The Colosseum

The famous landmark in Rome

For sure, everyone has heard of The Colosseum in Italy. It is, after all, one of the most sought after destinations to visit in Europe. Built in 72 AD by the Emperor Vespasian and finished by his heir Titus in 80AD, it served as the centrepiece to the grandeur and might of the Roman Empire. The Colosseum was home to a lot of gladiatorial contests. If the Colosseum is still being used today, it can hold more or less 80,000 spectators, it was even filled with water during its heyday in order to host naval games.


With my family before taking the tour at the Colosseum

Just like everyone else, I felt ecstatic at the thought of being face to face with this engineering marvel. Its sheer size overwhelmed my eyes and I could not hide the excitement of being able to finally see it.  There were even those who dressed up as Roman Legionaries that added to the surreal feeling.  The tour guide gave us a go signal to take pictures with them. (Read: Taking a photo with them costs €10!)

Walking around the cobblestoned floor of Colosseum was probably one of the highlights of my Eurotrip. It took me back to my younger years when I had my school trip at Intramuros, Manila; only this time, the locality is in a bigger scale. The history and culture of Rome has really smitten me. I was on my toes for more one-of-a-kind experiences and it was only the beginning of my trip.


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