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The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

I might have only had one evening in Rome on my most recent trip to Italy, but there was still time to visit one of the city’s most iconic buildings – the Colosseum. Built around 80AD, it once held over 50,000 spectators who came to watch the best in Roman entertainment. You could see gladiators fighting, wild animal hunts with exotic species like tigers and elephants, or plays being performed, and even a few sacrifices. Although it has been heavily damaged by earthquakes since then, it is still one of Rome’s most recognisable buildings. And as you walk around the galleries and look down into the arena you can still picture it as it was, filled with excitable – and slightly bloodthirsty – crowds.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy
Colosseum blue sky
Colosseum details
Amphitheatre in the Colloseum

The details

The Colosseum is open from 8.30am to 3.30pm in winter and 6.15pm in summer, and entry costs €12 per adult (€7 for aged 18–25 and free for under 17s).

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24 Comments

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    Katja
    May 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Gorgeous stuff. I’m heading to Rome this weekend and I can’t wait. I last went 2 years ago (barring airport changes, which *really* don’t count!), so I’m looking forward to rediscovering it all again.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      Hope you have a great trip! I only had a quick overnight stop this time so did a whirlwind tour around a few of the sights, but would love to spend some time there and explore it properly and hunt out some of the more unusual things to see.

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    Anita Mac
    May 7, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Amazing photos. Can’t wait to experience for myself! I imagine the grandeur is just amazing.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      It is quite a place – it’s so vast that even with all the visitors its gets you can still get a sense of what it must have been like.

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    Joyce Meyer
    May 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Wow! Impressive scenes and love your images.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm

      Thank you – it’s one of those places you have seen in so many photos but still takes your breath away!

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    estrellaexplores
    May 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    This is one of the reasons Rome is my favourite city in the world. There is so much history around every corner of the city. I can’t wait to return one day!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 7, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      It is such a fascinating city and I’d love to see more of it someday, it really brings all those school history lessons to life to be able to actually be there!

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    Madhu
    May 7, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Fabulous images Lucy! i went ages ago and my images are all faded. Thank you for sharing and reviving fond memories!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 7, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks – and glad I can bring you some new, colourful, memories!

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    f-stop mama
    May 7, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    This has always been on my list of places I want to visit. Thanks for sharing and allowing us the chance to live vicariously through your pictures and words. I could almost imagine being there 🙂

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 7, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Hope you manage to make it out to Rome someday! It’s a great place if you are into photography, there’s always an amazing image to capture.

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    Emily
    May 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! Standing inside the Colosseum is a bit of a mind-bender when you imagine all the things that have happened there.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks – yes it’s quite something to stand there and try to absorb all the history (and bloodshed) that went on!

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    2 Rivers Photos
    May 8, 2012 at 5:01 am

    I love the coliseum, such a historic place! Very nice pictures also 🙂

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks, I really love it, lots of interesting angles to photograph (and that blue sky helped!).

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    cav12
    May 8, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Brings back wonderful memories. Awesome pics

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 8, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks. I’ve been once before in pre-digital days and lost the photos so was so pleased to be able to get some more.

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    ukwelie
    May 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    wow…pictures are really beautiful ! It’s way more impressive than Arles’s Colosseum!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 17, 2012 at 11:47 am

      I’ve done a lot of travelling around France but never been to Arles yet so may have to go and compare them!

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    renedemorgan
    July 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Wow! I really like your blog very detailled and lots of useful tips. And beautiful pictures too! I think most readers, bloggers would agree with me that your blog is inspiring traveling all over the world : ))

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    valeria
    February 27, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    I’m Roman, I’ve been outside and inside the Colosseum 100 times, but still….what a beauty! It makes me miss home so much!

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      Lucy
      February 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      It’s a really beautiful building – especially on a nice sunny day!

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