ITALY : Wandering around the Colosseum

The Colosseum or also known as the ‘Flavian Amphitheater’ is an extremely well known tourist attraction based in Rome, Italy. It had been something that I’ve always wanted to experience. I had seen photo after photo of it but I don’t think anything could have prepared me for how huge it was and the over whelming feeling of the range of emotions people would have felt there back in its prime. Today on Wandering in Wanderland, Wander with me through the Roman’s Colosseum.


The Colosseum ( I Personally believe ) is a tourist attraction not to be missed – we paid only 13 euro for 3 sites ( the Colosseum, the roman forum and Palatine Hill ) which to me is cheap as chips considering Edinburgh Castle is about 36 pound!


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We went later at night –  17:00 – and we didn’t have to wait in any ques at all! bliss! I didn’t find it particularly busy and we still got 2 hours to explore which was more than enough for the Colosseum.


 

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However, we did miss out on the roman forum and could only see it from behind the gates as that also shut at 19:15.. I’d also like to point out that you cannot get your tickets past 18:15 so if you think an hour is enough then make sure you still get there before 18:00!


 

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Anyway – I’ll definitely be back to Rome to experience the rest of the roman wonders but for this trip the Colosseum was definitely worth the 13 euro ticket!


 

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It was crazy to wander around the Colosseum and imagine what people had felt and experienced there. Can you imagine sitting in your thrown peering down and deciding to give the thumbs down? or being that poor person scared out of their wits praying for the thumbs up?


 

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The Colosseum would host animal hunting, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, dramas and of course, most famously known for the gladiatorial contests.


 

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The Colosseum could hold roughly about 80,000 spectators when full. 80, 000 people screaming  about your fate.


 

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Building had started in AD 72 under Emperor Vespasian and completed in AD 80 under Titus. The Colosseum has survived years of wars, earthquakes and stone-robbers. Although it’s partially damaged, it stands strong and is an iconic symbol throughout Italy.


 

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The Colosseum is a beautiful building and something definitely to be experienced while in Rome.  There is a lot of ‘guides’ outside the building offering deals – of course, it’s up to yourself whether you get one or not – just make sure you don’t get completely ripped off! You can also get audio guides to wander around at your own pace.


 

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For more pictures of the Colosseum scroll to the bottom of post.


Have you been to the Colosseum before? or has this post given you some wanderlust to go there? Let me know in the comments below


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                              and a big thank you to Leanne and Laurie for wandering with me!


 

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