Colosseum

Continuing my first day in Rome, Ι  ended up in Colosseum. 

The best thing to do if you’re planning to visit Rome, is to book your tickets online. The queue can get massive especially when the weather is good!!!

Apart from that, the Colosseum is just stunning!!

 

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t’s not only the size of it, but its aura too! When you step your foot on these marbles, you can experience the vibe of the games and get the emotions of the audience, the VIPs and the .. 

According to the Codex-Calendar of 354, the Colosseum could accommodate 87,000 people, although modern estimates put the figure at around 50,000.

The space underneath the main arena (hypogeum), is as complicated and beautiful as per the user levels. 

 

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Here the imperial passion for bloody spectacle reached its peak of excess. When Emperor Titus inaugurated the amphitheatre in AD 80, he declared 100 days of celebratory games, some involving the massacre of 5,000 wild beasts. All such slaughter-as-sport was legal until AD 523.The backbreaking labour to build the greatest of amphitheatres was carried out by a horde of  Jeweish slaves, brought here following the suppression of their revolt in Judaea. The structure has been the archetype for the world’s sports stadiums ever since..

 

 

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The arena itself was 83 meters by 48 meters (272 ft by 157 ft / 280 by 163 Roman feet).

It comprised a wooden floor covered by sand (the Latin word for sand is harena or arena), covering an elaborate underground structure called the hypogeum (literally meaning “underground”). The hypogeum was not part of the original construction but was ordered to be built by Emperor 
Domitian. Little now remains of the original arena floor, but the hypogeum is still clearly visible. It consisted of a two-level subterranean network of tunnels and cages beneath the arena where gladiators and animals were held before contests began. Eighty vertical shafts provided instant access to the arena for caged animals and scenery pieces concealed underneath; larger hinged platforms, called hegmata, provided access for elephants and the like. It was restructured on numerous occasions; at least twelve different phases of construction can be seen.

Despite the wars, the big fire on 64 AD and the earthquakes, Colosseum is here to stay!

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As I covered the outfit details on previous posts, I’ll focus on the watch I’m wearing this time. Daniel Wellington, has managed to design a watch that appeals to the majority of women and men.. Simplicity and the quality, along with bespokeness.  The band of the watch comes in many colours, and it can be easily changed to match your mood, and your outfit!! Also, DW’s campaign on social media, is a avery good example of creative advertising.. 

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Did you miss the first parts of my day 1? Follow me through my journey from Piazza di Spagna to Villa Borghese.. 


Watch: Daniel Wellington

Place: Colosseum, Rome, Italy

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