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Colosseo, Rome Travel Guide

Colosseo Summary


  • Area is filled with the most famous ancient Roman ruins
  • The Roman Forum, with numerous ancient temples
  • The Colosseum, the iconic amphitheater dating to the 1st century A.D.; bloody spectacles including gladiator fights, animal hunts, and recreations of famous battles were staged here
  • Underground tours of Colosseum show the areas where gladiators rested and wild beasts were caged
  • Relatively safe area for Rome
  • Metro is easily accessible
  • Pedestrian-friendly area
  • Fun nightlife for tourists in the area


  • Hotel rooms in the area are small and pricey
  • Overrun by tourists during peak season
  • Most restaurants and shops are tourist traps

What It's Like

If you're in Rome to take in copious amounts of old-world architecture and ruins (and there's a good chance you are), the sights in the Colosseo neighborhood are likely at the top of your must-see list. Just south of the city's geographical center, the neighborhood is the heart of all things ancient, from the Roman Forum to the Capitoline Museums to -- you guessed it -- the Colosseum. Attractions such as these are worthy of thousands and rolls of film and countless hours of exploration, and streets are steeped in as much authentic history as you'll find anywhere in the world. As such, it should come as no surprise that many of the more modern area establishments are tourist traps: expect overpriced, mediocre meals, hordes of tourists during peak season, vendors hawking chintzy memorabilia, and tiny hotel rooms.

Where To Stay

The good news: Staying in the area puts you in the shadow of the ancient Roman ruins you're probably here to see! The bad news: Most rooms are small, hotels have sparse amenities, and the shops, cafes and bars are shamelessly touristy. If views are a priority, some of the hotels in the small four-block by four-block area just east of the Colosseum deliver; the Palazzo Manfredi, for example, offers a jaw-dropping outlook over the Colosseum.

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