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Rome Just Opened The Upper Floors Of The Colosseum For The First Time In Many Years

The Colosseum in Rome is Italy's most popular tourist attraction. Every year, millions of people flock to see where gladiators used to fight. On November 1st, however, for the first time in decades, the top of the Colosseum is being removed, and guests will be allowed to climb to the structures highest level, more than 120 feet off the ground!

5 stories off the ground, the highest levels of the Colosseum used to be reserved for Plebians - the lowliest members of Roman society. The wooden seats were cheaper than the closer, marble benches, because they were so far away from the action.

Rossella Rea, the director of the Colosseum, told The Telegraph:

The wild animals were kept in underground tunnels. They were not fed for days. So when they were hoisted up from the darkness to the arena in cages, they would have been terrified. The carnage was terrible.

Six million people visit the Colosseum every year, and, with this new level now available to tour, they'll be able to see fantastic views of the nearby Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the rest of Rome.

H/T - The Independent, The Smithsonian