Just in time for the holidays, the Colosseum’s quinto ordine, or top fifth floor, has been renovated and finally opened to the public in early November.
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Earlier this month, while Americans were home preparing their Thanksgiving feasts, the mayor of Rome unveiled an archeological site of momentous importance. After six years of excavation work, the “Circus Maximus” was re-opened to the public on November 16, 2016.
Whether it was decentralizing power in the church, easing its stance on divorce, pushing for radical action on climate change, or meeting with members of the gay community, Pope Francis is not one to stick to tradition.
And whether you’ve been before or you just need a little break from the heaping crowds collectively craning their necks to gaze at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, these unusual things to do in Rome let your see the ancient city in a brand new light.