No trip to Rome is complete without visiting the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. I won’t lie, I was slightly disappointed in the size of the Colosseum… I was anticipating it to be much larger, however, I was not prepared to hop off the Metro at the Colosseo stop, walk out of the station and right there across the street from me was the Colosseum. When you’ve dreamed of seeing something your whole life and there it is, right in front of your face… it’s pretty incredible.
The Colosseum was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in AD 72 and his son, Titus completed it in AD 80. It was created to hold over 50,000 spectators for sporting events, celebrations, and was the site of much bloodshed. Most people associate the Colosseum with Gladiators who fought for the enjoyment of the Roman people, often losing their lives in the process.
Right next to The Colosseum is the Roman Forum, which was the central hub of Roman life and activity in Ancient Rome. Many of the oldest, most ancient structures in Ancient Rome were located here. Today there are still ruins of many ancient government buildings to be seen.
It is absolutely incredible to see all this amazing history. When you read about Ancient Rome in the history books, you know it was a long time ago, but when you see these buildings and these ruins, it is absolutely breathtaking. This architecture has withstood the test of time, and now is available for us to walk through the streets of history.
I highly recommend purchasing tickets online prior to your visit. There was a long line of tourists waiting to purchase tickets in the hot July sun, and we were very glad we had purchased advanced tickets online. It’s worth being able to skip the line.