The Colosseum is situated
in Piazza del Colosseo and is open every day except
December 25th and on January 1st from
9am till one hour before sunset. Its construction
was started by Emperor Vespasian in AD72 in the
grounds of Nero's private Domus Aurea and it was
inaugurated by his son Titus in AD80. Thereafter,
inaugural games lasted for 100 days and nights,
during which some 5000 animals were slaughtered.
Damaged several times by earthquake, it was later
used as a quarry for travertine and marble for Palazzo
Venezia and other buildings. To this day, it remains
an evocative place to explore.
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