Italy 2013: The Colosseum

The Colosseum is obviously a must-see for anyone who visits Rome. It is the largest amphitheater in the world and dates back to the first century. When we arrived, the line for tickets was very long. We decided to hop on a tour group so we could skip it. It cost us about $30 more but it was totally worth it. I learned so much about the Colosseum (and the rest of the Ancient Rome area) that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. It made it easier to mentally put myself in the Colosseum in its prime and really appreciate the place. But instead of turning this blog post into a history lesson, I’ll just share a few of my favorite pictures from our day…
Here you can see the three layers of the Colosseum.

 

Here’s a picture from far away. It’s kind of crazy how this ancient thing is just in the middle of a huge city.

 

A view of one of the arches from the Colosseum. It was in the processed of being cleaned at the time. Bummer.
The circular area in the center used to be covered by a wooden stage. The stage had trapdoors on it where people (and animals) could pop in and out from down under. I could only imagine how many deaths occurred there, in front of thousands of people. Gnarly.

 

Another view from the Colosseum.
After checking out the Colosseum we explored the rest of Ancient Rome (still with our tour). I’ll share pictures from that later. Afterwards we ate at a delicious Italian restaurant near our hotel.

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