Colosseum Rome

Colosseum Rome

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About Colosseum Rome

Rome is among the most beautiful and thrilling cities nested in Southern Europe that experiences a footfall of no less than 7 million tourists each year. You will be thrilled to choose among the wide array of masterpieces, extraordinary architecture, and stories of ancient times. An eternal icon of Rome that generates attraction, is the Colosseum. It was once used to be the site of an artificial lake that was drained to make way for the Colosseum signifying the end of a tyrannical rule.

The Colosseum Rome was structured to accommodate a total of 70000 guests of which 60000 could be seated while the rest 10000 could stand. The architecture from the outside looks equivalent to a 12-storied building as it has arches and columns depicted in various styles. The bottom level is of Tuscan style, the top is of Corinthian whereas the middle level showcases the Ionic style.

The Colosseum Rome is seen particularly white in color but the Arena is built using black & red blocks of stone. The floor of the Arena was wooden that was covered with sand to avert soldiers from slipping. The soldiers used to enter the Arena from a Gate of Life and the Gate of Death was for the exit of the soldiers who died during the fight. One can explore all these areas during the visit to the Colosseum of Rome and learn all about the ancient times and the history behind the architecture.

What To See In The Colosseum Rome

Colosseum Outer Wall

At 186 meters long and 156 meters broad, the Colosseum Rome has an oval form that appears almost spherical. The outer wall is made of a travertine marble structure supported by iron clamps instead of mortar, It suffered massive destruction by multiple earthquakes, and its whole south side fell in the 1349 earthquake.

Although the fallen stone was utilized to build structures all throughout Rome, the original levels of pillars and arches can still be seen on the north side. The first story is Doric, the middle is Ionic, and the top is Corinthian. What looks to be the Colosseum's outside wall is really the ancient inner wall. Only parts of the four major entrances' original reliefs remain.

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Colosseum Interior

Colosseum Interior had a well-defined level-wise seating structure for people where the public occupied the third and fourth levels, and the noble households sat on the second course. The 50,000 spectators could quickly find their seats or depart thanks to properly planned seating rows, interior tunnels, and staircase. Originally, an umbrella above the audience was supported by 240 poles that were placed around the upper level's walls. Only a few elements of the magnificently adorned interior's entirety still exist to provide a glimpse of what it may have looked like over the first several centuries. The Christian victims who were said to have perished here during the Roman Imperial period are remembered with a bronze cross at one end of the arena. In actuality, there is limited evidence of amphitheater use.

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The Hypogeum

The wooden, sand-coated arena surface was 83 by 48 meters. The walls of the hypogeum, a massive two-story subterranean maze of tunnels linking gladiator training areas, prisons for exotic wild animals, and storerooms that were concealed beneath the floor, may now be seen because it was long since demolished. The stadium was filled with water occasionally for imaginary sea battles, and sophisticated equipment was used to pull scenery and caged animals into the arena.

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 Arch of Constantine
Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine, which is situated next to the Colosseum, is a triumphal arch dedicated to Emperor Constantine, who was declared "liberator of the city and bringer of peace" after winning the Battle of the Milvian Bridge in 312. Despite being integrated for many years (together with the Colosseum) into the Frangipani family's castle, this 21m tall Roman structure is renowned to be the the biggest and the best preserved triumphal arch in Rome.A boar hunt and an Apollo sacrifice are the themes shown on the arch, which is embellished with reliefs from older constructions.

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Interesting Facts about Colosseum Rome

Iconic Colosseum
  • Because emperors utilized these games to acquire political favor, the entry to the Colosseum Rome was free for residents of the empire who did not have money.

  • The Colosseum has claimed the lives of over 500,000 people and over one million animals.

  • Julius Caesar, the legendary Roman Emperor, is frequently connected with the Colosseum. Despite this affiliation, he never visited the Colosseum.

  • The Colosseum Rome was elliptical in shape, unlike other amphitheaters of the time. Spectators would receive a bird's eye glimpse of the arena or action region with this feature.

  • The Colosseum, which was planned to house 80,000 spectators, was constructed without the use of sophisticated machinery or heavy equipment.

  • There were 80 magnificent entrances, as well as a dozen interior portals, tunnels, stairs, and corridors throughout the construction. This assisted in crowd management as well as the rapid dispersal of the crowd in the amphitheater without provoking panic.

  • There were hand-operated lifts and trap doors that were utilized in the arena by the technologically trained Romans to create illusions for audiences while gladiators battled.

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History of Colosseum Rome

When we look at this wonder of the world, we do nothing but think about the story behind it and its magnificent structure . The Colosseum Rome History has more to it than just architecture. Did you know that the Flavian dynasty's ruler Vespasian built Rome's Colosseum as a present to the citizens of Rome. The building of this engineering marvel started in AD 70-72 and took more than just decades to finish. In AD 80, Titus, Emperor Vespasian's son, inaugurated the edifice. As it was known at the time, the Flavian Amphitheater included a hundred days of entertainment, including gladiator combat and wild animal battles. Romans used the Colosseum to stage plays, mock combat, and public executions over time. The Colosseum is said to have been used as a chapel, a fortification, and a quarry by Roman families. During the height of the Roman Empire, the Romans made extensive use of it. While the Romans used it extensively at the Roman Empire's pinnacle, it fell into ruin by the twentieth century as a result of theft, and negligence, and due to natural hazards such as floods and lightning, where two-thirds of this beautiful monument was demolished. The monument is currently ancient Rome's most known legacy, attracting millions of tourists worldwide, owing to restoration efforts that began in the 1990s.

Plan Your Visit to Colosseum Rome

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Essential Information
How to get to the Colosseum

Colosseum Opening Hours:

  • The regular timings for the opening of the Colosseum Rome are from 8:30 in the morning.

  • It normally shuts at 5 pm in the winter, and depending on the time of year, it can stay open until 7:15 pm for the rest of the year.

  • On June 5th the opening timings are from 1:30 in the afternoon because of the Italian National Day.

  • The Colosseum is closed on Jan 1st and 25th December.


  • The Colosseum Rome is located in Piazza del Colosseo, 1 in Rome, Italy.

  • You can also find the directions on Google maps for those who are traveling from their own conveyance.

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Colosseum Rome FAQs

How long does it take to complete a Colosseum tour?

Self-guided tours of the Colosseum will take around an hour, including time for photographs and, of course, selfies. Guided tours typically run an hour and a half to an hour and 45 minutes.

What are the Colosseum opening hours?

The regular timings for the opening of the Colosseum are from 8:30 in the morning. It normally shuts at 5 pm in the winter, and depending on the time of year, it can stay open until 7:15 pm for the rest of the year.

Is it worth visiting Colosseum Rome?

The Colosseum of Rome is magnificent, and seeing it up close is the greatest way to appreciate how much more to this monument than gory gladiator legends. The interior of the Colosseum is stunning, fascinating, and unique, making it a photographer's dream. It is sure to be a feature of your vacation to Rome.

Should you buy Colosseum tickets in advance?

The Roman Colosseum requires advance reservations for all visiting. The easiest approach to getting Colosseum Rome Tickets is to do it in advance and online. You may choose your desired day and time period for this approach, but please remember the closing time before you visit Colosseum Rome.

Why is the Colosseum so damaged?

The Colosseum began to degrade soon after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. The edifice bore severe damage by successive earthquakes in the fifth century A.D. as well as due to utter negligence. Approximately 2/3rd of the core building had been ruined by the twentieth century.

What is the Colosseum?

The Colosseum is an elliptical amphitheater located immediately east of the Roman Forum in the heart of Rome, Italy. A visit to the Colosseum Rome is a must as, despite its antiquity, it is the biggest ancient amphitheater ever erected and remains the world's largest standing amphitheater today.

Who built the Colosseum?

Emperor Vespasian began construction of the Colosseum, but he died before it was finished. Emperors Titus and Domitian, his two sons, completed the construction. The actual construction was mostly done by Jewish slaves under the supervision of Roman engineers and craftsmen.

Why was the Colosseum built?

After the difficult year of the four emperors, the Colosseum was constructed as part of an imperial effort to revive Rome. The emperor Vespasian planned the Colosseum to be an entertainment facility, animal hunts, organizing gladiator bouts, and even fake naval battles, as he did in other amphitheaters.

What happened to the Colosseum?

The Colosseum began to degrade after the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. The edifice was damaged by successive earthquakes in the fifth century A.D. as well as due to negligence. Approximately 2/3rd of the core building had been destroyed by the twentieth century.

Why is the Colosseum important today?

The Colosseum survives today as a testament to ancient Rome's architectural and technical brilliance as one of the few substantially surviving monuments from the Roman Empire. It is also a significant source of money for the Italian government from tourism.

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