The walk from King Vittorio’s Monument to the Colosseum passes by many ruins. The walkway is charming in the summer and normally full of street performers. It is a paved way that is rather like a promenade and a peaceful break from Rome’s busy roads. There is a skip the line option here too, and it covers a number of things to see inside the Colosseum. All of this area has been subject to earthquakes, stone robbers and time. What is left oozes with history. The actual Colosseum or Coliseum, was also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. Built of travertine, tuff, and brick-faced concrete, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built not including modern stadiums, because it only holds between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, but it was completed under his successor and heir Titus in AD 80. Modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, which is why it is known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. It was used for gladiatorial contests similar to the Russel Crowe film Gladiator. However, the less film remembered part of its past was public executions and other events used to try and sell tickets such as re-enactments and large-scale theatre like mock sea battles.
- The Piazza Navona & Pantheon is a beautiful square covered in another blog page.
- The Trevi Fountain and Spanish steps are also big tourist attractions, and we have a huge tip here, see our other blog.
- A brief orientation of Rome so the City won’t come as a big surprise ends with a suggestion. There is another way to see Rome. How about re-living the clues in the movie Angels and Demons.
- The Bus Tour is a great option, whether hop on or hop off or the one we prefer the Big Bus which is a British company based in London. Click here for blog.
- Jeans walking tour of central Rome click here for blog.
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