Rome: The Colosseum

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Rome is an incredible city with loads to see and do – but you just can’t go there without visiting the Colosseum.

The colosseum is absolutely thought provoking. For those of you with active imaginations like myself it’s easy to see past the seas of selfie stick wielding tourists and imagine the horrors that took place in this incredible amphitheater. Make sure you either get there early to line up if you don’t like waiting or buy a skip the line ticket (or book a tour). Entry is free on the first Saturday of the month – but get there damn early.

Entry prices

€7,50 for EU passport holders (lucky bastards) and people between 18-25. Make sure you have your ID with you.

€12,00 for everyone else (like me)

FREE for people under 18 years old and on the first Sunday of the month.

FUN FACTS (so you don’t have to pay for a tour guide)

  • It’s the number one tourist attraction of Rome.
  • Building started in 72AD and was completed in 80AD (olllllld!)
  • Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre – something about the Flavian Dynasty Emperors.
  • It’s the biggest amphitheater in the world and is listed as a wonder of the medieval world.
  • This giant concrete and stone building is considered to be one of the greatest feats of architecture and engineering.
  • Could hold between 50-80,000 spectators.
  • The last gladiatorial fights took place in 435AD.
  • Festivals and games sometimes lasted up to 100 days (now that’s a party!)
  • Mini naval battles were held there.

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One thought on “Rome: The Colosseum

    The wandering gastronomist said:
    June 9, 2015 at 1:59 am

    I love this post! I was there a few months ago and to read this makes me feel like I am back in Rome wandering the stone streets and taking in the atmosphere. Great photography as well!

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