The Travel Book – The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

The great thing about Rome is that it feels like you are going back in history and walking amongst some of the biggest moments in time. One of the sites where history comes alive is none other then the Colosseum on the Piazza del Colosseo.

The Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Ancient Rome and dates back to 70ad and was an Amphitheatre that was used as a stadium for gladiatorial contests, this could range from anything from animal hunts, re-enactments of famous battles to executions and dramas based on Classical Mythology. The Colosseum can hold between 50,000 – 80,000 people.

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The Colosseum is built in that particular area because it was chosen due to flat land and being on the floor of a low valley. Whilst over the hundreds of years the area has changed dramatically, the Colosseum still remains in the same location standing tall.

The Colosseum in Rome is different to others that were built at the same time because it is an entirely freestanding structure. Over time the structure has obviously changed due to ageing. A lot of the original arena floor is not visible anymore due to ageing however you can see the hypogeum visibly which was a selection of underground tunnels where animals and performers were brought through to reach different areas of the arena.

The arena is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rome today and in the past 10 years has been given sponsorship money to maintain the structure of the Colosseum.

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Back in 2012 I visited the Colosseum as part of a Cruise and the outside is pretty impressive, it looks exactly like you would expect although you do expect it to be a bit taller then it is. The one thing I found interesting about the place is that when you step inside it has a very weird feeling about it. You can almost feel that it is a place where many people lost their lives and it oozes with the atmosphere of death. Saying that, it is really impressive, it is a place you should really visit when you are in Rome as the history really does come alive.

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