The Colosseum in Rome

On your next holiday, you should consider the possibility of checking some of  hotel deals in Rome and come in to the Italian capital, discover its history, heritage and style.

The Colosseum is without a doubt, the monument that represents Rome. Its current name derives from the original Colosseum, and it is due to the colossal statue of Nero by his side. It was built by Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD C. to replace the old circus.

The building works only lasted eight years, and had to be his son Titus who opened it with celebrations that lasted one hundred days and resulted in the death of 2,000 gladiators and 9,000 animals.

Its facade has 80 arches on three floors, made in the three classic styles: Doric, Ionic and Corinthian, and a fourth on the top floor, composite. Inside, a set of stairs and vomitoria allowed to fill or vacate the premises within ten minutes.

In the year 404 gladiator fights are banned, and animals in the 523. The Colosseum in Rome then becomes a medieval fortress, getting into decline in the Renaissance.

The Colosseum is open daily from 08.30 hours to 18 hours (in summer closes a little later). If you have not bought your Roma Pass to take a shortcut, you’ll have to patiently wait for access, however you can use that time to read the story of this magnificent monument.

Our travel advice is to get yourself a hotel near the Colosseum, as in this area there are other monuments near, like the the Forum, the Arch…if you need transport, check our prices for car hire in Rome.

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