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You must see the Coloseum, Rome, Italy

 
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added on 30th of April, 2009
The Coloseum of Rome amazing! It is the largest amphitheater ever built in the Roman Empire; its construction took 8 years, from 72AD to 80AD, from Emperor Vespasian to Emperor Titus. It hosted some of the grandest festivals of the ancient world. The ‘noble audience’ enjoyed the gladiator fights, the feeding of lions and tigers with Christians and other philanthropic staff until 523 – when the last fight with animals was recorded.

According to the chronicles, the inauguration of the Coloseum was marked by a hundred-day free game. More than 9000 animals and nobody knows how many men were murdered in the arena in the time of the ‘games’. I always wondered, why and when one part of the building fell. Well it’s the Southern side and it was damaged by a great earthquake in the middle of the 9th century.

Also, during the late Middle Ages a lot from the material of the Coloseum was used for other buildings that were in construction at that time. Even Saint Peter’s Basilica has got some pieces of it built in, so attractions in Rome are almost literally linked. ;)

Coloseum is amazing. Much larger than we imagined, its arches of 4 levels totally dominate the center of Rome. It’s even more amazing from the inside as we stood in the arena and looked around, we could almost see the 50,000 spectators shouting at us. It was actually a little creepy as well, knowing about the unimaginable massacres that took place right where we were standing.

There are always long lines for tickets in front of the Coloseum, but if you just walk down a little bit, to the Palatine Hills, you can buy the same ticket (the ticket includes the Coloseum, the Palatine Hills and the Forum) immediately, no queues there. You can also join a tour for a couple of extra Euros and get a lot of great, professional information about the history of the building.

 

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Rome, ItalyThe city of Rome is one of the oldest and the most preserved to date. There are speculations that set the proximate era of its establishment. Despite the claims of the Romans that they were able to establish the eternal city in 753 B.C., views and analyses of modern historians suggest that the recognition of Rome as a city was not proven until over a century later in 625 B.C. Rome started as a small settlement in Latin-speaking vicinity on the Western side of the Italian Peninsula. This group of people where the first Roman predecessors came about is called the Latiums. During the early development of Rome, its type of rule is actually... Read more »

 
 
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Rom, eine Tour in die Stadt - Jun 11, 2009, by mary
Am 2. Juni um 9.00 Uhr standen wir auf und fruestueckten alle gemeinsam.Danach gingen Mama,Peter und ich in die Stadt zum Colloseum.Dort aber muessten wir eine Stunde warten bis wir erst rein kommen wuerden. Das war uns zu lange und... Read more »

My first visit in Rome - Jun 13, 2009, by MadSuh
I guess most tourists are doing the same thing when they first visit Rome. It's a pain, but then Rome is so amazing that you just don't mind. The first day, we started out by taking the bus to downtown. I guess the best location to start... Read more »

Reise nach Ravensburg - Jun 11, 2009, by mary
Wir standen um 6.30 Uhr auf, aber frühstückten nicht. Caro und Flavia ließen wir schlafen. Nur Fillipo war schon wach und half uns unsere Sachen ins Auto zu bringen. Wir bedankten uns bei ihm und verabschiedeten uns und... Read more »

Favorite attraction in Rome - Apr 30, 2009, by cipristb
The Pantheon was built for the first time in the year 27 AD bt Agrippa, but suffered a serious fire in year 80 so that was rebuilt in the same form by the Emperor Hadrian in 127. In the year 609 the Pantheon came into the custody of the... Read more »

Alles ├╝ber die Villam Adriana - Jun 11, 2009, by mary
Ich wachte schon sehr früh auf und las noch in meinem Buch. Dann weckte ich Mama und Peter, weil sie früher aufstehen wollten. Als sie angezogen waren, gingen sie in einen Laden und kauften Brot und brachten es in die Wohnung.... Read more »

 
 

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