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Things To Do in Rome: Relive The History of The Roman Colosseum

August 22, 2013
Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Rome was one of the first four cities I visited the very first time I traveled alone to Europe (along with Paris, Florence and Munich) and the Roman Colosseum excited me the most about that trip. You see when I was still in school, World History really piqued my interest – Rome’s in particular and I was on a high when I realized that I am on my way to see one of the greatest architecture of the Roman empire – the Colosseum. Of course I watched the Gladiator movie again before I went to Rome just to give me some visuals of what might have happened there when I finally set foot in the Colosseum with Russel Crowe in it.

Now I am not going to talk about the details and history of this massive and grand ampitheatre – that’s what other websites are for. I’ll just feed you with photos which I sure hope will make you want to see it for yourself. All photos below were taken during my second visit to Rome with a Trafalgar tour. 🙂

One of the entrances to the colosseum. At this point, as I was walking through that arch - I think I was holding my breathe. :)

One of the entrances to the colosseum. At this point, as I was walking through that arch – I think I was holding my breathe. 🙂

This is the elaborate underground structure of the arena called "hypogeum". On top of that is a wooden floor covered by sand.

This is the elaborate underground structure of the arena called “hypogeum”. On top of that is a wooden floor covered by sand.

Still the hypogeum, the tunnels are where the animals and gladiators were held before the contests began.

Still the hypogeum, the tunnels are were the animals and gladiators are held before the contests began.

Separate tunnels were provided for the Emperor and the Vestal Virgins to permit them to enter and exit the Colosseum without needing to pass through the crowds.

Separate tunnels were provided for the Emperor and the Vestal Virgins to permit them to enter and exit the Colosseum without needing to pass through the crowds.

The Colosseum can accommodate 87,000 people at once - which makes it the largest ampitheatre of the Roman Empire.

The Colosseum can accommodate 87,000 people at once – which makes it the largest ampitheatre of the Roman Empire.

The Colosseum was later endorsed as a sacred site where early Christians had been martyred.

It was later endorsed as a sacred site where early Christians had been martyred.

And after your tiring exploration of the Colosseum, have a pizza in front of it just like what I did. :)

And after your tiring exploration of the Colosseum, have a pizza in front of it just like what I did. 🙂

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  • Reply trainwestcan2espanotranswest August 25, 2013 at 18:14

    Thank you. The cradle of modern civilization, it is good to be reminded

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