Earlier this year, Mrs. Ranney's class read a story that took place in Italy. One of our own classmates, Aidan, has traveled to Italy and has some great experiences to share!
During spring break of last year, I went to Italy for vacation. We spent most of our time in Rome and then went to Pompeii, Sorrento, and the Island of Capri. I learned a lot about ancient Roman art, architecture, and engineering marvels.
In this blog post, I will take you on an online tour of the Roman Coliseum!
The Coliseum in Rome is a giant, elliptically-shaped amphitheatre that is built out of travertine stone. It can hold about 50,000 spectators. The coliseum is 615 feet long and 510 feet wide. The height of the outer wall is 157 feet! The inside area is about 6 acres, or about the area of 6 football fields. The construction of the coliseum was completed in 80 A.D.
I think it’s amazing that it took only 10 years for the whole structure to be built – and that was without any modern machinery or equipment.
The Coliseum got its name from the colossal statue of Emperor Nero, which was next to it. The statue was removed once Emperor Nero was no longer in power. This colossal structure is still considered one of the greatest examples of Roman architecture and engineering. It was a really interesting site.
Has anyone else ever traveled to Rome or any place else in Italy?
If you have traveled to Italy, what did you think was the most interesting place you visited?
Can you add any facts about the Coliseum or other sites in Rome?