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The site of many bloody gladiatorial fights, the Colosseum, which was finished in 80 A.D., could then hold about 50,000 spectators. With a circumference of 573 yards and sitting on marshland, experts say the Colosseum is an engineering wonder … not to mention an animal- and human-rights atrocity.
Today, the massive complex is a favorite site amongst travelers. That said, you'll find lengthy lines almost anytime you visit. To beat the queues, you can purchase a ticket at the Roman Forum, which allows you admittance to both and a line jump at the Colosseum. You can also purchase the Romapass, which gets you access to several of the city's top museums for free.
Recent Colosseum visitors recommend getting a tour guide, with some saying it gives more context, providing a richer experience than simply viewing the structure. Other travelers specifically suggest taking a night tour to beat the crowds.
The Colosseum is open daily, from morning until about an hour before sunset, and you can find it off the Colosseo metro stop.
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