Built as an amphitheatre for the Roman games, the structure is elliptical in shape. As you cross the arch to the inside, one sees what remains of it. It is not really hard to imagine what it must have been in its glory days. The picture below is a view as you enter. One clearly sees 3 levels – the first level is where you can climb to, the second is closed and the third partially exists. As you stand at the ground floor, you can see the underground maze and tunnels, where the games actually began.
Everywhere in the Colosseum, you can find some ancient mystery and history. What has been described in the blog are just high points, but the actual experience is far more fascinating. So to all you travelers, just step into the Colosseum, close your eyes and get the vivid images of the Gladiators in those glory days.
Useful tips and facts about the Colosseum:
- There is a free entry to the Colosseum on the first Sunday of every month.
- At a time, only 3000 visitors are allowed in and hence, it is advisable to book your tickets in advance, especially if you are headed to the monument on a public holiday.
- Europeans have a free entry to the Colosseum. For the rest, one needs to procure tickets by either reaching the place early or through phone/ online booking. You can book online through this site. The same site also, gives you the ticket prices as well as a telephone number for phone booking.
- Radio guides are available at the venue.
- Please note the opening and closing times on the same website. At different times of the year, they have different closing times.
- Advisable to go with flat shoes as the flooring is quite uneven and the staircase quite high.
- Look up the official website for special events that allow access to the third level as well as the underground maze. You can also, avail an organized tour like the Viator tours for a complete experience of the Colosseum
- The Colosseum is quite central to Rome. The close by areas include Piazza Venezia. There are restrictions on the vehicular traffic on Sundays.
- The route to the place is quite pedestrian friendly and one can walk with their strollers or just bike down to the Colosseum.
- In terms of the public transport, here are the key Metro, Bus lines as well as Tram lines.
- Tramway line no 3.
- “B” line Metro station Colosseo
- “A” line Metro station Manzoni, with a link to Tramway line no. 3
- Bus lines 60, 75, 85, 87, 271, 571, 175, 186, 810, 850, C3
- Electric minibus 117