Colosseum ceased to be used for entertainment purposes. Instead, the monument was used for dramatic performances relating to Classical mythology, workshops, religious performances, as a fortress and lots more. In fact, the amphitheatre became a sacred spot for the Christians as plenty of Christian martyrs laid down their lives at the hands of the Roman Emperors at this very spot.

Around two thirds of the original structure of the amphitheatre has been destroyed due to fires, earthquakes, and stone robbers. Although the present structure is only a noble ruin of its former self, it still stands out as an iconic symbol of Roman imperialism.

Touring the Colosseum provides you with an experience of a lifetime. Every nook and corner of this huge monument points finger to the ancient Roman civilization. There is a museum located in the upper floor of the outer wall of the building. The museum is dedicated to Eros. Renovation has also been carried on some part of the arena floor.

Even today, the amphitheatre is used for a number of ceremonies and functions. It serves as a major venue of Roman Catholic ceremonies. During Easter, the Pope performs the Stations of the Cross known as the Scriptural Way of the Cross at the monument. The monument has also featured in popular media programs, films, sports functions and other events.

Travelers can easily reach the amphitheatre in Rome or the Colosseum. Being located in the central part of the city, the monument is easily accessible. The nearest metro station is the Termini Central Station, which is just few minutes of walking distance from the monument. Buses and cars ply between the area and other parts of the city. The area is full of art galleries, curio shops, dining and shopping hubs where you can also spend time. The nearest international airport is the Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport.

To accommodate huge rush of tourists, there are plenty of hotels and lodging centers in close proximity to the Colosseum. You can choose the accommodation center of your choice according to your tastes and budget. The hotels can be easily reached and offer high class facilities and services.

Touring the amphitheatre in Rome is truly a memorable and charming experience and helps you witness the rich tradition and culture of ancient Rome.

To learn more about the Coliseum and read first hand experiences from real travelers who have visited the Amphitheater in Rome, please click on the following links:

http://www.amoretravelguides.com/blog/the-roman-coliseum-a-travelers-guide.php: A very informative link. It gives a brief overview of the history, architecture and construction of the Amphitheater and also provides basic travel information on the Coliseum.

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=islssuXrXG0&feature=related: For a detailed view of the Coliseum, including nooks of the underground constructions and the monumental arches, watch this video. The closest you can come to a real tour experience.

http://www.hereorthere.com/members/marcus1234/experience/1015: This is a very well written entry on a tour to the Amphitheater by a very serious and experienced traveler. His verdict is loud and clear: you must go there. Find out why!

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=-88vRlcDIRM&feature=related: This is a very well written entry on a tour to the Amphitheater by a very serious and experienced traveler. His verdict is loud and clear: you must go there. Find out why!

http://in.youtube.com/watch?v=GzHs_ZcnK7U&feature=related: This is perhaps the best guided tour to the Amphitheater you will get on the internet. It is very detailed, exhaustive, real and beautifully narrated — mixing information with humor.

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