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Virtual Tour of Colosseum, exterior, Rome, Italy
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Lois Ronberg says:
"Ruins don’t come much better than Rome’s Colosseum in the heart of the city. Built for Vespasian Titus, work started in AD72 to a plan by an unknown architect. The Colosseum opened in AD80, it entertained many thousands in its day and still attracts people from all over the world to see Rome’s most visited attraction. It was the biggest building in Rome and was originally called the Flavian Ampitheatre where sports, animal shows and gladiator fights attracted up to 55,000 people sitting in several levels - woman and lower classes at the top, the city’s wealthiest and most important at ground level, underneath were animals and gladiator rooms. This massive building has a cruel and religious past so when I stood in front of it my thoughts were varied and I have to admit, a little disturbed. Earthquakes gradually ruined this elliptical amphitheater along with stone-robbers during the years but as a massive ruin it is still an important building to the east of the also popular historic Forum. From the outside you can still see some huge arches, and half columns, doric and corinthian influences over the levels, made from stone and brick work. I got a glimpse of the interior through one of the entrances; if I had done so in its first years there would be 80 entrances for me to choose from. I didn’t succumb to the touting of resplendently presented gladiators, who were keen to have me pay for a photo standing with them, as they ‘protected me’ from the ‘rigors’ of Rome’s tourism! There’s plenty to see from the outside of Rome’s Colosseum and when you finish you can stroll over to The Forum and look down in to Roman ruins galore. Great photo opportunities if you like the creativity you can use when capturing superb, ancient ruins."
Mark Brown says:
"Make sure you go to the Forum as well!"
Nina says:
"HOT TIP! I found a way to completely by-pass the mile long cue at the colosseum, it was the best tip l ever got. If you visit the Forum, which is further up the road, you can buy the same ticket, which is good for both sites. And I waited in a line two people long!! I felt like a queen when l walked past the hot tired tourists waiting to buy their ticket at the collosseum!"
Ahmed Almutwa says:
"This was always a place i wanted to go to. It looks completely stunning."
Emma Bennett says:
"I didn't get time to go inside as the queues were so long, so do make sure you arrive early, it is a little pricey to go in. But it is still enjoyable to walk around, and do go to the adjacent Forum, equally historic and free."
James Ding says:
"You have to see this. I felt like a roman gladiator standing there."

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