Rome's Colosseum Has Opened Its Top Levels to the Public

Visitors will be able to access the fourth and fifth levels for the first time in 40 years.

The view from the top of the Colosseum in Rome just got even better.

For the first time in 40 years, the public is now able to access the fourth and fifth levels of the most popular historical site in Italy. Guided tours of the area (which cost 9 euros in addition to the 12-euro entrance fee) include a connecting hallway that has never before been open to tourists.

The Colosseum is the most popular site in Italian history. It attracts over six million visitors a year.

Italian retailer Tod's funded a recent $27.6 million restoration of the Colosseum, which owner Diego Della Valle told Condé Nast Traveler was a privilege: "As soon as I heard they were looking for a sponsor, I couldn’t do anything other than put myself forward. Businesses which are lucky enough to do well should give back a little bit of positivity to their country."

During ancient Roman times, the "plebeian" levels were considered the cheap seats since they were the farthest from the action on the ground floor. But today, the panoramic views they offer of the 171-foot-high stadium and the rest of Rome beyond are simply unparalleled.

With reporting from the Associated Press

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