Colosseum is one of the most fascinating masterpieces of architecture ever built in the history of Rome. Colosseum was originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre and is the largest amphitheater belonging to the Roman Empire. He is a circular structure that occupies the eastern part of the Roman Forum. The amphitheater was built in order to organize the gladiator fights, theatrical performances and games, including hunters and parodies after naval battles, everything being open to the public, who could encourage their favorites.
Built in the center of Rome, this structure was built between 70 and 72 C.E. 80 C.E., during the reign of Titus. Its capacity is 50,000 seats. Over time, the Colosseum was destroyed by natural disasters, such as earthquakes, but nonetheless remained one of the main attractions of Rome. The gladiator training school is situated near the Colosseum, with a triangular shape, compared to the oval of the Colosseum. Other areas of interest are those where the armor were made, those where the gladiators were cared for after the fight, and the cemetery where the deceased found their eternal rest.
Nowadays, the Colosseum is used for religious purposes. Pope leads here a procession on Good Friday called “Way of the cross”. The amphitheater is distinguished by its rich flora that is present on its ancient walls. Colosseum in Rome was always the attention of the media and because of this, many Hollywood productions were made here. The famous film “Gladiator” was largely influenced by Romanian culture and fights between gladiators.
How to get to the Colosseum?
Fascinating history involving bloodshed and fierce battles combined with this structure having unique grandeur attract visitors from all over the world. You can easily get from the airport to the Colosseum by taxi or bus, but the entry queue can be very long, especially in summer. In addition to standing in line, you have other options such as purchasing tickets from the Roman Forum and Via San Gregorio (these ticket offices are usually less crowded) or on the Internet. You can buy a ‘combo’ ticket, which includes entry to some of the main attractions of Rome, or you can make a reservation in advance. Also, you can avoid the entry queue by joining an organized tour group.