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Colosseum, Rome

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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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  • Book early to avoid appointment's if you want to see it all. We prebooked everything we did in rome online before going, this saved hours of queuing. This is a fabulous piece of history, good to visit...  more »
  • Very nice a must see Council voice guidance explaining the history and more like architecture and dungeons
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  • A must if in Rome. Nothing like imagined, impressive. Makes you think, over the ages how it adapted to life at the time. A enjoyable 2.5 hrs. Kids enjoyed it too.  more »
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  • It might be worth the extra money to get a guide to show you around. We did not have a guide and had only a few posted plaques to read for information. Perhaps consider finding a podcast tour to download if it's a money issue. The structure is massive and impressive to look at, but if you're wanting stories and history consider sucking it up and paying extra. There will be "guides" outside offering to take you on a tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. I think they're legit, but they're not associated with the site. I liked seeing the place. I wish I knew more of its history.
  • My first ever travelling out of Malaysia, it had to Italy. First stop upon stepping foot in Rome was Colosseum. Meet our wonderful tour guide who spoke about the history of this place with a book. But since the queue was so long, we left for other places, and then return again after lunch. Stood in the queue, thereafter into this amazing place. So loved. History has always been my call, so I was fascinate seeing the whole spectrum of Colosseum. Up, down and all over, read those information, took pictures and after an hours plus, out of here with great memory which still lingers. Would mind returning again if I have another chance.
  • I DREAMED about visiting this place since I was young! It is literally one of the SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD so why not?! The infrastructure is decadent. The views are unbeatable. Definitely a place to see during the day and when the sun is setting. You can get some great shots if you head over right before sunset. Be sure to do the tour. The guides are helpful and its a must if its your first visit!
  • It's a 'wow'. 🙀. Never gets old. Have been there both inside and out day and night multiple times. Recently they have opened up the underground at night to see where the gladiators and animals were kept. Fascinating! You must reserve. If you can't get the tickets directly there are multiple tour providers who you can book but it costs more.
  • Absolutely amazing, better than I expected. So much history to the place. As a tourist you have to visit the Colosseum. I had a great tour for just €5, tour guide was very friendly and informative. I would recommend booking tickets in advance to avoid the queues, we queued for over an hour, but still worth it.

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For easy foot access to most of the city's main historical sites, consider staying in Rome's old town center. The area is conveniently placed for public transport, only a walk away from the city's main railway station. Accommodations here span all hotels sectors, from cheap hostels to luxury brand names. To avoid the steep prices and overcrowding of the town center, explore the hotels in the inner suburbs of Rome. They offer comfortable rooms and excellent food at a fraction of the price charged by the centrally located hotel chains. Another affordable option is the area around Vatican, which boasts a good selection of family-owned B&Bs.
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