To take the most rewarding peek into the ancient history of Rome, planning a trip to the infamous city will place in the midst of fascinating attractions and landmarks. In this article, you will learn about some of the most popular ancient sites in Rome, such as the Colosseum of Rome and the Pantheon.
Colosseum of Rome
During ancient Roman days, the Colosseum of Rome served as a spacious amphitheater that accommodated up to 55,000 people. Constructed by Emperor Vespasian in 80 AD, the setting provided a host of outlets for entertainment, such as gladiator contests and wild animal fights. If you visit the Colosseum of Rome today, look out for the costumed men who meander about the Colosseum and the nearby Arch of Constantine, which dates back to 315 AD. Additional facts concerning this ancient Roman site includes:
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Before it was called the Colosseum of Rome, the elliptical construction was first called the Flavian Amphitheatre.
Located in the center of Rome, the Colosseum is the largest of its kind ever built in the Roman Empire.
Some records suggest that an estimated 500,000 people and more than a million wild animals lost their lives in the games that took place at the Colosseum.
On every Good Friday, the Pope holds a torchlit procession (called ‘Way of the Cross’) that visits levels of the amphitheater.
On the Italian version of the 5-cent euro coin, you will find an image of the Colosseum.
Although Emperor Vespasian is responsible for the construction of the Colosseum, he did not live to see its completion. When he died in 79, only up to the third story was complete. After the top level was finished, the building hosted inaugural games in 80 with his son, Titus, leading the way. An ancient account claims that more than 9,000 wild animals were killed in the amphitheatre to celebrate its completion.
Many look to the Colosseum of Rome as an example of one of the best examples of Roman architecture and engineering.
During the 1st century, Piazza Navona was originally constructed to serve as a stadium for chariot races and contests between athletes. Thousands of years later, tourists come to the location to enjoy elaborate cafes and three stunning Baroque fountains. The area is thought the birthplace of tartufo , a popular ice cream dessert still available in the cafes. Additional details concerning the attraction include:
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The sculptures and architecture of Piazzo Navona is one of the biggest draws, where you will find the well-known Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers dating back to 1651) , created by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. This attraction is found standing at the center.
Other monuments found in the Piazza Navona that attract tourists include Stabilimenti Spagnoli, Palazzo de Cupis, Palazzo Torres Massimo Lancellotti, Church of Nostra Signora del Sacro Cuore, and Palazzo Braschi (Museo di Roma).
Interestingly, the piazza is featured in the movie adaptation of Dan Brown’s 2000 thriller, “Angels and Demons,” where he lists the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi as one of the Altars of Science.