The Place: No visit to Rome’s ancient metropolis is complete without a tour of the Colosseum to witness one of the world’s best living examples of Roman architecture. More than 2,000 years old, at the height of the Roman empire, this mammoth amphitheater was not only an architectural masterpiece way ahead of its time, but it was center stage for the deaths of thousands of animals and hundreds of thousands of lives. Today, a little weathered and worse for the wear, the Colosseum is still standing and definitely worth paying a visit when in Rome.
Beat the Crowds: Unless you’ve purchased tickets for the Colosseum in advance you might as well be prepared to wait. And depending on the time of day, those wait times are going to be rough. One of the best times to visit without the crowds is to plan a night tour. City Wonders in Rome is one of the best tour companies of its kind and takes a small group of visitors into the Colosseum after the crowds have gone home. Another unique aspect of this tour is that they are granted underground and arena-floor access, which are otherwise closed to the public.