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Considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering, Colosseum is the largest amphitheater in the world. This world-famous Roman landmark is one of the city's most visited attractions, so expect a long line and an even longer wait. Skip the long line for the general entry by joining a guided tour of the site or by booking your tickets online. Built of concrete and stone, the elliptical amphitheater was originally capable of seating some 50,000 spectators who came to watch animal fights and gladiatorial combats. Emperor Vespasian began the amphitheater project in 70 CE. It was completed during the reign of Titus about ten years later, measuring 48 m (157 ft) high, 188 m (617 ft) long, and 156 m (511 ft) wide. Plan to visit Colosseum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Rome attractions using our Rome vacation planner.
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Not much to say other than the Colosseum is spectacular. And we were there on a rainy day. It is truly amazing. Definitely the highlight of our day in Rome.
I have been a few times now and it is always an affecting experience for me to see this piece of history. Poignant I suppose ... impressive and important to see, I believe. Like most people I'm line a... read more »
Okay this is a must see, but in early October it was still very very crowded, so plan your visit well and be prepared. It's amazing to hear every language spoken and to see the awe with which people r... read more »
While in Rome there r many places to visit but I found the coliseum full of history and probably the one place I will remember forever! I booked the night tour which started at 845 pm and went close to 1030 ! It was hosted by a gentlemen named Setefano . His knowledge was outstanding and the views were awesome . We started our tour from the basement and it's quite amazing to see it from the ground up . We travelled in a small group of around 20 + people . The group asked a lot of questions and he had information from start to finish . What a great tour !
What an amazing peace of history. To think they where capable to construct such a amazing structure back then. I would like to imagine when I walked around the Colosseum all the crowds cheering. People arriving from all over to see the fights. Amazing. Don't just go for a photo. Go to take in how amazing humankind is!!
To avoid the stupidly long queue, buy your tickets at the entrance to the Roman Forum or Palatine Hill, the lines there are usually only 15-20 minutes long maximum. Otherwise, just buy your tickets online. If you can, book a underground and third level tour - by doing this you can access areas not open generally. Also, make sure to download or hire an audioguide to understand the Colosseum in a greater depth. For some, the Colosseum can be underwhelming due to its smaller than expected size but the history behind it is amazing.
Absolutely stunning. The pictures don't quite do the Colosseum justice. In order to avoid the large line to get inside I would suggest booking your tickets online, or even better, use your Forum ticket to get in. Put on some good shoes, take your camera and keep a hand on your pocket and you're good to go.
I truly loved the Colosseum. It was (of course) one of the first sightseeing locations I wanted to go. Once I finally arrived I just couldn't breath. Just the excitement and atmosphere is just breathtaking! When I got inside I couldn't believe the size, it's a lot bigger when you get inside. The feel of the structure is also breathtaking! I'm feeling history! As said in recent comments, I suggest to go to Roman forums first and get the 3 way tickets. It's quite cheap, I think around ($12). That way you can skip most ques.
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