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  • Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 00184, Italy
  • Hours: Daily 9am–7pm (4pm in winter)
  • Admission: €12
Rome's Colosseum, also known in Italian as Colosseo or Anfiteatro Flavio, is one of the world's best-known sites from antiquity, and for something built in 80 AD, it's holding up very well. It was here that the Roman emperors watched gladiators stage battles to the death and hunt wild animals. The Colosseum set the model for all modern-day stadiums — the only difference being that today's teams survive their games.

The stadium was built so that both royalty and the public could enjoy the violent spectacles, although viewers were seated by social rank and wealth. While gladiatorial games were banned in 438 AD, the wild beast hunting continued until 523 AD. The Colosseum is also known for its complex and advanced architecture, much of which is still in tact despite the site being used as a quarry for building materials at various points in history.

Today, visitors can see the tiered seating, corridors and the underground rooms where the animals and gladiators awaited their fate. Take in a tour of normally off-limits areas, such as the network of underground passages, chambers and cells, or head to the upper tier, which was recently opened for the first time since the 1970s. On the third level, travelers will find the area where members of the lower Roman classes sat when cheering the gladiators, enjoying bird's-eye views of the action below. From this unique vantage point, visitors can walk around and enjoy the views.

Practical Info

Metro line B stop Colosseo is located right at the entrance to the Colosseum, while tramway line 3 also stops at the stadium site. Various buses stop outside the metro station. Lines can be very long, so booking a skip-the-line tour is recommended.

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