It is one of the seven wonders of the world!
Voted by 90 million people, as a result of the survey launched in 2007 by B. Weber, the Colosseum has become one of the New Wonders of the World, being evaluated by a team of experts led by the former general director of UNESCO, the Spanish Federico Mayor.
A masterpiece of unquestionable value, loved by the Romans and by the rest of the world.
The Flavian Amphitheatre, built by the Emperor Vespasian, was the venue for the games which took place in the ancient Rome. Very famous were the gladiator fights, usually slaves or prisoners of war, trained with the aim of ferociously and bravely fighting in order to regain their freedom.
The naval battles re-enacments were also really spectacular events: a reproduction, on artificial lakes, of bloody naval battles. The Emperor Julius Caesar was the first one who proposed this new form of entertainment, but Titus was the first Emperor who actually organized it within the arena of the Colosseum, artificially filled with water through a system that conveyed the water inside and outside the space of the arena.
The genius of the ancient Romans has reached in this impressive work its highest expression. The innovation, compared to the Greek theatre, lies in the "round" structure, showing an arena completely surrounded by the auditorium, capable of accommodating a vast audience.
It was 52 metres high, consisted of four rows with 80 arcades, each one containing 70,000 seats: these numbers really show the magnitude of this monument, representing the symbol of Rome, today as in the past.