Visit Rome Colosseum – The Most Famous Building in Italy
The Colosseum in Rome is probably the most famous building in Italy, if not the world. When building was completed in the year AD 80, the Colosseum was known to Romans as the Flavian Amphitheater and it was the largest building in existence. Standing four levels high, it had space for 55,000 spectators who made their way into the building through 80 entrances.
Given how old the Colosseum is, it’s remarkably well-preserved. Standing inside you can still imagine the gladiator sports of Ancient Rome taking place inside the amphitheater. The most important citizens viewed the games from the the lower levels, while the lower classes and women had to make do with viewing the games from the fourth level.
Roman Emperors often stage free games in the Colosseum to boost their popularity. Like all games, there were fights to the death between animals and gladiators or gladiator and gladiator.
The Colosseum is located very close to the Roman Forums and central Rome and it goes without saying it’s a must-see attraction. Admission is €12 (around $8) but because it’s a year round attraction there’s almost always a long line of people buying tickets. Luckily, you can skip the line (and the heat!) by booking a tour before you go. One of the best ways to book a Colosseum tour with Viator – a relaxing an informative half day walking tour of the Ancient Roman Forums and Colosseum with expert guide and all admission tickets included.
The tour includes access to the highest surviving level of the building, the third level, and for the first time in a decade the underground level which has only just been re-opened.
Group numbers are limited so it’s best to book early.