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Piazzale del Colosseo
Always visible on the outside. Open for visits every day. From the last Sunday of October to February 15th 08:30-16:30; from February 16th to March 15th 08:30-17:00; from March 16th to the last Saturday of March 08:30-17:30; from the last Sunday of March to August 31st 08:30-19.15; from September 1st to September 30th 08:30-19:00; from October 1st to the last Saturday of October 08:30-18:30. On the June 2nd 13:30-19:15. The ticket office closes one hour before closing time. Closed on 1st January, 1st May, and 25th December. Admission fee.
The Flavian Amphitheatre, inaugurated in 80 A.D.by Emperor Titus, was the largest public building for shows like hunts and gladiatorial combat in the Empire. In the Middle Ages, the original name was replaced by Colysaeum, due to the vicinity of the colossal statue of the emperor Nero.
There is no evidence to suggest the martyrdom of Christians in the Colosseum; in the numerous guides to Rome written between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries the Colosseum is never mentioned as a place of martyrdom. However, it was the scene of death sentences, for pagans as well as Christians, throughout the imperial age, although by late antiquity something changed; sentences to be torn to pieces by wild beasts in the arena were fewer and crucifixion was abolished by the Emperor Constantine because it was bound to the image of Christ’s sacrifice. On the other hand, sentences to the stake, evoking the flames of hell, increased.