As part of my leisure time, it is no secret that I love wandering the streets of both ancient and modern Rome. Many times I’ve been to the Colosseum, and while I’m aware that it’s not exactly a hidden gem of the Italian capital, I admit that every time I visit or even just stare at it, I find new angles for my ongoing researching routine.
I have seen it from outside, inside and from different viewpoints, such as the Vittoriano complex in Piazza Venezia or the Garden of the Oranges in the Aventino Hill, so when the tour company The Roman Guy invited me to their Colosseum – Dungeon, Third Level and Arena Floor VIP tour I had no hesitation in seazing the opportunity.
The tour started at the Roman Forum, a place the never fails to give me the willies, the place where Roman glory started, the very heart of the ancient city, where temples, villas and the Senate house were built and where daily life went on thousands of yers ago. Needless to say, one of my favorite areas within the Roman Forum is the temple devoted to Julius Ceasar who, after his death, was deified and where still now his fellow citizens bring him fresh flowers.
After exploring the Forum ruins, our tour guide and company’s co-founder Brandon brought us to the Colosseum, where we enjoyed a no-line access that allowed us to reach a restricted area available only by booking an authorized tour company.
We took our time to re-live and picture the moments of glory the gladiators had on the arena floor, ready for the games that would have seen them either victorious or probably killed by the hand of their opponent or mauled by a lion. Here on the arena, today re-built in order to give visitors a clearer idea of the original construction, gladiators had the responsiblity to entertain some 80.000 spectators, among which was the emperor himself.
From the dungeon, we went up to the Third Level, where we could admire and take plenty of pictures not only of the best view you can possibly have of the Colosseum interior, but also of Rome’s city center, the Roman Forum, Via dei Fori Imperiali and in general of the whole ancient city. I agree that I might get a little over thrilled when it comes to ancient Rome, but I can assure that this tour was one of a kind, a great way to experience the bygone empire in all its grandeur.
This tour was provided by The Roman Guy, if you wish to contact them you can shoot them an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), give them a call (+39 342 876 1859) or follow them on Twitter @TheRomanGuy or Facebook at facebook.com/theromanguy.