on October 21, 2010
I went to visit the Colleseum in 2005. You can journey to it quite easily from station Termini, where my then youth hostel was. I took an underground train from Termini to Il Colesseo stop, but i found out much later that i could have easily walked it. The beauty of Rome is, dispite having crazy drivers and non stop beeping cars you can walk along a beautiful route and see many of the sights free.One very big tip, if youre coming here be prepared for queues and also bring water. The stalls outside sell water and gelatos for like 5 times the price. I simply refused to pay and i walked off to the hills to get a massive bottle of water for less than a euro. The queue to the Colesseum was massive. Outside there are several predators for the tourist trap, with the rip off gelato and refreshment vendors, good looking men dressed as gladiators looking for female attention and money. Also on the prowl will be thieves so watch out. I wore a money belt. In summer there is sweltering heat so important to remember the money.Admission cost me about 15 euros and a wait of well over an hour. You can get the audio tour or just tag along to one of the many tour guides. The area inside is amazing, massive and you get a taste of what it used to be like. The sculpture is amazing and it takes brilliant photos. You get an insight into the gladiators, the blood-thirsty sports. It is amazing to see a building that is so full of history and was built almost 2000 years ago. The Colesseum is the size of Wembley stadium and can hold around 80,000 people, quite fantastic.I was pleased to see the Colesseum and to take photos and be at such a historic and beautiful landmark. However i couldnt help but feel that once youre in there and walk around for a bit, there isnt much else to do but go. I found it very overpriced, for an Italian landmark, however if there are queues as long as an hours wait then they sure wont be reducing the price soon.Please if youre hungry do not buy off the vendors. Walk up to the hills where there are a lot of cafes and sandwich bars, however even still there are cheaper options for those on budgets. Go back to the Termini area and get un etto de pizza for a couple of euros.
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