The Colosseum (in Italian known as Coloseo) in Rome is immensely large: it accommodated 50,000 visitors. It was built in the 1st century after Chr. on behalf of Emperor Vespasianus. The architect is unknown, but it is true that this is an unprecedented architectural masterpiece.
Going back into the ages of gladiators, that is what a visit to the Colosseum feels like. It is (and was) the largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire. The ruling Emperor organized so-called ‘Games’ with wild animals like African lions. Gladiators were lifted from the dark catacombs in a cage and were released to fight the opponent.
If you want to do more than just look at stones, take a tour with a guide. A guide at the biggest amphitheater of the Roman Empire will tell you all about the history of the Colosseum. A nice experience that brings the decor back to life.
The catacombs of the Colosseum were closed to the public until November 2010. Following restoration and the installation of some facilities, it is now possible to wander around here. If you want to visit the catacombs you need to arrange this in advance. The tour is for small groups only and for safety reasons it will not be possible to go everywhere.
When you walk here, you will understand why this building is famed for the ingenuity of its construction. But also why it is so notorious: you can almost see the barbaric battles between gladiators, women, and wild animals unfold before your very eyes.
Best time to visit the Colosseum:
Plan your visit at the end of the day, when there are fewer tourists. Afterward, you can walk to the adjacent hill by Nero’s ‘Domus Aurea’ (Golden House), to get a good overall view of this enormous building. Having a look at night is also worthwhile as it is a lot quieter and the Colosseum will be beautifully illuminated.
The Colosseum is a popular attraction. If you don’t want to wait in a long line, buy your ticket online. You can also book a guided tour in advance. Otherwise, you stand the chance that all are fully booked.