The Colosseum is one of the most famous landmarks anywhere on Earth.
The famous name for the magnificent amphitheater is thought to stem not from its own enormous size, but from a colossal statue of Nero that stood nearby.
One thing that has always struck us about The Colosseum is how similar modern stadiums adhere to the design, right down to numbered sections.
Of course it is Roman numerals above each of the archways mark the entries leading into the seating area at this old arena.
It was heading in to one of those archways that we discovered a huge advantage to joining a tour group from the Royal Princess, we got to jump right past the extensive line of folks waiting to get inside.
Even approaching its one thousandth birthday the place looks pretty good. In fact, although damage has been caused by earthquakes and age over time, the majority comes from scavenging when marble and bronze stonework clamps were taken to be used for other buildings.
Still the theater has survived well enough that the staging was still in place from when Paul McCartney performed in it a few years back.
David & Veronica, GypsyNester.com
Thanks to Princess Cruises for inviting us along and providing this adventure! As always, all opinions are our own. See our entire Mediterranean voyage aboard the Royal Princess here