The Colosseum, the iconic symbol of the city, was elected as one of the
New Seven Wonders of the World (2007), it is located in one of the most
beautiful areas of the capital: not far from the heart of Rome, the
Capitol, next to the Roman Forum, has its own underground station, to
ensure an easy landing, and at the same time, rapid movements to reach
the most important areas of the city.
Picturesque centurions welcome the curiousest tourists and going on
across the timeless setting of Fori Imperiali, you arrive in Piazza
Venezia, merger to the famous Via del Corso, where you will find the
most important high fashion shop windows.
Its construction started in 72 AD under Emperor Vespasian, and was
completed in 80 AD during Titus reign, with further modifications made
under Domitian. Apparently its name derives from a nearby colossal
statue of the Sun God of Nero. The huge elliptical amphitheatre had a
seating capacity of 50,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial
contests and public spectacles, such as re-enactments of famous battles,
celebrations or dramas.
The Colosseum consists of 3 levels placed on top of one another,
reaching a total height of 49 metres. It is made of huge square
travertine and tufa blocks placed on top of one another without any
mortar and connected by means of metal pins.
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