The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. Just east of the Roman Forum, the ampitheatre was the largest of its kind of the Roman Empire. This is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and just one look at it, you will feel the enduring spirit of the eternal city, Rome.
We were very lucky to get a hotel near the Colosseum, as it offers us a beautiful view of the landmark. Further, it was within close vicinity to most of the famous spots of ancient Rome. The metro was likewise around 5 minutes walk away, so it was easy to commute to the Vatican City and other parts of Rome. The ticket to the Colosseum is a combined one for a entry to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. It is good for two days, although you can actually go through the places within 3-4 hours. Or a whole day, at a leisurely pace. It took us a little more than half a day and gave us enough time to visit the St. Peter’s Basilica after a late lunch.
The Colosseum is very old (duh!). Construction began in 70 A.D. and completed in 80 A.D. The ampitheater could hold approximately 50,000 to 80,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions and re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on mythology. I can imagine hearing the roar of the spectators as they witness all of these their seats, looking down into the arena.
INSIDE THE COLOSSEO
THE COLOSSEO AT NIGHT
One of the advantages of staying near a tourist spot is that you can witness it both during the day and the night. It was a nice stroll to the Colosseum in the crisp evening breeze, with soft lights illuminating the ancient structure. We also got to admire the giant Christmas tree.
THE COLOSSEO AT DIFFERENT ANGLES
It was a very romantic and fun experience.