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  • Arica Price

Rome's Must-See Attraction: The Colosseum - A Symbol of Power and Culture

Are you ready to travel back to ancient Rome and witness the epic gladiatorial battles that took place at the Colosseum? As the largest amphitheater in the world, the Colosseum is a must-see destination for history buffs and adventure seekers alike. But before you go, here's everything you need to know to make the most of your visit.

Rome Colosseum, Rome, Italy, Explore Rome
The Colosseum in Rome Photo by Travel Center UK

History


First things first, a little history lesson. The Colosseum was built and commissioned in 80 AD, by Emperor Vespasian as a gift to the Roman people. It could hold up to 50,000 spectators and be used for all sorts of wild entertainment, from gladiatorial contests to animal hunts. Imagine the roar of the crowd as gladiators fought for their lives and exotic beasts were unleashed on the arena floor. Talk about a showstopper!


Architecture

The Colosseum was a symbol of Roman power and engineering prowess. The architectural feat of the Colosseum is truly something to behold, considering its construction required the labor of thousands of slaves, and its sheer size and grandeur was meant to impress and intimidate both Romans and foreigners. With four levels of seating, each with its own entrance, the Colosseum was designed to accommodate all classes of society. And let's not forget the underground chambers, where the gladiators and animals were kept before the show. It's like a real-life Game of Thrones. The Colosseum was an important social space for Romans, as it provided a place for the community to come together and participate in the entertainment of the day.

Inside of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Inside the Colosseum Photo by Yuri Rapoport

Cultural Significance


The Colosseum also played a role in Roman politics. Emperors would often stage lavish events to gain popular support and distract the people from political and economic problems. Additionally, the Colosseum was a symbol of the Roman legal system. Gladiatorial contests were used as a form of punishment for criminals, and the violence and bloodshed in the arena were seen as a deterrent to others. Lastly, the Colosseum was also an important religious site, as the games held here were often dedicated to the gods and goddesses of Rome. It was a place where people could go to pay their respects and make offerings to the gods.


Present Day


The Colosseum is currently used as a tourist attraction but is still a symbol of the rich cultural heritage of Rome. In recent years, it has been the site of concerts, opera performances, and other live shows. It is also a popular location for movie sets, photoshoots, and fashion shows.


Colosseum Rome_movie scene from Jumper
Scene from Jumper (2008) Jayden Christensen & Rachel Bilson

In addition to its cultural and entertainment uses, the Colosseum is an important archaeological site. Archaeological excavations have been conducted at the Colosseum to uncover its history and learn more about the people who built and used it. The Colosseum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which means it is protected and preserved for future generations to learn from and enjoy.


Take a Tour


When it comes to visiting the Colosseum, the options are endless. Visitors can tour the inside of the Colosseum, including the underground chambers where the gladiators and animals were kept before the games. You can also walk along the different levels of seating and imagine what it would have been like to be a spectator at a gladiatorial contest or animal hunt. But no matter what you choose, make sure to get there early to beat the crowds. Trust me, you don't want to miss a single detail of this ancient wonder.

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Underground Chambers of the Colosseum Photo by Rebecca Gade-Sawicki

Surrounding Roman Landmarks

As the cherry on top, the Colosseum is located in the heart of Rome, so after your visit, you can explore the city's other iconic landmarks such as:

  • The Roman Forum: The public square in the center of Rome, (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site) where visitors can see the ruins of ancient temples, basilicas, and government buildings.

  • Palatine Hill: This is one of the seven hills of Rome neighboring the Roman Forum. It was a wealthy residential area in ancient Rome, where many of the city’s elites, including emperors, lived. Here you can explore the ruins of palaces, gardens, and other buildings and get a glimpse of what life was like for the wealthy in ancient Rome.

  • Trevi Fountain: This Baroque-style fountain is considered one of the most beautiful fountains in the world and is famous for tossing a coin into the fountain to ensure a return trip to Rome.

House of Augustus, Palatine Hill, Rome, Italy
House of Augustus on Palatine Hill, Rome

So, grab your gladius (that's a sword) and get ready to be transported back in time at the Colosseum. Whether you’re a history buff, an adventure seeker, or just looking for a unique way to experience Rome, you won’t want to miss the Colosseum. It's an experience you'll never forget! Don’t wait any longer, start planning now and experience the Colosseum and other iconic landmarks of Rome in person.


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At Escape from Corporate, I know that you want a luxurious vacation that is fun filled, is on budget, with unforgettable new experiences, while giving you the relaxation you deserve.

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