The area itself was 83 by 48 meters. The floor was initially made of wood so gladiators and ‘wild beasts’ could be raised into the area from the hypogeum (or underground system of rooms and corridors). Throughout it’s use, the max capacity was between 40,000 and 60,000 spectators. Tens of thousands of Gladiators fought and lost their lives here along side numerous animals, such as lions, bears, deer, tigers, and boars.
Last night was a definitely a tough night’s sleep. The days are really winding down, and it’s making it hard to stop thinking about it.
To combat this, I woke up early to make a run to the Colosseum. I wanted to make sure I could see it before I had my last Final exam!
I got to the Palatine Hill ticket gate around 9:00am to beat all of the lines. In Rome, you purchase a combo ticket between Palatine Hill, the Forum, and the Colosseum. It’s a lot easier to get tickets at Palatine Hill, so I can skip the line at the Colosseum.
As expected, it’s unbelievable to be standing inside the Colosseum. While you don’t have too many places to go when you’re inside, it was an amazing feat of architecture for the first century AD.
The curators have done a good job with the exhibits and information panels describing the structure throughout the ages.
I hurried back to our apartment to work a little more on a wrap up video I have been making (you’ll see it soon!). Then it was off to my Final FINAL exam. Weird.
We all went out to Pizza Nuova, as it is one of the last nights we’ll all be together in Rome. It’s finally time to start saying goodbyes…Tags: Colosseo, Colosseum, Day 104, Italia, Italy, Roma, Rome, Wednesday