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.

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

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

  2. aimee fauci says:

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

  3. savoryexperiments says:

    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. mommiesquietplace says:

    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’ve never been to Rome but I have traveled throughout Europe. I love the sights to see in Italy and would love to visit.

  7. Stefany Thode (@ToBeThode) says:

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

  8. How cool. I would love to go there and see it in person.

  9. I was there in 99 and much of this was under construction so there was a lot of scaffolding. I did an am ex tour and it was great.

  10. Rena McDaniel-Alzheimers Caregiver says:

    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!

  11. Jennifer Williams says:

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

  12. Kristen from The Road to Domestication says:

    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

  13. This is a trip I would love to take! What a sight to see I’m sure!

  14. Liz Mays says:

    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.

  15. Omg! Such a beautiful place, thank you so much for sharing ^_^

  16. That looks like a great place to go and visit. Filled with such rich history.

  17. yumeating says:

    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.

  18. coolchillmom says:

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

  19. We visited Rome during our honeymoon and it’s an amazing city! There are so many beautiful sights to see!

  20. We’ve visited Rome a couple of times, and love it. There’s nothing like walking down the street, turning the corner and seeing the Colosseum!

  21. Erica @ Healthy Family Matters says:

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

  22. Krystal's Kitsch says:

    I can only hope to visit one day! It sounds amazing.

  23. I have always wanted to see the Coliseum! It would be my first stop if I ever went to Rome!

  24. Bucket list item right here! Rome is my dream destination, meep!

  25. We went and loved it. I thought the forum right next to it was amazing for pictures too. I’d love to go back.

  26. Lisa Rios says:

    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.

  27. Sarah Bailey says:

    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.

  28. Ourfamilyworld (@OurFamilyWorld) says:

    Wow, I would love to visit Rome one day. Stunning and lots of history

  29. Angela S says:

    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!

  30. Ann Bacciaglia says:

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

  31. This is such an amazing and magnificent part of history. I can’t imagine seeing it in person.

  32. casavilorainteriors says:

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

  33. Danielle says:

    I would love to go to Rome. You have some really great pictures.

  34. Alice Chase says:

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

  35. I always loved studying about Rome in school. I would love to visit someday!

  36. chrissy4gordon24 says:

    Wow, what a beautiful place! I would love to go there someday, great pictures.