The Colosseum in the city centre of Rome also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre is one of Rome’s many ancient monuments. Built around the time of 72 AD – 80 AD with modifications made in the 10 years that followed after a change of emperors, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. It was built out of concrete and sand and it is thought it could hold up to 80,000 people. The Colosseum was used mainly to hold gladiatorial contests. It has also been used for such things as animal hunts and executions. It has also been used for housing, religious purposes and for workshops.
The Colosseum is situated in the City and is easily walkable from other major sights. It is also within walking distance from Rome’s main train station.
Opening Times and Admission
You can pay to enter the Colosseum, although entry is free if the visitor is an EU citizen under the age of 18 or over the age of 65 and for the rest of the EU citizens prices are slightly subsidised. Upon entry, you can walk around the Colosseum and also visit the museum that is situated on site. Tickets costs 12 euros and also gain you access to the Roman Forum.