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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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On the way to Rome - Jun 13, 2009, by MadSuh
I got home from Romania at around 11:30pm, threw my dirty clothes in the laundry bin and immediately packed for my next trip... Rome. Work is work, but enough of that... I had enough of my regular life and just had to escape for a short... Read more »

Einem kurzen Besuch im Vatikan - Jun 11, 2009, by mary
Am 4. Tag wachte ich sehr spät auf. Alle waren schon wach. Mama und Flavia weckten mich. Danach frühstückten Mama, Peter und ich ohne die anderen, weil Caro und Flavia schon gegessen hatten. Nach dem Frühstück... Read more »

Dinge zu sehen in Rom - Jun 11, 2009, by mary
Um 8.30 Uhr wachten wir alle auf und frühstückten gemeinsam.Dann wollten Mama,Peter und ich in die Stadt, aber wir fanden den Eingansschlüssel zu Wohnung nicht. Wir suchten und suchten.Dann riefen wir Fillipo bei der Arbeit... 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 »

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 »

 
 

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