From Nov 1, the newly renovated top two tiers of Rome’s Colosseum will be opened officially to the public for the first time in 40 years.?
The fifth and highest floor of the 2,000-year-old amphitheatre used to house the cheapest seats for poor plebeians, who strained to see the gladiatorial fights and other public spectacles from a height of about 40m. Today, it offers views of other nearby historical sites, such as the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
In ancient Rome, the first level of the arena was reserved for senators, the second for equestrians, the third for the intermediate classes and the fourth and fifth floors for women and those from the lowest social class.
Small groups of up to 25 people each will be allowed to visit the newly opened areas on guided tours, which require advance booking.?
The next phase of restoration works, which will focus on the basement, is estimated to cost 5 million (S$8 million) and take about 1? years.?
?Piazza del Colosseo, 1, 00184 Roma RM, Italy