Lonely Planet Writer

Tourists are about to get the chance to enter the Colosseum like a gladiator

Visitors to one of Rome’s most popular tourist sites are about to get an authentic taste of what it may have been like to enter the Colosseum as a gladiator in the first century.

A view of the arena floor and surrounding structure.
A view of the arena floor and surrounding structure. Image by James Martin

A new entry point is due to open this week which will allow guests to walk from the eastern curve of the structure through the underground passage ways that lead out onto the arena floor. This will be the third entrance to be added to the Colosseum and organisers hope that it will improve the flow of tourists to the landmark, which hosts over six million visitors a year.

The new addition is also aimed at helping with the long lines outside the Colosseum.
The new addition is also aimed at helping with the long lines outside the Colosseum. Image by James Martin

Originally built in 72 A.D by Emperor Vespasian and located to the east of the Roman Forum, The Colosseum is the world’s largest amphitheatre. It is currently undergoing further renovations. The entrance will initially be reserved for tour groups that book in advance with official guides.
 

Visitors will no doubt be excited to get a more in depth view of the iconic structure that held violent and notorious gladiator battles for 55,000 spectators in its day. The site is set to see further renovations in the coming months.