The real name of this building that has become the symbol of Rome is the Flavian Amphitheatre and construction of it was started in 72 AD by Vespasian and was finished eight years later by his son Titus. The Romans came here to watch the circus games (ludi circenses) that were for the most part extremely cruel involving gladiators, wild beasts and prisoners (very often Christian) fighting for their lives. The structure was also often flooded in order to stage mock naval battles. These shows came to an end in the fifth century when Telemaco entered the arena and tried to make the gladiators stop fighting. He was killed but from that day on, no more games were held in Rome.
Distance from the hotel: 6 minutes by taxi