Walking around the oval Colosseum will leave you in wonder as you imagine the roaring crowds of the past. The excrement, the cheers, attending an event of the past must have indeed been incredible. While our tour was a little less exciting, Colosseum certainly didn’t disappoint!
Beyond the insanely long lines of people waiting to get in and security checkpoint, getting into the Colosseum wasn’t too terrible. Had we bought tickets at the gate, it would have been pretty brutal; don’t do that. Pay a little extra to skip the line if you can.
Once inside, the Colosseum is pretty much accessible for viewing, except for the lower portions, which appeared to be under construction. It would have been incredible to walk on the ground floor, but when you consider why it’s being worked on or preserved, it makes sense as to why that wasn’t possible for this visit.
Some of the higher sections are gated off for safety, I’d assume, but honestly, just walking around on the primary levels is enough to satisfy. The stonework and masonry are genuinely stunning, as is the well-thought-out architectural design of the Amphitheatre. It’s rather incredible to get a view of the inside, even though Mother Nature over the years has done some severe damage to the structure.
We were surprised to find really well-done artifact collections located inside of the Colosseum. Everyone looks at the Amphitheatre from the outside and stares in awe, but honestly, seeing all of the hidden treasure once inside is truly a treat! Getting an up-close look at things like coins, massive stone columns, ornate architectural moldings, and so on makes you feel like you’re going back in time.
I thought we’d be wowed by the grand size and design of the structure itself, but the preserved historical bits and pieces on display seemed the most interesting. In reality, you can only see so much of the Colosseum and navigate around enough people before you start to seek out more.