Travelogue of Rome: Colosseum, the symbol of the Empire
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Colosseum is the symbol of Rome, nothing compares to the thrill of seeing it yourself.

It is one of the most famous landmarks in the world, you see it when you are child, in photos, in documentaries even in cartoons - , but if you are like me, you’ll see the Colosseum as something beautiful in pictures but quite unreal.

Travelogue of Rome: “It was there, huge and impressive, the Colosseum!”

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to visit Italy and Rome of course. After visiting some attractions, all beautiful, it was time to visit the Colosseum. We took the subway that takes you right in front of this monument. I was walking in the subway corridor toward the exit  and I had completely forget I was going to see the Colosseum.

Travelogue of Rome: Colosseum from metro station

Travelogue of Rome: Colosseum from metro station Paul Kelley. Licensed by CC BY 2.0

I was conversing quietly when, at the moment to go outside, I looked in front of me and I had the most amazing impression I might expect - . It was there, huge and impressive, the Colosseum! I gasped with excitement and I can assure you I was not the only one. If I’m not mistaken, there was some young German tourists near to me which, seeing the great mole of this enormous witness of history, could not stifle a shocked expression that was worth a thousand words.

Roman Colosseum: I will never forget is the thrill of coming face to face with this witness of history

At the entrance to the Colosseum I imagined what happened there, how was the real life. People put their lives in danger to let the mass enjoy,  slaves and prisoners were forced , others do it for pleasure to feel adrenaline and people’s admiration.

Travelogue of Rome Arch of Constantine and Colosseum

Travelogue of Rome Arch of Constantine and Colosseum Chris Yunker. Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

I was there in one of the stands of the Coliseum looking toward the center and asking to myself how much blood was shed in that land. And I thought I heard the roar of a crowd around me, cheering or booing for their competitor, and I was wondered if they would let him alive or give him a coup de grace. At that time, coming back to reality, I feel lots of feelings for  this  marvel of antiquity and a tomb of many souls, some of them innocent. But what I will never forget is the thrill of coming face to face with this witness of history.
Travelogue of Rome: inside the Colosseum

Travelogue of Rome: inside the Colosseum Hallo I am Bruce. Licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0