Colosseum is one of the world's most famous touristic structures. The amphitheater whose construction was started by Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD, was opened eight years later by Titus. According to belief, this famous building takes its name from the gigantic statue of Emperor Nero at the height of 30 m, called Colossus Neronis.
Colosseum which was built right on east of the Roman Forum, has a viewer capacity of 50,000 – 80,000. While the theater was used with its purpose, these viewers were being sat down according to class distinctions.
Colosseum which is a colossal structure of 188 meters in length and 156 meters in width has been used not only for theatrical plays but also for animal fights, executions and gladiatorial combats. Gladiatorial fights are an activity that were very popular in those days. There were also a few female gladiators among the gladiators which is generally consisted of slaves, prisoners and criminals. These struggles, which high and low watch, were sometimes being followed by the emperor. Even at the opening of the Colosseum, which witness spectacular ceremonies, more than 5000 animals and as much again people were killed. The wild elephants brought from Africa, lions and and bears were attracting attention during the games.
After gladiatorial fights, wild animal hunts, execution for more than 450 years, the colonnades of the Colosseum was filled with pens, barns and castles and its stones were looted. The stones removed from the Colosseum were used in different places. Although destroyed by indifference and looting, the building is still one of the most famous and important sightseeing points in Italy. Just around the Colosseum is Romans wearing gladiator costumes, where you can take fun photos for a small fee.
There are many important structures around the Colosseum located on east of the Roman Forum. Arco di Costantino, Arco di Tito, Domus Aurea, Circo Massimo, Traianus Column and Traianus Markets are among the most important sightseeing points situated in surroundings. Put this famous tourist point of the world to the top of your list of places to visit in Rome absolutely.
Coliseum Visiting Informations
- Address: Piazza del Colosseo, Rome
- Getting there: You can reach the Colosseum by buses numbered C3, 60, 75, 81, 85, 87, 175, tram numbered 3 or the most comfortable "Colosseo" metro stop.
- Visiting Information: 08.30-Sunset, Closed in public holidays. The entrance fee is 9 €. Let your mind that Roma Pass Card holders are able to enter in without waiting the box office.