Colosseum and Environs

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Legend has it that as long as the Colosseum stands, Rome will stand—and when Rome falls, so will the world. No visit to Rome is complete without a trip to the obstinate oval that has been the iconic symbol of the city for centuries. Looming over a group of the Roman Empire's most magnificent monuments to imperial wealth and power, the Colosseum was the gigantic sports arena built by Vespasian and Titus. To its west stands the Arco di Constantino, a majestic, ornate triumphal arch, built solely as a tribute to the emperor Constantine; victorious armies purportedly marched under it on their return from war. To the east of the Colosseum, hidden under the Colle Oppio, is Nero's opulent Domus Aurea, a palace that stands as testimony to the lavish lifestyles of the emperors—it is occasionally accessible by joining a guided tour. Check for details and reservations.


Arco di Costantino

This majestic arch was erected in AD 315 to commemorate Constantine's victory over Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge. It was…

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Domus Aurea

Legend has it that Nero famously fiddled while Rome burned. Fancying himself a great actor and poet, he played, as…

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The Colosseum

The most spectacular extant edifice of ancient Rome, the Colosseum has a history that is half gore, half glory. Here,…

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