Colosseum in Rome

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 0 Comments

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Colosseum in Rome

The Colosseum or Coliseum is undoubtedly the center of attention in the city of Rome, Italy. In fact, it is not only the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire; it is also the largest amphitheater in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most concrete cultural highlights you’ll want to find yourself into. There are so many histories and stories about religions and revolutions that happened in this very place, and to be standing in front of it is one of the most empowering things you’ll ever experience in your nomadic experience.

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The Colosseum has a metro stop on Line B, which is just two stops from the Termini station. It’s literally right across the metro station, so it’s very convenient to get here, no need for fancy tour buses or expensive taxi rides. It’s always packed though, so best if you book the ticket early or online so that when you reach the place, you won’t get lost in the long queue. Do not forget to circle the outside area first, to scout the place for some good street food finds. Or, if you can just go straight to the La Dolce Vita, Via Cavour 306 for some perfect gelato!

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Ah, the Flavian Amphitheatre is as flamboyant as it has ever been, all scene dominating and strong. This Colosseo is capable of seating some 50,000 spectators for animal fights and gladiatorial combats, and now it hosts more than a hundred of that for tourists, travelers, archeologists, and history appreciators. The place has its own gallery, own souvenir shop, tour guides, among many other things. 

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Once inside, the atmosphere is quite different from the outside. Colosseum interior looks like a fortress. You can see all concrete and stone, but you can also distinguish after some time, some special areas, some tunnels, some buildings, strategically scattered within the Colosseum’ s interior. What a sight to behold, yes.

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Just because we all are fans of the movie “The Gladiator”, doesn’t mean we are already biased about this one. There’s no need to be biased, because it truly is monumental, that’s a fact. But the most favorite part when visiting the Colosseum would not necessarily be the historical stones, but the ever-present crowd. It seems you’re still in the arena, present version that is, packed with 50,000 spectators! From kids, to seniors, to wanderlusts, to locals. So many people, if you add them up, they could probably fill the whole amphitheater. What a sight to behold, yes.


Bowdy is an amateur adventurer, a coffee sleepyhead, and a start-up rooter, with a penchant for classic-looking photos. At last count, he has visited some 52 countries, and is now living in Singapore. He's always in search of fascinating routines to exploit, within the edges of after-office hours and (un)limited holidays.

For collaboration ideas, email bowdywanders@gmail.com.

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