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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.
On 2 February 1787, Goethe noted his exciting experience of night time tourism in Rome, enchanted by the beauty of the Colosseum illuminated by the moon:
For three nights now we have enjoyed this splendid and luminous spectacle, a spectacle which before the Colosseum exceeds any imagination. It is closed by night, only a hermit lives in a small church nearby, while the beggars invade the ruined vaults. They has lit a fire on the smooth paving; a slight breeze was sending the smoke into the arena, so that the lower part of the ruins was covered in smoke and the prodigious walls rose obscured. We were leaning against a rail and looking at this phenomenon; the moon was still in the sky and very clear. Slowly, the smoke rose up against the walls, pillars and openings, while the moon coloured it like a fog. It was a magical spectacle. This is the way in which the Pantheon and Campidoglio, St. Peter’s and all the other squares and streets of Rome should be illuminated.
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