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Never-Before-Seen Parts Of The Colosseum Will Open To The Public Next Month

Never-Before-Seen Parts Of The Colosseum Will Open To The Public Next Month


Rome’s Colosseum, otherwise known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is one of Italy’s top tourist attractions, attracting more than seven million people annually. But, despite its popularity, there are parts of the ancient structure yet to be discovered by recent tourists.

Now, two levels of the Colosseum that have been shut off for 40 years will be opened for public exploration.

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Completed in 80AD, the 50m-tall structure takes up 20,000 square metres of land, making it the world’s largest amphitheatre. Traditionally, the space was used to host gladiatorial contests, re-enactments of famous battles and plays, seating upwards of 80,000 spectators.

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Almost two millenniums and millions of visitors later, the Colosseum has copped its fair share of wear-and-tear, and recently underwent three-year-long restorations to revamp the iconic landmark.

In ancient times, the fourth and fifth floors of the Colosseum would’ve been considered the cheap seats nobody really wanted. Today, they offer some of the best uninterrupted views of the Colosseum and Rome.

These two unseen floors will be open to the public from November 1. Admission costs $18 (€12) per person, and is free on the first Sunday of every month.

How To Get There

  • Fly into Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport
  • Drive 27km
  • The Colosseum, Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Rome
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(Lead Image: Melanie Van Leeuwen) 

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