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The Colosseum

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Rome, Lazio, Italy
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Overall Experience: 8 / 10
Date Visited: Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater built during ancient Roman times, and is located in the center of Rome. The Colosseum is well known in pop culture, and is one of the "must see" spots in Rome due to its historical significance. There were lots of people dressed as gladiators trying to sell tourist trinkets outside the Colosseum. One of them slapped me with his sword as I walked by.

We decided to take an English tour of the Colosseum, which were available every hour or so. The tour lasted about 45 minutes, and consisted of us being led around by a guide, who told us stories through headsets. The tour wasn't fantastic, but the guide did have some neat factoids that we wouldn't have known otherwise.

When we visited, there was also a small exhibit on gladiators on the upper level of the Colosseum. The exhibit contained replicas of armor/weapons, and some text displays talking about gladiators. I found it only mildly interesting. Otherwise, visitors could walk around the ground level of the Colosseum, and climb up to an elevated level for some additional views.


Admission to the Colosseum is only available as a "combo ticket" along with admission to The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The combined cost for all attractions is 12€. Admission is not available separately. Visitors may want to purchase tickets at the Roman Forum so they can skip the lines at the Colosseum (which are often longer). The tour cost €4.50.

Estimated Visiting Time

Visitors can expect to spend anywhere from 30-90 minutes here, depending on how thorough they are, and if they decide to purchase a tour or not.

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