Coliseum, Rome


Even in ruins, the Coliseum is an iconoic symbol of Imperial Rome and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy today. Built in 72-80 AD, the majestic oval shaped arena could hold up to 80,000 spectators for a range of events from gladiatorial contests, animal hunts and executions to re-enactments of famous battles and dramas based on Roman mythology. In 2013, the ancient building underwent its first major restoration in its history. Though its ruined state makes it impractical to host major events, it has been the backdrop for large concerts such as Ray Charles, Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Billy Joel.

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