So much to learn in Rome

What’s there to do learn in Rome? How about seeing the Coliseum.

views of rome the coliseum

 Have fun seeing the Coliseum in Rome and learning about their ancient ways.

There’s so much to see and do in Rome. If you’re wondering what there is to do in Rome you need to go see the Coliseum. Rome is one of the most amazing cities that I’ve ever visited. I’ve not been out much so there’s also that. When we went it was a 3 generation trip. It was so much fun. My mom, my son and I so enjoyed this beautiful and ancient city. We visited the Coliseum and let me tell you it’s an awe inspiring site. To think that at the turn of the last century the homeless slept here and no one was even taking care of this beautiful ancient landmark. Now after years of red tape the Italian fashion industry is restoring this relic. They are painstakingly restoring the Coliseum which is going to be a long process. I was in awe at the floor where there is barely a floor there now and you can see where the Gladiators, carriages and tigers were kept before game time. Like in the picture below! 

the coliseum

This is an excerpt first posted from Wikipedia on the Coliseum. Gives background I didn’t know because we didn’t have a tour guide with us. It was $120 for a tour guide for an hour. We passed and figured we’d learn later. 

The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium; Italian: Anfiteatro Flavioor Colosseo) is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and stone, it was the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. It is the largest amphitheatre in the world.

The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in 70 AD, and was completed in 80 AD under his successor and heir Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius).

views of the coliseum rome, italy

The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.

Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined because of damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions and has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit  Way of the Cross” procession that starts in the area around the Colosseum.

If you’ve ever wanted to know about Rome and you’re curious, my suggestion is GO! See these amazing wonders of the world for yourself! Get a really good book on Italy before you go! Check out my last two posts on How to Go to Rome on the cheap and on the eating food on the cheap in Italy.  What site in this world would you most want to see? Leave me a comment.

36 Replies to “So much to learn in Rome”

  1. My sister was in Rome recently and said it was absolutely breath taking. She can’t wait to go back.

  2. I bet Rome is beautiful. This is a place I’ve always wanted to visit but probably will never be able to.

  3. Oh, I’m green with envy. Hubby and I keep saving to visit Italy and them something comes along and drains the fund. Reading your post was fascinating.

  4. Rome is right up there with somewhere I haven’t been and would like to see. I also would love to see Ireland and England. My husband and I are making plans to go in the next year or so.

  5. Where do I sign up I have always wanted to travel the world Rome is on my bucket list that’s for sure.

  6. I have never been to Rome and probably never will be. I would love it some day though. It is beautiful.

  7. What an amazing place to get to see! I haven’t been to Italy but it is definitely on the bucket list for some point! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I had a friend that visited there and he still talks about it like it was yesterday. He can not wait to go back.

  9. Oh, I would LOVE to go to Rome! Incidentally, I have a friend who was on a trip to Rome when she found out she was pregnant! They named him Roman! LOL

  10. I think it would be just fascinating to see it in person. It’s wild to be next to something that old and monumental in history.

  11. Ireland is at the top of my list, but if I were to ever travel someplace else and had the means to do so, Rome is right up there.

  12. There is so much to learn when we travel. But Italy is so rich that at every turn there is something to discover!

  13. Everyone I know who has visited Rome as said how amazing it is. I’d love to visit.

  14. What a beautiful place! I always love to visit historical places of all over the world. I never visited Rome before. If I get a chance definitely I would see this place in person.

  15. Yes I very much do want to go to Rome, it just looks and sounds like one of the most amazing places so much history.

  16. Rome just got bumped up nearer to the top of my travel bucket list! I hope to make it there in the next few years!

  17. Rome would be a fantastic place to go visit. So many beautiful places to explore. These are beautiful photos.

  18. I would love to go to Rome! one of the places on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing the inspirtaion

  19. This is one location on my long bucketlist but I keep finding more and more reasons to visit Rome!

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