About Colosseum
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Piazza del Colosseo
Rome, Italy
The Roman Colosseum was named as one of the new seven wonders of the world, and with good reason.  This iconic building is the crowning achievement of Roman engineering - a massive structure that could hold as many people as sports stadiums today.  It is now partially ruined, but still very impressive to walk around and view.

The Colosseum was inaugurated in 80 AD and is 165 feet high and 600 feet long.  It is made of concrete and brick, and could hold up to 50,000 spectators.  The seats were numbered, making for seating as efficient as today's events, and canvas awnings (an ancient version of the retractable roof) provided shade for the spectators. 

Wild fights to the death occurred on the arena floor between gladiators, animals, and criminals.  The floor of the Colosseum is now  missing, allowing us to see the passageways underneath the arena where animals were kept in cages and released in surprise locations on the floor.  Other events such as theater and tame animal acts also occurred at the Colosseum.

While at the Colosseum you can also view some of the exhibitions of Roman artifacts and history that may be on display.  Tickets also include admission to Palatine Hill within 24 hours.
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461 Reviews of Colosseum  
First To Review: Aritz Z.
5.0 star rating
Oct 5, 2008
Tip of the Day: To skip the huge lineup, visit the Roman Forum first and buy a ticket to Palatine Hill. They don't really advertise it, but included in the price is a visit to the Colosseum.

The Benefits?
1. Smaller (if any) lineup time.
2. Same price you'd pay anyway.
3. You don't even need to visit Palatine Hill after buying the ticket, should you be in a rush --though I don't recommend it.

Other than that, just read the other reviews about the Colosseum. If you've never been traveling before, be prepared to pick your jaw up from off the floor. It's surreal.
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Sep 21, 2010
If you go to Rome, you certainly have to pay a visit to the Colosseum. It is one of the biggest amphitheaters there is in the whole of Europe. A big part of it is still wel preserved. In front of the entrance you find some "actors" which ask of a photograph with you in cloths of the Roman era. Keep in mind that they ask a lot of money for one picture to be taken, but than again ... afterwards you have an unique picture! :-)
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Sep 28, 2008
The Colosseum in Rome is simply magnificent. Standing there and looking at it, I was in awe that the Romans had the expertise to build it almost 2,000 years ago...and that it remains standing to this day!
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Nov 19, 2008
A trip to Rome isn't complete without seeing the Colosseum! It's popular for a reason! I won't tell you why you should go since it all speaks for itself, but here's a tip: If you're traveling in mid-May you may be able to get in for free!
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Oct 30, 2008
Today I went to visit the Coliseum and the Palatino Hill and Ruins. This is what brought me to feel the need to write. It’s where it struck me while wandering the ruins about how magnificent Roma and the ruins of this amazing city are. The Coliseum is so amazing and impossible to imagine what it looked liked in its day of grandeur. All you know is that it would have been magnificent and that it would have been a sight to behold. Then I got angry at the fact it hadn't been looked after and let people destroy it for its marble and ruin its beauty. You look at it and wonder what has happened within these walls as they are stairs that lead to know-where and walls missing. The remains of where statues once stood and all that’s left of an architectural wonder that leaves you guessing long after you’ve left the grounds. It is such a shame that we will never know what the inside once looked like.
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