So if you’ve been reading my blog regularly, you’ll have noticed that I was planning on going to Rome with my partner Sam for a few days on our first city break abroad together. I know right, you’d think we can’t stand spending alone time together!
I’d also brought a Scratch Away Map, so this gave me a valid excuse to spend more time seeing the world we live in before we get too tied down. Rome was an incredible place and I wanted to show off it’s beauty by doing a series of posts that show off some of the best historic architecture Rome has to offer.
I think the most famous one has to be The Colosseum so of course, I’m starting with that!
I think one of the reoccurring feelings that both myself and Sam had of Rome’s architecture, was the grand scale of the buildings. The Colosseum was of course no exception and I often found myself with my mouth open in awe of these man-made creations that have stood the test of time.
The Colosseum also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre was built in AD 72 and completed in AD 80. This place was home to some of the most exciting gladiator battles and public spectacles. Executions, animal hunts and reenactments of famous battles were played out on average to around 65,000 spectators.
The Colosseum has definitely stood through times of war and destruction but it has still managed to retain the majority of it’s shape and form. Originally the Colosseum stood at an impressive 50m and now stands at 48. Due to a major fire in 217 and earthquakes further along, alot of it’s exterior and interior feel down, yet still a lot of it remains.
It’s clear that the money received from tourists (it’s 12€ for adults and €7.50 as a reduced rate if you’re in the EU and are under 25 – for this you need to have your passport with you), helps with the upkeep of the structure, providing solidity and protection to the more vulnerable areas of the amphitheatre.
The viewing points were incredibly high and you can see where the stairs used to be that led up to the very top points of the colosseum. Little remains of the stairs and therefore the viewing areas for us only reached to the second floor.
You can see below, the netting that protects probably the more delicate areas and the cross within the middle of this picture is where the Emperor and his family would sit when watching an event.
The Colosseum, I think is probably the best and most iconic building in Rome and it’s something that definitely should be seen both in the day and in the evening. There’s various options such as guided tours that are fantastic if you’re in Rome for longer and want to spend the day there, learning about everything this incredible structure has to offer.
Have you been to Rome before? Let me know your favourite place to visit in the comments below.