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    Colosseum

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    In italian : Colosseo

    Originally called the Flavian amphitheater, the Colosseum of Rome was built from the year 72 AD by the will of the Emperor Vespasian. It was completed in 80 AD by his son Titus, and later supplemented by Domitian.
    On the site previously stood the Domus Aurea, the palace of Emperor Nero, who was vilified by his successors.

    Located near the eastern entrance of the Roman Forum, its design was intended as very practical, with its 80 arched entrances giving easy access to more than 55,000 spectators.
    Elliptical, it measures 188 meters in length and 156 in width. Originally 240 masts stood on the 4th and last level.

    It served a dual purpose, as an economic project and to gain popularity. Fights between gladiators and animals were held there to entertain the people of Rome.During the inaugural games of the year 80, more than 5,000 animals and more than 2,000 gladiators perished.

    Gladiators were essentially slaves, prisoners of war or condemned criminals, for the most part men.
    Both rich and poor would attend, and often the emperor himself. Traditionally, a game day was considered successful if it ended with its sandy floor being soaked in blood. It would then be covered with a new layer of sand.

    Outside the Colosseum stands the Arch of Constantine (Arco di Costantino), built in the year 315 AD to commemorate the victory of Emperor Constantine over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge.

     

    Informations, access and timetable

    Colosseum (Colosseo en italien)
    Piazza del Colosseo, metro station Colosseo, line B
    Tél. : 06 39967700
    website ticketing, website informations, official website of the archaeological park

    Open every day except 25th of December and 1st of January, from 8.30 to 1 hour before sunset (to 16.30 in winter, to 18.30 in summer). The ticket office closes 1 hour before closing the site.

    The ticket includes entry to: Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine. It is valid 2 days. Note: It is allowed only one entry for each site (one can not enter again after coming out)
    Full price € 12
    Reduced price € 7.50 for the inhabitants of the European Union between 18 and 24 years.
    Free for residents of the European Union under 18 and over 65, as well as other cases.

    Opening hours

    Mid February – mid March: 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m.
    Mid March – late March: 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m.
    End of March – end August: 9:00 am to 7:00 p.m.
    Late August – September: 9 am to 6: 30 p.m.
    Late September – late October: 9:00 am to 6:00 p.m.
    End of October – mid March: 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m.

     

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