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The Colosseum, Iconic Rome

Colosseum Rome Italy
Rome was my last stalwart of the major iconic cities to see in Europe. I’d been to Paris, London, Berlin and many more but for some reason Rome was always the “yeah I’ll get there soon” kinda city. I don’t know why when it’s filled with such amazing sights like the Colosseum.

Standing before the Colosseum, one of the most well-known symbols of Rome it’s hard to believe that it has stood here for centuries. I couldn’t help but think wow, Australia as a country has only been around a couple of hundred years and half the buildings there don’t look nearly as good as this old beauty does today.

No matter how touristy or crowded this place gets it has to seen with your own eyes to really appreciate. Hand over the 12 euros for entry and spend an hour or two walking in the foot steps of many a Roman before you, the view is worth it.

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20 Responses to The Colosseum, Iconic Rome

  1. A MONTREALER ABROAD May 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM #

    I keep saying that touristy places are touristy for a reason – and the Colosseum is the perfect example of that! When in Rome, you MUST visit it, period!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 29, 2012 at 8:53 AM #

      Marie you got that right. Some people make a big deal about how touristy they are and you can’t go there but as you said its touristy for a reason. When a building of any sorts been around as long as the colosseum has been i’m going to see it no matter how big the lines are.

      • VI May 29, 2012 at 12:54 PM #

        That’s right – it is touristy, because it has something to show and you always can find the time when such places are not so crowded.

      • JARROD September 4, 2013 at 12:58 PM #

        I found the Colosseum definitely a lot more amazing from the inside than the outside. Was definitely one of those, “Oh wow, this is that place I’ve always seen in textbooks…” moments.

  2. ANDI OF MY BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURES May 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM #

    Gorgeous shot!!!! Did you take that with the iPhone?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM #

      Hey Andi, yes this came from my iPhone much like all the other photos have on my blog of late. It’s replaced my point and shoot camera completely now.

      • VI May 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM #

        wow, the quality is amazing then. It is really no point in having P&S camera any more.

  3. BECKI | BACKPACKERBECKI May 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM #

    That’s one amazing shot! And I agree, that is definately a must-see sight. I was so caught up in the ‘wow’ moment that I hardly noticed the crowds. I want to go back and do a tour of the Colosseum’s underground 🙂

  4. AGIRLFROMOZ June 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM #

    great photo! I’ve been to Rome a couple of times, and walked around the outside of the Colosseum (as well as going in) – really gave me a sense of scale of the place…

  5. ALEX June 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM #

    Wow, great photo! Going to Rome in August for the first time. Definitely going to see this when I am there. Thanks for the info!

  6. ADAM June 5, 2012 at 7:32 AM #

    That’s a beautiful blue sky! I’m super excited to explore Rome next week 🙂

  7. SCARLETT June 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM #

    The collosseaum was one of my favourite places in europe I visited – nothing like feeling like you’re actually walking around so much history! Amazing! love the pic xxx

  8. KRISTINA June 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM #

    Oh, I wish to visit this place one day…

  9. MARC ANTHONY June 8, 2012 at 2:24 PM #

    I have traveled all over the world and visited very few a place as historic as this one .. i like your blog .. keep posting more …

  10. A LADY IN LONDON June 9, 2012 at 5:13 PM #

    I like what you said about Australia being so young as a country compared to the Colosseum. I feel that way about the U.S. a lot when I travel!

  11. MATTHEW HUTCHINS June 20, 2012 at 8:29 AM #

    You didn’t have any trouble with the gladiators harassing you did you? I freakin couldn’t stand them.

  12. MELVIN June 29, 2012 at 11:51 PM #

    wow! i wish i could visit europe one day.that landmark is on my list as well as the eiffel tower.

  13. HOTELOPIA.COM July 9, 2012 at 3:12 PM #

    I get what you mean, I’ve been all over Europe and am always saying I’d love to go to Rome, but yet to actually do it! My summer holiday this year is booked already… maybe next Easter? The Colosseum looks enormous!

  14. CHINATRAVELGO July 14, 2012 at 4:47 PM #

    Would be an awesome feeling to stand in the arena where the elite of Rome were entertained 2000 years ago in the center of the civilized world.

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