as we wrote some days ago, we would like to use this space to provide useful information about the places to visit in Rome – helping you to have a wonderful stay here at Palladini Hostel Rome! 🙂
If you have been to Rome you probably know how fascinating it is – while if you haven’t already, you must visit it immediately! Really, this city is extraordinary and you can imagine how lovely can be living here and working in a touristic environment like ours.
Here in Rome there is a lot to see. And we thought it would have been nice talking about the sights, the monuments and the historical places that make this city so beautiful.
While doing that, how could we not start talking about the Colosseum?
The Amphitheatrum Flavium, better known as Colosseum, is an oval-shaped amphitheatre built in the very heart of Rome between the 70 and the 80 AD. Originally named after the roman dynasty who conceived its construction, the epithet “Colosseo” spread during the Middle Age and it’s related to its colossal majesty: being the biggest amphitheatre ever built, it’s certainly the most important monument we have in Italy – included by UNESCO in the World Heritage list in 1980 and recently voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
The Colosseum has an elliptical shape which is 189 meters long, 156 meters wide and 48,50 high. It was build in a flat area between the Caelian, the Esquiline and the Palatine Hills and was originally conceived to host gladiators fights – so popular among roman population – but it was also used for other events, such as animal hunts or dramas based on classical mythology. During the year 217 AD it was damaged by a major fire that destroyed most of the interiors and it was subjected to further damages, like the great earthquake that affected the City of Rome in 1349.
Today Colosseum is mainly used as a touristic attraction – visited by 7 millions people per year – although in rare occasions it could host some shows – the world famous tenor Andrea Bocelli last performed there in 2017. During the Holy Week, it’s also site for some religious ceremonies – like the Way of the Cross, that take place on Good Fridays.
The Colosseum is easily reachable from Palladini Hostel Rome. It’s only 2 Metro stops from Termini Station, but you can also reach it on foot since it’s just 15-20 minutes walking distance.
Don’t miss the chance to visit Colosseum! Just have a look at this website for more information on tickets and guided tours!