Colosseum Rome for beginners guide
Guide to the Colosseum, Rome
The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is one of the most recognisable structures in Rome. This huge structure towers 157 feet in the air and measures 513 by 620 feet in length. The Colosseum was built in AD 80 on the orders of Emperor Titus and was designed to hold more than 50,000 entertainment-eager spectators.
Visitors looking to get to the Colosseum can access it from Via dei Fori Imperialia road running from the Piazza Venezia to the Colosseum grounds. From other parts of the city, travellers can take the Metro train Line B and go down at the Colosseo Metro Station. The Colosseum is immediately visible from the station, and visitors are free to explore the area by foot.
Entry to the Colosseum typically costs around 8 euros and the grounds are open to guests every day of the week from 9 am to 4:30 pm. During the summer months, the Colosseum is open up until 7:30 pm in the evening. It is worth noting that the ticket booths around the area close an hour before the Colosseum closes.
There are also many shows and exhibits that are conducted inside the Colosseum grounds. For those on a tight budget, walking around the area surrounding the Colosseum is free and can be just as satisfying. There are also free tours being conducted outside the Colosseum, and tourists are welcome to follow the tour guides and listen to the informative talks on the Colosseum’s history.
Other notable sights in the immediate vicinity of the Colosseum include the:
- Roman Forum
- Palatine Hill
- Arch of Constantine
- Baths of Caracalla
- Circus Maximus.
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