Construction on the Flavian Amphitheatre began in 72CE and was completed eight years later to become the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire – capable of holding more than 50,000 spectators eager to watch the gladiatorial conquests. Today the Colosseum is an icon of Rome and a must-see attraction for all travellers to the Eternal City.
Here are our top five ways to admire this incredible construction.
Climb to the top of the Victor Emmanuel II monument, built in honour of the first King of a unified modern Italy, look to the east and admire the Colosseum in the distance. Head back down to street level, turn the corner into Via dei Fori Imperiali and gaze directly at the Colosseum at the end of the road. Walk slowly towards the structure to continue to build the suspense.
Once you reach you the sight of so many gruesome battles, take a moment to walk around the perimeter to appreciate its enormity. Try to imagine what it would have looked like if it was complete with a full outer wall.
While the façade may take your breath away, curious travellers will appreciate the amazing structure from the inside. Sit on the actual seats – as the spectators did 2000 years ago, check out the sub-terrain areas and stand in the centre of the building that set the precedent for many stadiums and performing arts venues since. Tickets to the Colosseum also include admission to Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum area – so you can fully immerse yourself in ancient Rome.
Through the Arch of Constantine
Sitting adjacent to the Colosseum, The Arch of Constantine was constructed to commemorate Constantine’s victory at the Battle of Milvian Bridge. Maybe use the arch to capture some artistic photographs – using the three iconic arches with the Colosseum in the background?
Take a scenic flight and appreciate Rome from the air. Be sure to spot the St Paul’s Basilica, Castel Sant Angelo, the Tiber River and of course the Colosseum. Flights generally depart from Urbe Airport and last around 20 minutes.