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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 your visit to Colosseum and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Rome online visit planner.
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  • Anyone who goes to Rome, really should visit the Colosseum. The engineering that went into building this place, and for it still to be standing, is mind-blowing. It was worth paying extra to have... 
    Anyone who goes to Rome, really should visit the Colosseum. The engineering that went into building this place, and for it still to be standing, is mind-blowing. It was worth paying extra to have...  more »
  • Mercedes was the best tour guide ever - tour itself was well planned and hosted. Thank you! Ps. love your Harry Potter bag :) 
    Mercedes was the best tour guide ever - tour itself was well planned and hosted. Thank you! Ps. love your Harry Potter bag :)  more »
  • Our guide Novella was awesome! Her personality had us laughing the entire tour. If we had a smaller tour I feel that we could have learned more from her. Too much time was spent on making sure that....  more
    Our guide Novella was awesome! Her personality had us laughing the entire tour. If we had a smaller tour I feel that we could have learned more from her. Too much time was spent on making sure that....  more »
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  • The Colosseum is extremely beautiful. Make sure to read some history behind it before your visit. I would recommend to take a guided tour. We were lucky to have an English speaking Italian guide, who was incredible. Also try to visit the Palatine hill. Our visit took us back in time :) and we left with great memories. Also make sure to take a walk around the area. It's a beautiful walk with many surprises.
  • Amazing! Lines are long but worth the wait. This place will make you feel small. Highly recommend booking an experienced tour guide, preferably someone who is familiar with Bible based tours. The history of this place as well as the grandeur is pretty cool. Go early so the lines aren’t too long and bring a hat and water, you will be happy you did.
  • Extremely cool. Took my breath away to just imagine the history of this place. I would recommend going as early as possible. It gets very warm in the afternoon. Also, I would go with a private tour guide as opposed to a large group. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and a great story teller.
  • Very beautiful place with a great history! Unfortunately it is not organized properly. There are many people outside the Colosseum pretending they are guides and help you get the tickets because you can buy them only online, but they are not employed by the museum and maybe they are trying to exploit tourists. Also there are 2 types of tickets the simple one and the "full experience". You grant access in catacombs etc only with the full experience ticket but there aren't enough information about it and most people don't know the existence of the "full experience" ticket.
  • Obviously a must see when in Rome. In fact, it's hard to avoid. What is the best part of it? Let me rank it with the respective prices: 1. The outside: complete free. Clearly, the Colosseum is most beautiful and impressive when seen from the outside. Get up close, completely for free. Walk around it. Just marvelous. 2. Underground guided tour. If you get the combination ticket for the Colosseum and the Forum (valid 48 hours), then consider adding a 10 Euro guided tour. Definitely worth it. 3. The exhibition on other uses of the Colosseum in the medieval times. This only requires an entry ticket to the Colosseum and it is completely fascinating.

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