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The Rome Coliseum is one of Rome’s most visited attractions and finest pieces of architecture.
It dates back to 72 AD. The Coliseum seated 50,000 spectators and hosted a variety of events including re-enactments of famous battles, classical mythology dramas and the more gruesome animal hunts and executions.
As an animal lover, the most fascinating (and disturbing fact) that I learned about the Coliseum was that 9000 animals, including elephants, tigers and lions were killed in the inaugural games. Its hard to believe that something I find so beautiful today, would have invoked fear in previous times. And that something so beautiful was the place of so many senseless deaths -both human and animal. I couldn’t have stomached witnessing that. Although I did make a pretty good gladiator at Gladiator School. I could look at the Coliseum for hours, but thought it was at its best at night.
When do you think the Rome Coliseum looks its best – day or night?
Thank you to HouseTrip for providing me with my apartment in Rome AND the most AMAZING VIEW I’ve ever had from any apartment or hotel I’ve ever stayed in – both photos were taken from the bedroom in the appropriately named Colosseo apartment where I stayed. It is located on the 3d floor (with elevator) of a beautiful 19th century Palazzo and sleeps up to ten people.
Know Before You Go to to the Rome Coliseum:
- Purchase your tickets online in advance to avoid long lines
- Try and visit it at off peak times if possible
- It’s not nearly as busy at night and is worth walking around, checking it out from different sides
- Also consider doing a tour of a market in Rome.