The vivid experience of the Colosseum and the remains of the valley, in a clear, handy guide to the discovery of the urban history of ancient Rome. English edition.
Situated amidst the Oppian, Caelian, Palatine and Velia hills, and inhabited since the origins of the city, the valley of the Colosseum and its urban layout were destroyed by fire in 64 AD, after which the entire area became the site of the extravagant constructions of the emperor Nero.
Today the complex, which has undergone profound transformations over the centuries, with infinite stratifications, partially conserves the image it assumed in the Flavian period, with its most famous vestiges: the amphitheater, the monumental fountain of the Meta Sudans, the Arch of Constantine and the Temple of Venus and Rome.
The guide, with clear, thorough texts and fine illustrations, accompanies the reader in the discovery of the site. Historical interpretation and reconstruction, plans, elevations and views facilitate recognition of the works and monuments. An indispensable resource for tourists and archaeology lovers.