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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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  • We anticipated the Colosseum being one of the highlights of our trip to Rome and we weren't disappointed. We were in awe of the sheer size of it long before we made it there as we could see if from so...  more »
  • Cool for the time still an amazing relic of the time love ♥ it's worth nothing ' like this kind of monument to make a trip in the past C is if big we feel many things there
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  • A must see place. We went on the 4th March 17. The whole city has tight security, every major visitors site. So takes a while to get through the security barriers but, once inside you are free to roam...  more »
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  • I entered the Colosseum twice on a 5 day holiday in Rome and loved both times. I recommend buying your tickets on-line beforehand (it's a few euros extra from the official web-site). The queues can be very long, even off-peak. We were able to by-pass them and entered in a few minutes. Also I took a guided night tour. The amphitheatre was more or less empty and we were able to access the underground areas. I really enjoyed being able to spend some time understanding what I was seeing without the crowds.
  • This is huge, best place. Its great historical story behind it. Out side and inside view is also good. Few walls are made recently to support the structure. You can get a audio guide there. Worth going. You can buy a common ticket for 3 places which includes Colosseum, Roman forum for €12.
  • Amazing to see the iconic building! Lines can be long but move quickly and once you're inside, it's easy to get lost in the grandeur of the place. Make sure you go up to the second floor to get a good view of the pits as well as the neighbouring Roman Forum! One thing that is a shame is that the wooden floor in the arena that covered the underground spaces no longer exists. It makes it difficult to envision what the arena originally looked like but see the catacombs underneath has its own appeal!
  • Like most historic locations to tour in Rome (and throughout Italy for that matter) it's worth the extra 30 or 40 euro to buy a ticket on a group tour which "skips the line". I took the 50 euro underground tour - it's closed to the public, and only 1 group of 20 are allowed down every 15 minutes. You get a chance to see the excavated gladiator and lion areas, which sound better than they are, but you then get taken to the top floor to view down into the arena and out onto the city and forum. It's worth the price and offers the added benefit of the serenity of a semi-private guided tour without the wait
  • THE one thing you need to see when you visit Rome. It can easily already seen while your plane is landing. A place with lots of history. Best time to visit early in the morning. Get a combi ticket for the Roman forum. Best way to explore it is to get a real affordable guide. The audio guide for 6 € gives only e few info's.