A never before seen area of Rome’s mighty Colosseum, its subterranean levels, are now open to the public. It has often been described as the heart of the building. This area was called the hypogea and was were gladiators and animals waited to go into combat.
This isn’t just the first time in 2,000 years this area has been open to the public, this is the first time its ever been open to the public.
Now tourists can walk through the passageways on wooden platforms to see the corridors and archways that connected the hypogea between the rooms where gladiators and animals waited before they entered elevators which would bring them into the arena above.
In ancient Rome the hypogea was lighted by candlelight. However now with the arena’s original ground level long gone, you can see the hypogea from the upper levels and the sun shines down into its depths.
The restoration a joint project between the Italy’s Ministry of Culture and Italian fashion brand Tod’s.