Colosseum live camView of the Colosseum and the Imperial Fora of Ancient Rome

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    • 3 weeks ago
    • maggie

    Entrance FREE first Sunday of every month....but be early (7.30 ish) as the world and his wife will be there...x

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • Enzo Tommasi

    Il Colisseo! :)

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    • 4 weeks ago
    • MWH

    If you're going but don't have an advance ticket, you buy your ticket INSIDE the Colosseum - just follow the queue where the barriers are (opposit the METRO exit) and ignore all the touts who are trying to sell you a guided tour with fastrack - if you say to them you just want admission and where to buy a ticket, they will send you anywhere as punishment! (Been there yesterday so this is fresh news!)

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    • 1 month ago
    • Jetzen

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROMA !!!

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    • 1 month ago
    • Anne

    Happy Easter everyone.

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    • 1 month ago
    • Steve Lavery

    This camera angle is a decent way to watch the Pope and the Good Friday procession that commemorates the fourteen stages of Christ's passion

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    • 2 months ago
    • Frank van Zomeren

    Blijft de mooiste stad van de wereld.

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    • 2 months ago
    • Mario Goossens

    * weeoinks to go and i am going to be there for the third time love Rome

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    • 2 months ago
    • Steve Lavery

    Venus, well said! It's the next best thing to being there....

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    • 2 months ago
    • Venus

    Thank to website for such wonderful opportunity to travel and watch such dreamful places!

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    • 3 months ago
    • larry

    What has happened to the cameras located at Piazza San Marco, Canal Grande, Rialto Bridge and Ponte Vecchio? I miss them all.

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    • 6 months ago
    • Name

    why we have not time lapse?

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    • 7 months ago
    • Shelley

    There was an earthquake in the Rome area earlier tonight. Luckily no damage to these lovely buildings but I don't think I'd want to be anywhere near them just now in case of aftershocks. I hope nobody was hurt as it's not so long since many people died after a previous one.

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    • 8 months ago
    • hermione

    Love looking at the skyline webcam of this amazing place. My first visit was last year & I was moved to tears to fulfil a lifelong dream to see the Colosseum whilst on honeymoon! .. luckily had a return visit last month, thankyou skyline for all the days in between!!

Colosseum

In 2007, a new list of seven natural wonders for the modern world was announced and it was officially included, in 1980 it was added as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is the Colosseum (also known as Coliseum) or Amphitheatrum Flavium, the largest, the most imposing and the best preserved amphitheatre of Ancient Rome, the emblem of Italy in the world.

The site chosen for its construction was previously occupied by the grandiose Nero's area including his Domus Aurea; works began under the emperor Vespasian in around 70-72 AD and were completed in 80 AD under his son Titus, the inauguration games even lasted for one hundred days; over the centuries the Colosseum has suffered different and extensive kind of damages (fires, earthquakes, neglect and so on...) so that it was frequently under restoration works; as symbol of the empire, its name seems to have come from the Nero's giant bronze statue nearby, named after the Colossus of Rhodes; even today it's huge size is still impressive: a capacity of 70000 spectators, a circonference of 527 m., the central arena is 86 m. long and 54 m. wide, a surface of 3.357 m² and a height of 57 m., 4 floors (the first three floors are enriched by outer arcades framed by half-columns while the forth floor, the attic, is decorated with flat composite lesenes); its architectural lines and the monumental construction clearly express the features of the first imperial Rome.

As a grand political gesture, the Colosseum was firstly designed to shore up Vespasian's regime, a pleasure palace for the people would have increased their approval, moreover it was used to host gladiatorial games, public spectacles and a variety of other events, anyway it was ensured that the action was in everybody's view; all seats were divided into five horizontal sections (maeniana) to keep different classes of spectators separate, the best seats went to the élite while plebeians and poors had their own sections and watched the games from a distance, at the same time about one hundred sailors from the naval fleet stationed nearby, raised and lowered an enormous linen awning known as the velarium above the monument to protect the seating area from sun and rain; the Colosseum continued to delight for many centuries, but with the fall of the Roman Empire it had went into decline and was abandoned to the homeless, animals and wild flowers until the beginning of the 14th century when Henry VII gave the Colosseum to the Senate and the Roman people; after a period of stability the monument suffered severe damage from a great number of natural disasters, as a result a large part of materials was even stolen for the construction of other buildings, Palazzo Barberini is worth a mention; a big change appeared in 1744 when Pope Benedict XIV declared the Colosseum a national monument as sacred spot where for centuries Christian martyrs were savagely killed, he was the one who built the stations of the Via Crucis by placing a big cross made of burning torches; since the consecration by Pope Benedict XIV many restoration projects have been initiated and the Colosseum was venerated by a moltitude of Christians, its grandeur and historical significance are admired today by millions of fascinated visitors from all over the world.

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