The words ‘Imperial Rome’ probably conjures up images of Russell Crowe battling gladiators in the middle of the towering Colosseum of Imperial Rome, in the film Gladiator. The Colosseum, which still stands to this day, didn’t just see bloody gladiator matches although it is most famous for that. It also saw massive plays, battle reenactments, dramas based on Roman gods, executions, animal hunts and much more. In its later years, it was used as a temple, quarry, workshop and fortress. And come November 1, 2017, you will be able to explore more of this towering monument to the Roman Empire. ALSO READ: 16 awe-inspiring photographs of Italy that prove it is the most beautiful country in the world
From the start of next month, the fourth and fifth levels of seats high up in the Colosseum will be open to tours. There will even be special tours that focus on these levels, from which you can see the rest of the arena and seats below you as well as the city beyond. A connecting tunnel will also be opened to tourists, who will be able to see the remnants of six ancient toilets once used by the Romans.
Another view of the Colosseum
The Colosseum has been undergoing a series of renovations for the past four years, and it is set to continue for another few years. There are plans to reopen the famed underground vaults where prisoners and wild animals were kept before being taken up to the arena for the bloody games. Dario Franceschini, the current national culture minister, is also thinking of cultural events to be hosted at the Colosseum. NOW READ: Startling secrets of Rome’s Colosseum REVEALED!
The highest seats of the Colosseum will probably offer the best view of the ancient structure second to a drone, but that wasn’t the case when the amphitheater once hosted shows. Back then, like it is now, the farthest seats were the cheapest ones and reserved for the average folk. The closer you were to the action, the richer and more elite you were. So if you find yourself in the newly restored fourth and fifth level seats, imagine squinting and watching the matches that take place down below.