Originally completed eighty years after the birth of Christ, the Colosseum was the largest of the amphitheatres constructed by the Roman Empire, at one time regularly hosting 50,000 spectators for the sort of brutal entertainment that was depicted in the film “Gladiator”.
The sturdiness of this ancient Roman structure is testified by the fact that is has survived earthquakes, stone thieves and car pollution to remain very much standing today at the core of contemporary Rome.
When planning a visit to the Colosseum, it’s a good idea to purchase tickets to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill at the same time, as access to all three can be enjoyed within a morning or an afternoon. As one of Rome’s most popular tourist attraction, there are the inevitable queues to enter the Colosseum.
Don’t let this put you off. It’s definitely worth the wait. As you enter the Colosseum, firstly you’ll be struck by the immense size and stature of this unique monument to Italy’s Roman Empire past. You can almost picture what it was like having to face the terrifying ordeals that were routine back in the time when the Roman Empire was the world’s most powerful political dynasty. Tours and audio guides are available to provide you with an insight into the era and the monument.
The centrepiece of the interior is the hypogeum, which during the glory days of the Colosseum, was part of the subterranean network, above which the arena floor was once located. You can also see the winding network of underground tunnels where gladiators would await their fate within the main amphitheatre.
The external edifice of the Colosseum contains three-tiered travertine arches. Viewing the structure from the outside gives a taster of how spectacular this piece of architecture really is. If you’re lucky, you may get a chance to see a concert during your visit. Some of the world’s most popular artists like to play in Rome with the Colosseum as a backdrop.
The Colosseum is located in central Rome. Bus stops are nearby, as is the Colosseo Metro station.
Central Rome hotel housed in a late 19th-century building retaining much Imperial grandeur, 500 metres from Quirinale Palace and one kilometre from the Colosseum.
Surrounded by artisans' workshops and antique shops in the up-and-coming Monti district of Rome, this townhouse hotel is 500 meters from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
Located in Monti, this townhouse accommodation is within a 10-minute walk of Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Teatro dell'Opera di Roma. Roman Forum and Colosseum are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Monti, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Roman Forum, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, and Colosseum. Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and Piazza Venezia are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Rome's Quirinale district, this hotel draws a mix of tourists to its doors, which are 1 block from Teatro dell'Opera and a 5 minute walk to the Termini Station.
This 2-building Rome hotel lies steps from Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, 500 meters south of the Termini rail station, and near the Roman Forum and the Colosseum.
This 19th-century building offers a prime Rome location 300 meters from the Roman Forum, 500 meters from the Pantheon, and 1 block from via del Corso shops.
Hotel Delle Nazioni is situated in the heart of Rome, just around the corner from the Trevi Fountain. This 4-star hotel is 5 minutes from both the Spanish Steps and stylish Via Condotti shopping.