The bigger roman amphitheatre, built in 72 AD. In despite of the ruins, it´s a magnificient building.
You should hire the local guide, who are anthropologists, that make you focus on the really important details, and let you know the truth of what "really" happened there.-
El mayor anfiteatro romano fue mandado construir por el emperador Vespasiano en el año 72 dc. Actualmente solo quedan ruinas de lo que era, pero eso basta para darse cuenta lo grandioso que debe haber sido antiguamente. -
You must see the Colosseum, it's so much larger than I imagined. It held up to 55,000 people. As you look down into its depths you can see the pens (see in my travelog) where the Christians and the wild animals were kept for slaughter, at the inaugural games in AD 80 over 9,000 wild animals were killed.
The arena had approximately eighty entrances so crowds could arrive and leave easily and quickly, much more efficient than our buildings of today..
The plan is a vast ellipse, measuring externally 615 ft x 510 ft, with the base of the building covering about 6 acres. Vaults span between eighty radial walls to support tiers of seating and for passageways and stairs.
The facade of three tiers of arches and an attic story is about 158 ft tall — roughly equivalent to a 12-15 story building.
is particularly ordinary don't you think?
Of course this would most probably be the most important site to be seen in Rome. Well this and St Peter's square, I would think. It would be interesting to find out which monument or place statistically is the most visited in Rome............then in Italy......... I am sure that this would have been done at some time..............?
Fondest memory: Well it is a magnificent city that keeps calling you back............don't know why, it just does.
This triumphal arch was built to commemorate Constantines victory over Maxentius in 312AD
But the arch is actually built with bits and pieces from other things. Some stonework from 81AD and some hunting scenes from 117AD
It is adjacent to the Coloseum.
Favorite thing: What can I say about one of the most talked about travel destinations in the world? You know why you want to come here, the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Vatican City, the Pantheon, beautiful women, good food, and nice weather. You'll find them all in Rome and well as many other great things that you may never read about in a guidebook, there is something around every corner of Rome to explore. Have fun.
Well, I guess the single most important site I would take someone in Rome would have to be the Colosseum..............simply because most people think of Rome and the Colosseum in the same thought.
There is a kind of atmosphere there that is not found in other places (or is it just me). I could hardly take my eyes off the innards of the monument and could just about hear the screams and shouts of those involved in any of the activities that were conducted there. I guess it ultimately ended in death for many people and animals..............maybe that's what lingers here.
BUT........ a very impressive building none-the-less.
Fondest memory: My first trip to Rome (1998) saw my daughter meet up with us .......... she was doing a worldwind tour of x number of European countries in x number of weeks and landed in Rome the day before we met up.
It was lovely to share the day with her (so far away from our homes) and interesting to have her also trying to figure out what all of the old rocks were.
Walk the triumphal route to the largest arch ever erected in Rome - CONSTANTINE'S ARCH: Built in AD 315 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Constantine's ascent to the throne & victory over Maxentius in AD 312.
Height = 21 m, Width = 26 m, Depth = 7 m.
Realise that The Colosseum was built on the site of an artificial lake around which NERO's royal residence was centered.
The purpose? Emperor Vespasian wanted to restore to the Roman people what Nero had tyrannically deprived them of & to provide Rome with a large amphitheater.
Pictured you see the stretches of cavea with connecting corridors & the vaulted passageways inside.
Be very interested in history to appreciate the concept of time & humanity.
Colosseum was built in early years of Vespasian's reign (anyone has any idea of when this is? lol... I can't even keep track of U.S. presidents in the last 200 years!). Inaugurated in AD 80... now, you grasp the extent of this? We are talking about 1920 years ago!!!
Fondest memory: Getting a feel of gladiators?! They were here!!!
Contests known as 'MUNERA' took place in the form of duel between opposing sides & usually until the death of one or the other! At least 10,000 such contests were recorded! Some kind of entertainment :-(((
THE COLOSSEUM (AMPHITEATRUM FLAVIUM) - Icon of Rome!
Largest amphitheater ever built in Rome: contained about 50,000 spectators.
1) Perimeter= 188 X 156 metres. Inside= 86 X 54 meters. Height= 49 metres.
2) Travertine facade.
3) 4 stories: Lower 3 stories - 80 arches each.
4) Access to seats based on social class, higher up, less important the person.
5) Arena originally covered with wooden flooring which could be removed as required. Area below the arena floor contained cages for the animals, storerooms for gladiators' weapons, machines, etc...
Fondest memory: Yeah, that's the great guide!
Favorite thing: Buggies for hire are seen throughout many of the hot spots in the city, from the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) to the Coliseum and elsewhere. Not the same as a cab which operates at a stiff fare schedule, the buggy drivers must be haggled with and the route selected before you head onward. This is Rome's version of arguing with a gondolier, and for my money can readily be dispensed with.
Obviously, the Colosseum is the absolute one thing you must see. (Be sure to get your picture taken with the gladiators.) However, that is only the first on a very long list of wonderful things to see in Rome.
The Vatican is a the ultimate for art lovers, with 360 degree art, be prepared to have a sore neck the next day. Go early to beat the crowds.
Fondest memory: Walking around a corner and seeing the Colosseum for the first time. That was when I really felt the history and magic of Rome.
Favorite thing: While your eyes dazzle before such monuments as the Arch of Constantine and the ruins of the Coliseum, you might not notice all the excavation sites in Rome. Modern scholars and archaelogists continually uncover or unearth relics of Rome's illustrious past. Sometimes the sites are marked as a 'keep off' area and others are fenced off, so be mindful of such places and watchful as well -- markers don't always advertise the latest finds for public exhibits.
Favorite thing: Rome is not older than Christianity. Thousands of years before Rome was founded God said to the serpent "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel." Genesis 3:15 Jesus Christ is victorious over death and He lives forever!!!
Greatly disappointed at the absence of lions at the colosseum. All I could find was this manky cat.
Fondest memory: Be warned, films like 'Gladiator' create a totally false impression of Rome. I couldn't get tickets for a single gladatorial massacre..