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What you should know about Colosseum

Rome’s fabled Colosseum is one of the world’s most iconic buildings. Dominating the ancient heart of the Eternal City, its vast arches have witnessed rousing gladiatorial contests and fierce wild animal fights, dastardly political intrigues, and uproarious public celebrations. It has lived through the rise and fall of popes and emperors and survived the ravages of 2 millennia. Even today, the atmospheric ruins of this architectural marvel have the power to thrill its legions of awestruck visitors.

Hotels near the Colosseum


Hotels around the Colosseum are plentiful and wide-ranging in terms of price and facilities. Hotel Fori Imperiali Cavalieri is a comfortable 3-star Colosseum hotel with a charming rooftop garden offering unforgettable views of Rome’s historic skyline. For a luxury hotel near the Colosseum that mirrors the prestige of the Roman Empire itself, check into the Grand Hotel Palatino. This 4-star hotel near the Colosseum offers fine Italian dining in 2 beautiful restaurants, one of which has its own herbarium featuring over 300 aromatic plants. Parco di Nerone is an intimate budget B&B in the shadow of the amphitheater, with décor inspired by the idyllic Mediterranean Sea.

Things to see at the Colosseum


As one of antiquity’s most highly prized sights, the Colosseum represents the crowning glory of Rome’s UNESCO World Heritage status, attracting millions of visitors annually. The amphitheater dates back to 72 AD and is said to have gotten its name from a giant statue, or colossus, of Nero. The passage of time has left its mark on a building that was once the biggest arena in the world, and the structure that remains is around one-third of the size of the original. Visitors can explore its storied interior and view the network of subterranean passages used by valiant gladiators to enter the fray. Take a guided tour to get the most from your visit—many options are available, from group tours with an audio guide to customized private tours, some of which offer access to areas not included in general admission. Afterward, climb the Palatine Hill for panoramic views of the Colosseum set against a spectacular backdrop.

Good for families


Basing your family vacation in a hotel near the Colosseum puts you within easy reach of many popular visitor attractions. As well as the must-see Colosseum itself, you’ll be within short walking distance of the Forum. This monumental plaza was the epicenter of public life in Ancient Rome, with a busy market and flanked by imposing governmental buildings. Older children will love bringing dusty history lessons to life in the fascinating Forum Museum. For a fun and informative family day out, book a whistle-stop ride around the sights on a Segway, or join a guided walk and let the kids explore at leisure—many organized tours start at the Colosseum.

How to get to the Colosseum


Rome has 2 international airports, Leonardo da Vinci and Ciampino. Most European and intercontinental flights arrive into the former, which has excellent public transportation links into the city by bus or train. The Leonardo Express runs nonstop between the airport and Termini, Rome’s main railway station and a major hub for the European high-speed rail network. Ciampino also has bus and rail links to the center. The best way to reach your Colosseum hotel from Termini is by bus, metro, or licensed cab. Once you’ve gotten your bearings, this visitor-friendly neighborhood is easy to navigate on foot.

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