Highest Level of Rome's Colosseum Will Open to Public for the First Time in 40 Years
The Colosseum is the most popular tourist attraction in Rome today. Each year, six million visitors travel to see the largest amphitheater ever built. However, for several decades the uppermost levels of the ancient arena have been closed off to the public — until now. Starting November 1, visitors can enjoy the views from the top of the Colosseum by way of the fourth and fifth levels for the first time in 40 years, according to The Telegraph.
Back nearly 2,000 years ago, emperors, senators, and other noble parties filled the bottom level of the amphitheater’s bottom level were they viewed sports and entertainment events, followed by the middle class spectators who sat behind them in the second level. At the very top of the famous landmark, plebeians sat at the fifth and fourth levels. Although they were far from the gladiator pit, those who sat at the top level had the best view of the nearby Forum, Arch of Constantine and the Palatine Hill, where emperors built their palaces. Soon, tourists will share the expansive view of the stadium and the nearby landmarks, nearly 120 feet above ground.
Rome's culture minister, Dario Franceschini, said in a statement: "It’s not been possible to visit this part of the Colosseum for 40 years. This restores another part of the monument to the public and provides incredible views of not only the Colosseum but also Rome.”
The price of visiting the new levels will be an additional €9 ($10.50) in addition to the regular entrance fee of €12 ($14) and is only possible in small, pre-reserved groups of 25 people.
H/T The Telegraph
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