Rome’s Colosseum, originally named the Flavian Amphitheater because it was constructed by emperors of the Flavian dynasty, was completed in 82 A.D. and still holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest amphitheater.
The Colosseum is second only to Vatican City as the most visited spot in Italy: Close to 6 million tourists a year visit the monument.
Now, the ancient amphitheater is undergoing somewhat controversial renovations thanks to grants from the Italian government, which announced a plan to spend $20 million to rebuild the arena floor, and from billionaire Diego Della Valle, who promised $33 million for refurbishments.
Before the repairs are completed, here are a few secrets of the ancient Colosseum that you can use to impress your friends and family.
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