A guide to Visiting the Colosseum
Date: 2014-04-18 10:42:37
Author: Samuel Heenan
Visiting the Colosseum - The Colosseum or Coliseum was originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre is an oval shaped amphitheatre in the centre of Rome and is the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. Standing at 187 feet high and with 80 entrances in ncient Roman times holding upto 80,000 spectators for the games.
Visiting the Colosseum - this great Ampitheatre definately has to right up there at the top of the list of things to see in Rome.
How to get to the Coloseum
It is extremely central in the city of Rome and has the Metro Line B (Colosseo) which stops right outside. Just few hundred yards from Piazza Venezia, and close to the Roman Forum. A taxi stop is also available right next to the monument. On the 30th July 2013 the City implemented a private traffic ban passing the Colosseum so now the only traffic to pass by are taxi's, public buses, pedestrians and cyclists bringing an end congestion and a definatley more peaceful visit down the Fori imperiali.
Closed January 1, 1 May and December 25
OPENING HOURS (ticket office closes one hour before closing time):
Good Friday 8:30 am - 2 pm April 18 2014 & June 2 - 1:30 pm - 7:15 pm
ADMISSIONS AND PRICES
The ticket includes Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and has a validity of 2 days in which you can enter each archaeological site once.
ADULTS € 12,00
If you prefer to make your visit to the Colosseum with the aid of a tour guide you can take a 3 hour long Skip the line tour of the Colosseum visiting the Roman Forum and the Capitoline Hill: Prices for a group tour starting from 40,00 Euro's.
The exterior of the Roman Colosseum is made entirely of travertine, stretching 527 m around and four stories high. The arches of the second and third stories were originally filled with statues. There were 80 entrances, with the two principal ones reserved for the emperor and his entourage.
The Roman Forum
Among the ruins stand several triumphal arches. Their architecture has become so iconic that it has been imitated all over the world, including the famous one in Paris. Some buildings are still recognizable. One of the oldest is Basilica Aemilia. This huge marble hall provided shelter for various meetings but was destroyed in a fight with the Visigoths. Another important edifice was the Temple of Vesta, the Roman goddess of the hearth and home.
There was a school near the temple in Forum Romanum and opposite to it is the Temple of Romulus with its circular plan and large original metallic door. Constructed in the 7th century AD, the Column of Phocas is the youngest part of the forum. Other temples include the Temple of Saturn, the Temple of Vespasian and Titus, and the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. Jewelry, sculptures and mosaics are displayed in the Antiquitarium.
The Palatine Hill
It is thought that Rome has its origins on the Palatine. The Palatine Hill is some 40 meters high with views of the Roman Forum on one side, and the Circus Maximus on the other. The site is now a large open-air museum which tourists can visit during the daytime. The Palatine became the place where the powerful and wealthy retreated to build their homes and relax. Among the ruins on the hill can be found, the Domus Flavia, the Domus Augustana, the Baths of Septimus Severus, and the House of Livia.
I hope this information helps you on your trip visiting the Colosseum.
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