Rome’s Colosseum, one of the seven Wonders of the World, is the most famous landmark in Italy and one of the most famous in the world. Upon construction in the 1st century A.D., the stadium has over 80 entrances seated 50,000 people who would congregate to witness the spectacles on display. The last gladiatorial fights took place in 435 AD. The Colosseum is a popular place to imagine the electric ambience of the world’s most famous amphitheater. Colosseum attracts a great number of photographers of all levels. It is also possible to glance recreations of Roman culture around the Colosseum, as Rome plays to its hordes of enthusiastic tourists.
If you stay near the Colosseum you’re likely to encounter a number of cats, who make their homes among the fallen columns and stones. This decay of the Colosseum results from several factors. Weathering and earthquakes are natural elements, whilst the major influence was that the structure was later used as a quarry. The Romans gutted their amphitheater for the marble that was then used on other structures in the city. Today, the floor is gone, revealing the maze of corridors and rooms that held the animals, gladiators and the slaves that worked to produce the spectacle. Tours are offered in English that can give you insights into the intricacies involved.
As an important monument and a well known attraction, Colosseum has its moments of shine in movies, too. It appeared in the 1953 movie' Roman Holiday", ' Demetrius and the Gladiators', '20 Million Miles to Earth', 'Way of the Dragon', 'The Core', the animated film 'Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted ' but also in the video game 'Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood', to name a few.
Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma, Italy
Built: 70-80 AD
Phone: +39 06 3996 7700
Open hours: 8:30 am- 6:15 pm
Architects: Vespasian, Titus
Province: Province of Rome
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