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A Look Inside the Colosseum

A Look Inside the Colosseum

Last October we spent 1 of our 5 days in Rome exploring the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. As a traveler and adventurer, it was a pretty awesome day. As a history professor, it was one of the best days of my life (fun fact, I am also a history professor). We spent hours walking, gawking, and snapping countless pictures. To stand in front of a building of this magnitude that is thousands of years old, is truly awe-inspiring. When you visit Rome, I recommend devoting at least one day to explore the ruins and the history of the Eternal City.

I am currently finishing a full account of our time in Rome, including restaurants, hotel reviews, and trip itineraries. But for now, I'd like to take you on a short photo tour of the Colosseum.  And be on the lookout for Part 2 of this post, a photo tour of the Roman Forum.

View of the Colosseum, from Palatine Hill

View of the Colosseum, from Palatine Hill

Standing in front of the Colosseum for the first time. I love the variations of color in the stone, the beautiful architecture, and the details in the design.

The Colosseum in Rome
The Colosseum in Rome

Into the Colosseum...

See all of the tiny people?

See all of the tiny people?

A bit of history on the Colosseum

A bit of history on the Colosseum

Looking up from the lower level, behind the "seating."

Looking up from the lower level, behind the "seating."

Still on the lower level, looking toward the seating.

Still on the lower level, looking toward the seating.

Looking at the same seating, but from above.

Looking at the same seating, but from above.

A diagram of how the Colosseum originally looked.

A diagram of how the Colosseum originally looked.

Next up, a few angles of the Colosseum that I found particularly interesting. We spent several hours walking around, taking pictures, reading the descriptions, and just soaking it all in. The architecture is beautiful and the history is amazing, but thinking about the brutal violence and savagery that went on here was a bit overwhelming for me.

The memorial cross at the entrance of the Colosseum.

The memorial cross at the entrance of the Colosseum.

Looking across the underground chambers from the first floor. See more tiny people?

Looking across the underground chambers from the first floor. See more tiny people?

Excavated ruins on display.

Excavated ruins on display.

The very top of the Colosseum. According to our guide, marble from the Colosseum was taken over the years to build other buildings throughout Rome.

The very top of the Colosseum. According to our guide, marble from the Colosseum was taken over the years to build other buildings throughout Rome.

The lowest tier. I cannot imagine sitting here, watching people and animals being slaughtered.

The lowest tier. I cannot imagine sitting here, watching people and animals being slaughtered.

Looking through one of the arches in the Colosseum... I wonder if this is what it looked like 2000 years ago?

Looking through one of the arches in the Colosseum... I wonder if this is what it looked like 2000 years ago?

Looking through another arch in the Colosseum, toward the Roman Forum.

Looking through another arch in the Colosseum, toward the Roman Forum.

I love this next photo for several reasons. (1) The sky was so blue and gorgeous that day. (2) You can see the cross to the left and the seats ahead, along with the marble lining the top. And (3) you can see the passageways and underground chambers in the sub-level. This part is not open to the general public; you have to signup for a separate tour and those need to be booked in advance. Our Rome trip was arranged last minute, so we missed out; next time we will definitely take the separate tour.

The Colosseum in Rome

And finally, an obligatory selfie of yours truly and the husband :)
Not really sure how this ended up being the only quasi-decent photo of us at the Colosseum.  That's what happens when you are too busy taking pictures of other stuff! Oh well, we still have to come back to do the underground tour.  Must remember to take awesome selfie.

 

Have you visited the Colosseum? What did you think? Did you do the underground tour?
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