Colosseum

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Italy showing heritage architecture, night scenes and a ruin

Dating back two millennia, this historic Roman amphitheatre is one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, this was the site where tens of thousands of spectators would flock to see gladiators in combat, public executions, and the re-enactment of famous battles. Construction on the Colosseum was finished back in the year 80 AD, and while these days the crowds may not visit to enjoy the spectacles of the blood sports of ancient Rome, huge numbers still visit this famous spot to see the great structure still standing.

As well as the remains of this towering old amphitheatre, here you can explore the Colosseum’s network of underground tunnels. Walk in the footsteps of gladiators who once readied themselves for battle within these tunnels. Book in advance to explore the network with a special guide. Or alternatively, you can wander around the outside of the Colosseum and gaze at the three-tiered edifice, and imagine how this place must have looked when the ancients packed the stadium.

The gladiators may be long gone, but the Colosseum is still in use today as a venue for concerts during the summer. Big names from the music industry have played here such as Paul McCartney and Simon and Garfunkel – check what’s on before you visit.

You can buy in advance tickets that will get you into the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill without having to queue. But even if you do have to wait for your ticket, you’ll be rewarded as soon as you see inside the splendid surroundings of the amphitheatre.

Once inside, you have the option of either paying for an organised tour, or hiring an audio guide and exploring at your own pace. The interior today has been left in ruins, but you can still see the centrepiece of the structure – the hypogeum – upon which the arena floor was originally built.

Located right in the heart of Rome, you can easily reach the Colosseum wherever you are staying in the city. You’ll find bus stops as well as the Metro train station close by.

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iQ Hotel Roma
iQ Hotel Roma
4 out of 5
Via Firenze, 8, Rome, RM
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The price is S$122 per night from 14 Dec to 14 Dec
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Located in Rome Historic Centre, this hotel is steps away from Teatro dell'Opera di Roma and Via Nazionale. Via Veneto and Trevi Fountain are also within 1 mile ...
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Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
4 out of 5
Via Principe Amedeo 5/B, Rome, RM
The price is S$146 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
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Located in Rome Historic Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Baths of Diocletian, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore and Palace of Expositions. Repubblica ...
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Hotel Quirinale
Hotel Quirinale
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale 7, Rome, RM
The price is S$153 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
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Located in Rome Historic Centre, this family-friendly Rome hotel is steps away from Via XX Settembre and Via Nazionale. Via Veneto and Trevi Fountain are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,644 reviews)
"Classic old Rome hotel, beautiful public areas and the rooms were a good size. Housekeeping was wonderful as was the rest of the team at the hotel. My rate included breakfast which was a nice buffet with delicious bakery selection. The hotel was walking distance to most of the historic sites and ..."

Reviewed on 1 Dec,2021

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Hotel Raffaello, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
Hotel Raffaello, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
3 out of 5
Via Urbana 3/5, Rome, RM
The price is S$114 per night from 14 Dec to 14 Dec
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Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
Best Western Plus Hotel Universo
4 out of 5
Via Principe Amedeo 5/B, Rome, RM
The price is S$146 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
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Hotel Quirinale
Hotel Quirinale
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale 7, Rome, RM
The price is S$153 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Hotel Quirinale
iQ Hotel Roma
iQ Hotel Roma
4 out of 5
Via Firenze, 8, Rome, RM
The price is S$122 per night from 14 Dec to 14 Dec
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UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
UNAHOTELS Decò Roma
4 out of 5
Via Giovanni Amendola, 57, Rome, RM
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Hotel Artemide
Hotel Artemide
4 out of 5
Via Nazionale 22, Rome, RM
The price is S$157 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
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Hotel 77 Seventy-Seven
Hotel 77 Seventy-Seven
4 out of 5
Via Agostino De Pretis, 77, Rome, Italy
The price is S$151 per night from 14 Dec to 14 Dec
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Palazzo Manfredi - Small Luxury Hotels of the World
5 out of 5
Via Labicana, 125, Rome, RM
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UNAWAY Hotel Empire Roma
UNAWAY Hotel Empire Roma
4 out of 5
Via Aureliana 39, Rome, RM
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