travel | the colosseum

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

Our next stop while in Rome, Italy, was the Colosseum.  This was a big deal, particularly for my husband, because he is a die-hard fan of the Russell Crowe film, Gladiator (I think he likes to pretend to be Maximus Decimus Meridius when I’m not looking).  Plus, anything involving battles, blood, and swords is a surefire treat for our two boys.  I actually ended up really loving the Colosseum and found the whole thing truly fascinating.  Our tour guide, Michael, was also great and provided tons of interesting tidbits and facts about the Colosseum and Roman life in general.  Our oldest son soaked it all in like a sponge and gave the tour guide a run for his money in his knowledge of Roman and Greek Mythology.  Apparently our son has been reading lots of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, so this was the perfect trip to take him on.  

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was built from 72 A.D. to 80 A.D. and is considered one of the greatest works in Roman architecture and engineering.  This four-story marvel, made of stone and concrete, can seat approximately 50,000 spectators and has 80 entrances, four of which were reserved for the emperor and his family.  Interestingly, part of the Colosseum was destroyed in an earthquake in 847 A.D. and some of the fallen marble facade was used in the building of St. Peter’s Basilica, which we visited here.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

The upper story of the Colosseum was reserved for seating the lower class of men and women and the first story was for more prominent citizens.

Colosseum in Rome, Italy

The coolest part of the Colosseum was what took place underground, where exotic animals shipped from Africa were caged and then hoisted up with mechanical devices to appear on the battle floor out of trap doors.  The gladiators would then fight against the animals, as well as each other, to the death.

Under the Colosseum Floor

Visuals at Colosseum

I think it’s hard to really imagine what was taking place here because all that is left of the Colosseum is its shell, so I found these visuals to be especially intriguing.  For some reason, I was totally captivated by this replica of the trap doors and mechanisms underground — must be the girl in me and my fascination with dollhouses and miniature things.  Of course, this is some sort of cruel ancient death dollhouse, but cool nonetheless.

Model of Colosseum Underground

Road to Colosseum

It was a Sunday when we visited, so the streets were clear for pedestrians.  It was so fun to literally be roaming the streets of Rome.

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

We ended our tour with a visit to Palatine Hill.  I still don’t understand what it is exactly.  Something about some ancient something or another that is no longer there.  Good thing a picture is worth a thousand words – ha!

Palatino Arch

Casa delli Vestali, Rome, Italy

Check back next post for Trevi Fountain and the food of Rome — yum!


  1. Uh Amazing Photographs of Amazing Places. I am kind of relcuant to travel outside my country but this made me just want to possibly try to ! Have a fantastic day. God Bless

    • Thank you so much, Bre! I was always reluctant to go far, as well, but since been we’ve going on these trips, I’ve definitely been bit by the travel bug. I hope you get to go out of the country one day — truly unforgettable and just so different than what we experience in the states!

  2. Great pics as usual! ;-). Recently, J has asked us to take him to Rome too. Also read the same books as C and fascinated with blood and gore. Can’t wait to see the pics of the food, which are always my favorite of any trip!

  3. Wow. Amazing photos! Really enjoyed looking through them. I would love to go to the Colosseum!
    And, for what it’s worth… I think “Gladiator” is an amazing movie! ;)

    • Thank you so much for all the kind words, Aerykah! I hope you one day get to visit the Colosseum — such a fascinating place! And Gladiator is one of my favourites as well :)

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