Rome is a city of layers, with one civilization built upon the remains of another. Reminders of ancient life stand next to Renaissance palazzos and “modern” 19th century buildings, as current Romans hustle past with cell phones.
These are some of the best places to catch a glimpse of Ancient Rome:
- The Colosseum
- The Roman Forum
- The Pantheon
- The National Museum of Rome
The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater ever constructed, a fitting symbol of the power of the Roman empire. Built around 80 A.D. of concrete and sand, the arched structure is a masterpiece of engineering, able to hold 80,000 spectators. The Colosseum was used for gladiator contests, animal hunts, and executions. Even with damage from earthquakes and removal of stone for use elsewhere, the oval amphitheater stands an imposing 160 feet high, and 270 by 150 feet across.