The Colosseum, one of the world’s most recognizable relics of the ancient world, representing a long gone era of a great empire. With all that’s Italy been through since it’s a miracle it stands as it does. The problem with universality recognized symbols is that they are considered a must-do attractions for all visitors and Rome is one of the world’s most toured city as it is. Which presents someone like me with a dilemma. As much as I wanted to go have a look, I didn’t feel comfortable with long lines and hording in with tourist groups. I arrived there without planning much or doing any homework, and was completely horrified by the long lines to the point I almost decided to walk away. But 2-minutes on the mobile presented me with a solution. At the nearby Palatino empty ticket box you can buy a ticket to both Palatino and the Coliseum, thereby skipping the long lines. At the coliseum, it was indeed packed, but tourists weren’t allowed to venture into the center, and so you can enjoy the grandeur of this magnificent building without other tourists stuck infront of you. Wonderful!
So, with all the tourist groups and the long lines, I was somehow able to pull off the following photos…
If you want, there are audio guides and it might be a good idea to read a bit about the history of this place or atleast watch a good Hollywood movie set in the Colliseum (you’re thinking Gladiator, I’m thinking Jumper).