The Colosseum is perhaps the most iconic monument in Italy. It was originally named the Amphitheatrum Flavium after the Flavian emperors Vespasian, Titus and Domitian, who instructed and observed its construction (around the year 80 AD).
The Colosseum is located in the heart of Rome’s large historic center and next to it you’ll find the ruins of the Roman Forum, another must-see in the city. This is an ideal and privileged location to be based for discovering Rome, as most monuments and attractions can be reached on foot.
The Colosseum was a gift to the free Roman citizens and was erected on the grounds where the previous Emperor Nero had built his own residence, the Domus Aurea. The most popular and well-known games were the hunts (venationes) and the gladiatorial fights (munera), which either involved gladiator against gladiator, or gladiator against wild beast. As a venue, the Colosseum was able to accommodate an incredible 55,000 spectators and had far in excess of 50 entrances. Originally covered in marble, the structure was four storeys high and measured an impressive 188 meters by 156 meters.
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