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Rome: A Voyage from the Elephant Obelisk to the Colosseum

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This is the Elephant and Obelisk statue in Piazza della Minerva, Rome, designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and erected in 1667, symbolizing the combination of strength and wisdom.

Rome, a city where history breathes through its streets, today, I'm offering you an unparalleled journey from the Elephant Obelisk to the Colosseum - a slightly later addition to the archive of The Wondering Englishman's Blog to coexist with the YouTube Video I made on this exact route. Without a moment to lose, let's dive into this captivating voyage and discover the treasures along the way.

The Elephant Obelisk: A Unique Monument

Begin your adventure at the Elephant Obelisk in Piazza della Minerva. Designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, this whimsical statue features an ancient Egyptian obelisk atop a playful elephant, symbolizing wisdom and strength.

Piazza Venezia: The Heart of Rome

Proceed to Piazza Venezia, dominated by the grand Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland). This monumental white marble structure, dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II, offers panoramic views of the city from its terraces.

Roman Forum: The Center of Ancient Rome

Next, explore the Roman Forum, the bustling centre of ancient Rome. This expansive archaeological site is home to remnants of important government buildings, temples, and marketplaces, providing a tangible connection to Rome's imperial past.

The Colosseum: An Icon of Rome

The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was commissioned by Emperor Vespasian in AD 70-72 and completed by his son Titus in AD 80. It is the largest amphitheatre ever built and could hold up to 80,000 spectators. The structure was used for gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on classical mythology. Its complex design included a network of underground passages (hypogeum) used to house slaves, gladiators, and wild animals before contests began. The Colosseum's architecture and engineering were groundbreaking. It featured a complex system of vaults, made extensive use of concrete, and was designed to allow swift crowd dispersal. Despite suffering damage from natural disasters and stone robbers, it remains one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering.

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Every Angle you approach the Epic Colosseum is going to make you say Wow - The Roman's were something special!

Visiting the Colosseum is not just about viewing an ancient structure; it's about experiencing a piece of history that has withstood the test of time and offers insights into the grandeur and complexity of Roman civilization.

A tour of the Colosseum allows you to step back in time and imagine the grandeur and brutality of its heyday.

Visiting the Colosseum

Opening Hours in 2024: The Colosseum is open every day except January 1st and December 25th. The typical opening hours are:

  • From January 2nd to February 15th: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

  • From February 16th to March 15th: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

  • From March 16th to last Saturday in March: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

  • From the last Sunday in March to August 31st: 8:30 AM - 7:15 PM

  • From September 1st to September 30th: 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM

  • From October 1st to the last Saturday in October: 8:30 AM - 6:30 PM

  • From the last Sunday in October to December 31st: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The last admission is one hour before closing time.

Ticket Prices in 2024:

  • Standard Ticket: €16

  • Reduced Ticket (EU citizens aged 18-25): €2

  • Free Admission: For visitors under 18, disabled visitors with one companion, and EU guides or interpreters.

Note that tickets also include entrance to the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, valid for 24 hours from the first use.

Where to Book Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online from the official Colosseum website, which is highly recommended to avoid long queues. You can also book guided tours, which provide a richer historical context and allow access to areas not available with standard admission, such as the underground chambers and the arena floor.


Hotel Nazionale: Located near the Pantheon, this elegant hotel offers a blend of historic charm and modern amenities. Enjoy spacious rooms with classic decor, a gourmet breakfast, and stunning views of Piazza Montecitorio.

Palazzo Manfredi: For a luxurious stay, choose Palazzo Manfredi. Overlooking the Colosseum, this hotel offers exclusive suites and rooms with contemporary design. The rooftop terrace provides a breathtaking view of the Colosseum, perfect for a romantic evening.

Hotel de Russie: Nestled between Piazza del Popolo and the Spanish Steps, this 5-star hotel offers a tranquil oasis in the heart of Rome. With its lush gardens, spa, and Michelin-starred restaurant, it’s an ideal retreat after a day of exploration.


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View from the table at Ristorante Aroma

Ristorante Aroma: Located in Palazzo Manfredi, this Michelin-starred restaurant offers exquisite Italian cuisine with a view of the Colosseum. Enjoy dishes like saffron risotto with lobster while admiring the iconic amphitheatre.

Roscioli: Near Campo de' Fiori, Roscioli is a gourmet haven. This deli restaurant offers a vast selection of Italian cheeses, cured meats, and wines. Their carbonara is a must-try, made with the finest ingredients.

Trattoria Da Enzo al 29: For authentic Roman cuisine, visit this cosy trattoria in Trastevere. Known for its warm atmosphere and delicious dishes like cacio e pepe and oxtail stew, it’s a favourite among locals and tourists alike.

This journey from the Elephant Obelisk to the Colosseum encapsulates the essence of Rome, where every step reveals layers of history and culture. Whether you’re an architecture aficionado, a history buff, or a casual traveller, this route offers a profound glimpse into the Eternal City’s rich legacy. Embark on this voyage and let Rome's timeless charm captivate your senses.

For more detailed explorations and travel tips, visit the blog posts that inspired this journey:

Thank you for reading, and I hope this guide enhances your upcoming visit. For more thrilling adventures and insightful explorations into the world’s wonders, alongside discussions on politics, world events, and techno, be sure to dive into my other content. Your support through sharing helps us continue our journey through the globe's most captivating and curious locales! If you found this information valuable, please consider following me on Instagram or subscribing to my YouTube Channel. You can also support me by becoming a member on YouTube or SubscribeStar, or even just by buying me a coffee on Ko-Fi. I'm not sponsored by any tourist board or commercial entity—my content is independently provided because I believe it will be beneficial to readers like you. Safe travels! #Italy



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