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.
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
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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