Think of Rome and you picture the Colosseum, so it's really the 'must do' attraction. On our first day in Rome we took the bus tour and then picked out the sites we wanted to visit. Driving over the Tiber Bridge, you see the Colosseum rising up before you and all the visions you eve had of Rome just flood into your mind. We had a guided tour around the building and it's well worth paying the extra 5 euros. Do buy a combination ticket for the Palatine Hill - you then don't have to queue to get in to that site. Beware of the 'skip the line' ticket salespeople - we arrived reasonably early in the morning and the queue really wasn't that long. To stand looking into the arena is something else. The guide gives you the true history of the place and not the Hollywood version, but it doesn't lose any of its impact. The Colosseum or the Flavian Amphitheatre, as it is really called, is a must on your visit to Rome.
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