They Were Once 'Cheap Seats' of Colosseum. Now, Priceless

Newly restored top levels are now open to tourists
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 4, 2017 8:55 AM CDT
They Were Once 'Cheap Seats' of Colosseum. Now, Priceless
Tourists visit the Colosseum in Rome, as seen from the topmost level.   (Andrew Medichini)

Visitors to the Colosseum can now enjoy even more of the ancient amphitheater and the spectacular views it offers of Rome. Officials on Tuesday showed off the newly restored fourth and fifth levels of the Colosseum, which are opening to the public for guided tours starting Nov. 1. Included in the visit is a connecting hallway that has never before been open to tourists, per the AP.

Italian Culture Minister Dario Francheschini was on hand Tuesday to visit the new levels, which during ancient Roman times were the cheap seats, since they were farthest away from the spectacle. Today, however, the top two levels of the 171-foot high Colosseum offer priceless views of the stadium itself, as well as the nearby Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the rest of Rome. (More Colosseum stories.)

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