Though there may no longer be gladiators and staged naval battles at Rome’s iconic Colosseum, it’s still a great hive of activity in central Rome. Crawling with tourists in the day and street cats at night, this building must be seen to appreciate the scale of Roman engineering and the legendary tales of debauchery and decadence. Built by Emperor Vespasian in 72 A.D. on the site of Nero’s palace, the Colosseum entertained Romans with spectacles and contests until the fall of the empire. Since then, it’s served as a cemetery, castle, convent, and quarry.
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