Travel Guide About Colosseum
In the heart of the city of Rome in Italy lies the icon of the city, the Colosseum which is the biggest amphitheatre ever built in the world. With its history dating back to 2000 years, this magnificent monument was given the status of one of the seven wonders of the modern world.
The place attracts 6 million tourists every year. Visiting this remarkable place, travellers feel transported from century to century listening with awe to the stories of this seemingly timeless monument.
How to Reach Colosseum
Rome has two airports — the main airport Leonardo da Vinci International Airport at Fiumicino and another the Ciampino airport.
1. By Train: To reach Colosseum from Fiumicino airport, which is 27.6 km away, there is a train which runs every 15 minutes and takes the passengers to Tiburtina Station in 40 minutes. From there, passengers need to take the subway line B and get off at the Colosseum stop.
2. By Bus: There is also an hourly bus from the airport to Colosseum which reaches in approximately 55 minutes.
At a distance of 14.5 km from Colosseum is the other airport, the Ciampino airport.
3. By Bus: There are hourly bus services which take passengers to Subaugusta and Cinecitta stations for taking line.
4. By Metro: A metro which goes till Laurentina station to take line B metro. Both metro line A & B goes up to the Colosseum.
Other than the public transports, both airports have buses which take passengers to the centre of Rome and from there, shuttles and taxi services to the Colosseum.
Best Time to Visit Colosseum
Although the Colosseum is open to the public for the whole year, it is pleasant to walk through it during the winter season. The mildly cold weather from November to March makes it easier to explore the place. Remember, the place is closed on 1st January and 25th December.
However, you should be aware of the rush of visitors during Christmas and Easter holidays. Also, it is better to avoid the peak summer season which is infamous for humidity. The best time of the day is right at the opening at 8:30 am as it takes around 3 hours to cover the entire place along with a guide. Those who wish to see the undergrounds as well, need to spend 3.5 hours. If one wants to enjoy the beauty of the place by moonlight.
Architecture of the Colosseum
The basic interior and exterior architecture of the amphitheatre is like two roman theatres standing back to back. It is a freestanding structure and elliptical in plan. With a length of 189 meters and a width of 156 meters, the place is spread across 24,000 square meters(6 acres) with a height of 48 meters and a perimeter of 545 meters.
The central arena is oval having an 87 meters length and 55 meters width. There is a 5 meters wall surrounding the arena from which seating arises in tiers. The central arena is a wooden floor covered with sand. Beneath the floor is the hypogeum which is the underground series of tunnels earlier used for housing animals and slaves.
Tips for visiting Colosseum
1. On every 1st Sunday of the month, the Colosseum is open to the public for free and has up to 30,000 visitors on those days.
2. In the Colosseum, heavy backpacks or suitcase/trolleys are not allowed although small backpacks are allowed. All bags are checked with metal detectors before enteringTip 3:Three wheelchairs are available on the 1st floor and five at the main entrance if anyone needs them.
3. The Colosseum only allows 3000 people at the same time due to security reason.
4. Since there is a long walk involved, visitors need to wear comfortable shoes and also carry hats or caps to cover the head especially during summer.