There is no other structure that exemplifies the rise and fall of Imperial Rome other than the Colosseo (The Colosseum).
The panoramic image of elliptical amphitheater with windowed boxes and a side bitten out is one of the primary reason why many are drawn to the city of Rome. The very same image is the one that usually cross people’s mind by the mere mention of the word “Colosseum”, plus not forgetting to mention as well the 2000’s Russel Crowe movie, Gladiator.
Built by Vespasian and completed in 80 AD, The Colosseum was used for public spectacles like gladiator fights and it remain to be one of the world’s greatest achievement in terms of architecture and engineering.
The Colosseum tiered seating arrangement reflects the ranked nature of Ancient Rome society, where special boxes and guaranteed best view are allocated for the Emperor. The lower part which is closer to the action always goes to the wealthiest citizens while the topmost part are available for the poor citizens.
I guess something never change from the ancient times till now, since seating arrangements to any concerts or games is basically the same- what you can afford or basically your ticket price shall dictate where you’ll be seated and what you will see.
More than the tiered seating and the arena, the one specific part that actually interest me the most is the underground area called hypogem, where they used to keep gladiators and animals before the contest began.
Located at Piazza del Colosseo, easily reachable by Metro Line B with the station of the same name, being one of Rome popular tourist attraction, an early morning visit is the recommended time to see the Colosseum. It will be wise to purchase the “Roma Pass” in order to bypass the expected long admission queue.
An early morning visit not only provide better photography opportunities, but it allows more time for anyone to appreciate in solemnity and solitude the sheer magnitude and magnificence of the Colosseum.
The Colosseum is not something that shall be quickly visited and immediately crossed out on anyone “make my day” lists, but it is a historical site that has to be treasured and respected.