The iconic Roman image

Of course it isn’t possible to count as a proper tourist visitor to Rome without going to see this, even just from the outside when construction hoardings are in the way.

On this occasion I did of visit the inside as well, which gave me an up close view of the the retention and restoration work on the Coliseum. The retention of the old stonework is clearly important, as is the safety of visitors and the approach taken to ensuring it impressed me.

Obviously the actual activities for which the Coliseum was originally built no longer take place, however I have watched some dramas set in this period in which storytellers have re-created the lives and fights of slaves and gladiators. I am sure that the work done by the archaeologists here informed, or at least inspired the telling of tales from the cells below and the viewing galleries above the arena.

The height of the building also allows you great views of the surrounding sights of the city.

And as I found all over this city – ancient artefacts being so prolific, they just lie around on the ground everywhere, only occasionally protected from interested visitors.

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