Next Time You’re in Rome

Check out my short piece on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Colosseum.

Want a backstage pass to the gladiator games? Then join a behind-the-scenes tour of Rome’s Colosseum, taking in the underground chambers where the ancient city’s famous warriors prepared themselves for battle.

The subterranean section is one of the best-preserved parts of the famous 1,931-year-old arena. Unlike other sections of the Colosseum, which have been lived in, mined for stone, used as fortifications and even planted with gardens, the now cleared rooms and passages beneath the amphitheater have remained untouched since the 5th century, when they were filled with earth shortly after the Colosseum fell out of use. “They’ve been conserved, exactly the way they were,” says the Colosseum’s director, Rossella Rea.

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