The capital city of Italy and the Eternal City, Rome has a long and rich history, being the centre of power, culture and religion of one of the greatest civilizations of mankind, The Holy Roman Empire. In its 2700 years of existence, Rome has collected a vast number of opulent palaces, ancient churches and basilicas, ornate fountains, city squares and ornate sculptures within its city walls.
Originally constructed for the purpose of brutal gladiator games, the Roman Colosseum or Coliseum was built in AD72 by Emperor Vespasian. Eventually completed by his son, Titus in AD80, it was the place where countless gladiators and animals met their end, some gloriously, most anonymously on the sands. The games carried on until the rise of Christianity eventually put an end to the cruelty of the spectacle.