Rome's iconic Colosseum, Italy 16 Feb 2017
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The Colosseum in Rome looms in the background of the Viale Manzoni, and undoubtedly remains one of Italy's most iconic structures. Built nearly 2,000 years ago to house gladiator contests and other public spectacles, it is the largest amphitheatre in the world and can hold up to 80,000 spectators. Travertine stone (a type of limestone deposited by natural springs) blocks were placed together and braced with iron clamps to erect this colossal structure. The site is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, after the family of emperors who initiated and completed the build. Over the years, earthquakes have damaged the building resulting in the partial loss of the upper stadium wall.
Visit the historical sites of Rome on Insight Guides' Wonders of Rome and the Amalfi Coast trip.