When in Rome

As one of the greatest ancient cities in the world, with the largest population for almost a thousand years, this unique and somewhat dominating city is a must.

I am, of course, talking about Rome.

Every trip to Rome must include sightseeing of Ancient Rome. The problem is that there are such an incredible variety of sights to visit! Even though there are so many choices whilst in Rome, most people seem to always make time for the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine. So what makes these the must see monuments in Rome?

ColosseumAnyone who has seen the Colosseum in person can testify that the grandeur of this incredible building is indescribable. Standing in front of the Colosseum as a little human imagining the time and effort which would have been put in to its build is awe-inspiring.

Once known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, the Colosseum was built during the 70s CE as a gladiator arena by Jewish slaves. It is the largest amphitheatre from Ancient Rome, with over 50000 people able to be seated at any one time. This great monument is located east of the Roman Forum on the old site of the Domus Aurea (Golden House) built by Emperor Nero. This was a portico villa which was destroyed in a fire during 64 CE.

The Colosseum
The Colosseum

The Arch of Constantine is between the Colosseum and Palatine Hill on Via Triumphalis; the road taken by emperors when entering the city in triumph. It was built in 315 CE to commemorate Constantine’s victory over Mexantius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, 28th October 312 CE. Spolia was used in the construction of the arch; extensive re-use of parts of earlier buildings and monuments. This is the latest in triumphal arches built in Rome.

Arch of Constantine
Arch of Constantine

Have you been to Rome? Where would you recommend visiting ‘when in Rome’?

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