Rome, Italy

The Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built and probably the most well-known landmark of Rome. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81-96).

The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, having an average audience of some 65,000; it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.

Although partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and also has links to the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit 'Way of the Cross' procession that starts in the area around the Colosseum.



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Founded: 72-80 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy


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Seymur Mammadli (2 months ago)
Iconic Symbol of Rome's Grandeur The Colosseum stands as a testament to Rome's incredible history and grandeur, and my visit left me in awe of its magnificence. Walking through the ancient walls of this iconic amphitheater felt like stepping back in time, imagining the roar of the crowds and the epic battles that once took place within its walls. The sheer scale and architectural brilliance of the Colosseum are truly remarkable, making it a must-see destination for anyone visiting Rome. The guided tour provided fascinating insights into the history and significance of this iconic structure, enriching the experience even further. Despite its age, the Colosseum has stood the test of time, serving as a lasting symbol of Rome's power and influence. Exploring the various levels and imagining the events that unfolded here was a profound experience that left me with a deep appreciation for the city's rich heritage. I highly recommend visiting the Colosseum to anyone traveling to Rome. It's an unforgettable journey into the past and a reminder of the enduring legacy of one of the world's greatest civilizations.
Wang Ilaria (2 months ago)
The underground Colosseum experience with the tour guide is extraordinary! We can never imagine the underground world of the Colosseum, and where the gladiators prepared, where the animals were in cage to be brought upstairs. All the special scenery that they prepared, as fighting on the water with special scenery with boats etc etc ... The tour guide is really so professional, and she explained everything to us and answered a lot of our questions. It is really a special experience that I hope all of you can try it.
Piotr Domański (2 months ago)
The Colosseum in Rome is an iconic landmark that left me in awe with its grandeur, history, and architectural magnificence. Visiting this ancient amphitheater was a truly unforgettable experience that allowed me to step back in time and imagine the gladiatorial battles and spectacles that once took place within its walls. From the moment I approached the Colosseum, I was struck by its imposing presence and the sheer scale of its structure. Standing in the heart of Rome, it's a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of the ancient Roman civilization. As I entered the Colosseum and explored its interior, I was fascinated by the intricate details of its design and the engineering marvels that allowed it to accommodate tens of thousands of spectators. The tiers of seating, the underground chambers where gladiators awaited their fate, and the arena itself all spoke volumes about the cultural and social significance of this remarkable amphitheater. While walking through the corridors and archways of the Colosseum, I couldn't help but feel a sense of reverence for the history that unfolded within these walls. Imagining the roar of the crowds, the clash of swords, and the bravery of the gladiators added depth to my visit and made me appreciate the Colosseum even more. Moreover, the Colosseum offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area, including the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, which further enriched my experience. It's a place where history comes alive, and every corner tells a story of ancient Rome's power, glory, and legacy. In addition to its historical significance, the Colosseum is also a symbol of resilience and endurance. Despite centuries of wear and tear, it still stands as a testament to human achievement and the enduring spirit of Rome. Overall, visiting the Colosseum was a highlight of my trip to Rome, and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in history, architecture, or simply experiencing the awe-inspiring wonders of the ancient world. It's a place that truly captures the imagination and leaves a lasting impression on all who visit.
Caoilinn Smith (2 months ago)
Amazing piece of history to see and would recommend to anyone. Unfortunately it is plagued by many people trying to scam you into paying 3 times the price to skip the tickets queue. I would ignore anyone who offers you these tour "deals". Otherwise it's a great day out, filled with interesting information and great views! Highly recommend!
Friendly Notary (2 months ago)
Amazing amazing amazing. I recommend doing a tour so you understand what you're looking at as you walk through it. Take your time inside and don't plan too many things on the day you come here. I was happy to pay for the tour guide we had.
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