The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

The Colosseum or Flavian Amphitheatre in origin, is a huge oval amphitheater in the center of the city of Rome, between the Esquiline and Celio, the largest ever built in the empire; one of the greatest works of Roman architecture. It was built between 70 and 80 AD. JC. He was used to fighting wildlife, gladiatorial combats, death row executions, re-enactments of famous battles and dramas based on Classical mythology, which could accommodate between 50,000 and 75,000 spectators. It stopped being used in the early Middle Ages but it had other uses such as housing, artisan workshops, the seat of a religious order, a fortress, a quarry and a Christian Catholic shrine. Schools of gladiators and other outbuildings were built nearby. He suffered several earthquakes that caused the partial destruction of some walls and its stones were reused to build other buildings like churches or palaces. The surviving part of the outer wall of the monumental façade consists of three levels of overlapping arches topped by a platform on which there is an attic with tall windows at regular intervals and there are also 31 arches of the outer ring which has remained intact. Each level has 80 arches framed by half-columns and the attic is decorated with pilasters. The arena measures 83 × 48 m and its floor was covered with sand wood which avoided fighters to slip easily absorbed bloodshed and could be quickly replaced.

Tips

The first Sunday of each month, the entrance is free. The ticket includes admission to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine. It is valid for 2 days. The price is reduced for people in the European Union between 18 and 24, and for EU teachers.

The Breakers, Newport, Vermont, United States

The Breakers is the grandest of Newport’s summer cottages and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence. Cornelius Vanderbilt II bought a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport in 1885, some years later he asked architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa and replace the framed house which had been destoyed by fire a year before. He built a 70 room house, in Renaissance Italian style inspired in 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. He had important collaborators from different countries. Gladys, the youngest daughter of the family inherited the house. She opened the house to the public in 1948 to raise funds for The Preservation Society of Newport County, in 1972 the association bought the house and designed it as a National Historic Landmark. We also found a stable and carriage house about half a mile from the house.
Tips
You can buy the tickets on line before your visit; you’ll find different combinations to save many if you take more than a visit for different houses.
You can have an audio guided visit too.
There’s also a shop to buy souvenirs.

Mural Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Mural Festival is an event that takes place in Montreal in June since 2012. It is an art expression that met American artists who make urban art. This expands on the Boulevard St- Laurent ( street that separates the city of Montreal in two (east-west) between Sherbrooke Street and St. Joseph Boulevard. You can meet real-time artists and watch how they perform their art at the same time there are music shows, conferences, gourmet places with different terraces to eat in the area and even other activities that change day by day. There are both day and night activities.

Tips

To better enjoy this event, visit their website for a schedule. There are some activities or shows you must pay like guided tours, concerts, etc, but to walk in the street and see the creations, there is no ticket to buy.

June, 7th to June, 17th 2018