All roads lead to Rome in Italy and the Colosseum is one of Rome’s greatest monuments. This beautiful amphitheatre was capable of seating 45,000 spectators and was built by the Emperor Vespasian of the Flavia family in 80 A.D.
The opening ceremonies lasted for 100 days and were a spectacle of many fights and hunts involving the slaying of thousands of animals. At one point the arena area was filled with water for the most spectacular event to recreate great sea battles of the past.
Close your eyes and imagine it on the opening day. It stood four stories high. The first three floors displaying 80 arches each. It was decorated with huge statues and elaborate white stone slabs that glistened in the Roman sun.
What is seen today is only a skeleton of what was once the most awesome structure in the ancient world. But still your eyes are taken back to the elusive validity of those times.
From the Nashville BNA International airport there are 13 airlines to take you anywhere in Italy you would like to go. Grab a travel guide and plan several stops. Your entire vacation could be well spent only in Rome. Set another trip aside in the future for other stops. Italy is endless with places to see. Nashville also is well equipped with budget travel agents to help you make the most of your visit.
Anywhere in Europe is relatively easy for entry and departure but make sure you have a passport in hand and any documentation that might be needed before you travel abroad.
Italy alone is a country you could spend a lifetime exploring. Rome is a city with limitless sights and adventures. It is a dreamy terrain that can take you back in time. While on your journey of the Seven Wonders of the World it is clear why the Colosseum has earned its noble title.
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