6 Things Not to Miss at
The Colosseum in Rome

6 Things Not to Miss at
The Colosseum in Rome

The Colosseum is an attraction that is meant to be admired for its grandeur. Apart from simply taking in the scale and architecture, there are more than a few gems hidden in the rubble. Here’s a look at the top six things you should check out when you're at the Colosseum in Rome.

6 Things to Do When You Visit The Colosseum in Rome

Tour the Tunnels Under the Colosseum

The Colosseum featured a floor originally built of wood and covered with sand, but the original structure has long since been destroyed. The result is that visitors are now able to see that labyrinth of tunnels that once existed below the floor. The underground levels, or "hypogea," were where gladiators and animals waited before going into combat. 2021 was the first year in the monument's history that tourists have ever been allowed in.

Panorama of the inside of Colosseum in Rome, Italy

While you can look down onto these areas from the Hypogeum level of the Colosseum, visitors can explore the maze of passageways that only Gladiators and wild beats once had access to. Tourists are invited to walk on a wooden platform and take in the corridors, archways, and rooms where gladiators and animals were held. You can see where these brave men waited for battles centuries ago and get a sense of the anxiety, excitement, and terror they must have felt!

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Visit the Eros Museum at the Colosseum in Rome

Located on the upper level of the outer wall of the Colosseum, you can find a museum dedicated to Eros, the Greek god of love. The museum is an interesting stop because it contains a multitude of artifacts, including a large collection of busts, collected directly from the excavation of the Colosseum.

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See the Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy

Located outside of the Colosseum itself, this towering archway stands more than 60 feet tall and pays homage to Emperor Constantine. The tribute, hailing Constantine's 312 AD victory of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, is the largest and best-preserved Roman triumphal arch remaining. Showcasing a total of three archways, the structure plays a little trick on unsuspecting guests. You see, it is actually composed of relief items taken from other fallen structures. That means that not all the symbolism and pictures on the arch have much to do with this victory, or even with Constantine. While viewing the arch, try to find images of a boar hunt and a sacrifice to Apollo.

Roman Forum in sunshine, Rome, Italy

Walk Through the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy

With sites dating back to 500 B.C., the Roman Forum, Forum Romanum, or simply "The Forum" was the center of day-to-day life in Rome. Originally a marketplace, the site evolved to be the stage for elections, speeches, trials, and most publicized events of Roman life. Today you can stroll the paths walked by the likes of Julius Caesar, and come across ruins of several important ancient buildings including the Temple of Saturn and the Curia Julia, the official meeting place of the Roman Senate built by Julius Caesar in 44 BC.

Check Out the Flora of Rome's Colosseum

Don’t overlook the plant life around the Colosseum as you take in the grandeur of the structure and bloody history of her past. In fact, life is growing here in abundance. The plant life that grows within the structure is not there simply for beautification, it’s there by its own choosing. There have been more than 684 species of plant identified here since the first cataloging in 1643. In the 1800s scientists attempted to remove all of the vegetation, concerned that the roots would damage the deteriorating stone structures. Today there are roughly 200 active plant species that call the stone walls of the Colosseum home.

Roman Forum with blue sky, Rome, Italy

Explore Palatine Hill in Rome, Italy

Located just across from the Colosseum, you can find the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome. This location is also considered one of the most ancient parts of all of Rome. Many of the original Romans are believed to have lived on Palatine Hill, and in fact, the city itself is believed to have been named for one of the original residents; Romulus. According to Roman mythology, this is the site where Romulus killed not only his great uncle but also his twin brother Remus.