09.01.2008 - 11.01.2008
As we missed the Colosseum on the preceeding day and because our flight to Trieste was in the afternoon, we decided to head back there in the morning. Heading out of the station, the Colosseum hits you straight away. It doesn't have the same power as looking at it from afar and walking towards it but grand nonetheless.
Walking around, it was disappointing to see some modern graffiti. Why people are possessed, or think it's "cool" to vandalise one of the world's greatest monuments is beyond comprehension but once you look past it, it was a great experience. You can clearly see where the Emperor and senators would've sat and how a class structure would've taken place back in Rome's glory. You can also see how modern stadiums have used the Colosseum as a blueprint especially in areas such as seating. The Colosseum, which at capacity could seat over 50,000, could be cleared within 10 minutes.
In recent years they've built a wooden structure which represents the area on which the gladiators would've fought.