Places to stay near Roman Colosseum
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The Colosseum in Rome is a popular and recognised structure of Roman architecture. It is the largest amphitheater ever built and has stood tall since 80 AD. In the olden days, it could hold anywhere between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. Mock sea battles, animal hunts, famous battle re-enactments, executions and mythological dramas were some of the public spectacles held at the Colosseum. Today, it attracts around five million annual visitors.
Next I visited this site, and 2000 years of history engulfed me. I started from the lower level where you can see areas where gladiators and animal fights used to happen. As I walked up to upper tiers the views of Colosseum were splendid. You can feel the heat of those fights that happened centuries ago.
As history goes, the Colosseum was a place where gladiators fought and people as well as royalties thronged. Now, centuries later its fate has not really changed. It still draws people from across the world. Within the monumental building you have a museum that displays excavation findings of the Colosseum. These findings tell you that it was a place where men and women gathered to enjoy gladiator games making it sort of like a picnic. Information about how it was built, its architecture and seating arrangements are available there. If you have enough patience to read, these historical findings will tell you much more than that. They show you what it was like to be there during 80 AD when gladiators fought each other to death.When you enter into the seating area of the Colosseum that overlooks the grand centre stage, forget the crowd and just close your eyes. You could hear shouts and cheers of close to 50,000 people on stands. Their tension is palpable even centuries later. When you open your eyes, sometimes you are left with an illusion of what you just imagined and come out with goosebumps. That is the Colosseum for you.
Our next stop was the most famous Roman monument of all. And as soon as we stepped out of the metro station we saw it. The largest amphitheater ever built. The arena of legendary gladiator fights. The icon of Rome. The Colosseum. The first thought that crossed our minds was that – IT IS HUGE! And these are only the ruins of it. It must have been a truly colossus structure in its prime.
First thing on my list was the Colosseum. Granted that it is a crowded tourist spot, but no trip to Rome is complete without a visit to one of the New Wonders of the World. I bought the "Skip the line" ticket (available online from the Colosseum's official website), which also gave me entry to the Palatine hill and the Roman Forum. In any case, be prepared for serpentine queues and for touts selling all sorts of merchandise.NOTE: The Roma Archeologia Card and the Roma Pass also give you access to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Please research whether you can "Skip the line" with these tickets.
3. Admire the intrinsic architecture of the Colosseum in Rome.
Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built. Its huge and fascinating. It looks beautiful at both daytime and during night.
The first glimpse of the Colosseum - a stony, imposing structure and the most important symbol of Rome - is capable of taking anybody's breath away. And once inside, you start to wonder if you are trapped in a time-turner only to have your reverie broken by the plethora of tourists brandishing their selfie sticks and fancy DSLRs. Fleeting images from the movie 'Gladiator' come to mind because this was the arena where gladiators engaged in mortal combat while the sadistic crowds watched with bated breath. Sentenced prisoners were torn off by murderous wild beasts making the Colosseum an epitome of barbarism. Games that lasted months altogether were staged here and animals were massacred as a recreational activity. Although the Circo Massimo is a bigger Roman amphitheatre, the Colosseum with its massive outer walls, trapdoors, podiums and cavea exudes fear like no other and is obviously more popular. A lot of walking is involved and there are numerous almost vertical stairs to be ascended yet nothing should deter you from visiting this monument. Getting There: Taking the metropolitan (metro) in Rome is the best idea because you reach your destination faster and it is cheaper. Tickets are for 1.5 Euros per person and can be bought from the several machines or the ticketing counters at the station. The Rome metro system is very intricate and trains run every few minutes from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm, so do make sure you follow the map and your station 'Colosseo', which is directly opposite the monument, lies on Line B. Beware of pickpockets. The tickets for Colosseum include the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and come for 12 Euros. It is advisable to buy the tickets from the Palatine Hill (Palatino) entrance because you will find no queues unlike the ticket counters at Colosseum and Roman Forum. See the Palatino first, followed by the Roman Forum and save Colosseum for the end.
I would recommend to book entry tickets beforehand to avoid long queues. You can click http://www.coopculture.it/en/colosseo-e-shop.cfm to book entry tickets online.
I head to the colosseum. The road from the hotel is dingy. I walk past the walls covered in graffiti, the dingy built up streets and wonder whether this is what I could expect from the weekend. Because it is not at all what I had hoped to expect. But as I round the corner, I see it. The colosseum rises out of this mess of buildings, high above them and the contrast between the old and the new is so pronounced, that I see the beauty in everything. All of it. The purpose of the dark to make the beauty of the light more appreciated. The comparison with life is not lost on me.