Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Colosseum, Rome,the Creator made Italy from designs by Michaelangelo.

"The Creator made Italy from designs by Michaelangelo." - Mark Twain

Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum, or the Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is an ellipticalamphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architectureand Roman engineering.
Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started in 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96). The name "Amphitheatrum Flavium" derives from both Vespasian's and Titus's family name (Flavius, from the gens Flavia).
Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medievalera. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.
Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined because of damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconicsymbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession that starts in the area around the Colosseum. The Colosseum is also depicted on the Italian version of the five-cent euro coin.


We did 3 tours with New Rome Free Tour. The first was the free walking tour with Vito. Vito was great, provided lots of interesting information and tips and definitely worth your 2.5 hours. The other two tours were a Food tour and Colosseum tour with Stefano. Stefano was such a fantastic guy, always pointing out facts to our 3 children and keeping them interested. LIke the others have commented, he was always cheerful, very obliging and professional. The highlight of our stay in Rome was definitely going to the Colosseum Underground and highest levels. It's unreal. Well worth the money to do a private tour.The Food tour was also great! Stefano introduced us to food typical to Rome and we enjoyed it. ALL the best to you, Stefano ! We had a great time!

List of tourist attractions in ROME

St Peter's Basilica - Found in the Vatican City, it is near where the Pope resides, and it is one of the most important centres for Christian pilgrimage, and is commonly regarded as the "home of the Roman Catholic Church", since it is where St Peter set up the first Christian Church.
Basilica of St John Lateran - The official ecclesiastical seat of the bishop of Rome (pope), its a major tourist attraction in the city, and Rome's cathedral.
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore - Another exceedingly important Roman Catholic church in the city, it is also one of the four basilicas of the city, a Marian church, and a papal church too.
Sant'Andrea della Valle - Located in the Sant'Eustachio rione of Rome, it is known for its ornate Baroque/Renaissance facade, and rich interior.

"You may have the universe if I may have Italy." - Giuseppe Verdi

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