Discover the dramatic history of this iconic amphitheater.
All our Colosseum Tours include skip-the-line admission tickets and a guided tour of Rome Ancient City, comprising the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
Nero immediately started the construction of the Domus Aurea, the Golden House, his new imperial residence, a project that was meant to dismantle any other human construction in the area, and reshape the valley where now stands the Colosseum.
Vespesian built the enormous amphitheater, later called the Colosseum, on the very site where Nero had created his artificial lake.
The very name Colosseum was given to the Flavian amphitheater by association with the enormous colossus of the god Apollo that stood nearby.
Romans of Rome enjoyed apparently 177 days off a year. Every other day it was holiday. Basically, one day of work, one day of rest.
As long as the Colossus stands, so shall Rome; when the Colossus falls, Rome shall fall; when Rome falls, so falls the world
St Bede (672 – 735 AD)
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