Rome Colosseum: Penthouse of the Flavian Amphitheatre Re-opens After 40 Years

After being closed for more than 40 years, it has recently been announced that the fourth and fifth levels of the Colosseum in Rome will re-open to the public, allowing visitors a unique glimpse at this iconic landmark.

rome-colo2.jpgThe fourth and fifth levels of the Colosseum, known of the “Penthouse of the Flavian Amphitheatre”, were actually reserved for the average Romans as, being 40 metres above the arena floor, they didn’t allow a prime view of the action. However, they did offer cover from the rain or sun and so were a popular viewing gallery.

In recent years, there has been a massive effort by Rome’s Department of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, led by Dario Franceschini, to restore the Penthouse levels. Up until recently, visitors could only climb up to the third level; however, with this new restoration, levels four and five will be accessible, offering not only a unique view of the Colosseum interior but also a magnificent view across Rome.

The Penthouse is expected to open on November 1st, 2017, but will only be available to those enjoying a special access tour of the Colosseum to protect the delicate nature of these levels. If you are travelling to Rome with us after November 1st and are interested in a special tour of the Colosseum including these upper levels, please contact your personal travel adviser for advice. Alternatively, if you are thinking about booking a holiday to Rome and would like one of our travel experts to create a personalised holiday to Rome for you including a tour of the Colosseum, please click here to send an online enquiry.

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