First Look at the Colosseum’s Deadly New Machine

Archaeologists have recreated a deadly lift used for transporting animals into the Colosseum. It’s a little known fact that animals were also released into the arena and some species came close to extinction as a result. We were invited to a first look at the Colosseum’s new machine by The Roman Guy, an expert tour operator, to the first public opening day, together with a tour of Palatine Hill and The Forum.

  • I am really amazed it how it was built!! Wow the hard work

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  • Angie SilverSpoon

    The Colosseum is such an incredible structure isn’t it? The Romans were very clever 🙂

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • Great shots! Took me right back to Rome, we took the same tour 😉

    Naomi in Wonderland

    • It was great wasn’t it! We were so lucky to be on the first day of the new lift feature

  • Catherine Lux

    Rome just amazes me in every way. It’s such a magical place, every way you turn there’s something absolutely fascinating to see!

    C x | Lux Life

    • I know, even churches that look quite basic from the outside are a treasure trove inside!

  • Kelly M

    Such a wonderful post. How awesome this must have been to see such rich history and culture live and in person. Looks like you really enjoyed your time. I have GOT to get over to Rome, can you believe I have only been to Northern Italy? A true shame!

    XO K

    • Northern Italy has its charms as well, I must write up a blog post about travelling there. Hope you get to visit Rome soon

  • Angela Donava

    Fantastic pictures!

    Have a nice evening!

    Angela Donava

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Wow! I’ve heard great things about The Roman Guy and I’d love to take one of his tours next time I’m in Rome. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy travels 🙂

    • Yes we didn’t meet a Roman Guy but we did meet several of their female tour guides 😉

  • Interesting recap, great pics!!!
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  • Wow, this tour looks amazing…such interesting historical places!

    • Yes the tour took us to some really fascinating places and our guide really made the history come to life

  • Alejandra Ramirez

    Amaizing place!


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  • I’ve been in Rome a few years ago, but can’t remember seeing the animal lift at the Colosseum. Very sad to realize that so many animals died together with those slaves.

    • I know, it’s tragic for the animals and the slaves. The animal lift had just opened the day we visited and it’s part of the restricted access tour, they recreated it for a documentary

  • love&limoncello

    Another Rome teaser. Great post Suze. Really most get to Rome sharpish. xx

  • Wow, I would love to see the colosseum


    • I hope that you get the chance one day, Laura. I can just see one of your cool outfit shots there

  • Wow the place looks amazing.

    I want to go there soon 🙂

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  • Such an interesting post, Suze! I’ve really got to visit Rome – it looks like such a wonderful city!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

    • Thanks Lauren, there’s so much to see – just try to go when it’s a bit less hot!

  • the italian glam

    Roma will always be the Ethernal city….

    great shots, my dear, amazing places





    • It wears it’s nickname, the eternal city, very well! Glad you liked the photos, love your style inspiration

  • Roma is such a beautiful city. I just relived my visit. Lovely captures indeed

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  • welovefur

    Wow! What a interesting post
    Thanks for sharing

    • Thank you, I have to admit that I hate real fur but I like your non fur related posts

  • How exciting you were invited to the first public opening showing this lift – and that you accessed areas prohibited since the 1970s, what an experience! It’s perfect timing that you’ve mentioned Rome, as I’m visiting the place next week and thanks to this sunny post, I’m even more excited now (if that were even possible!) 🙂

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    • Have an amazing time Gabrielle and I’ll look forward to reading your posts about it when you get back!

  • How cool you got to see this- although I’m certainly glad they don’t slaughter animals (or people!) in the Colosseum anymore!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • It’s such a majestic place, shame to think that so many people and animals were killed there when they could have used it for so many better things

  • Marinella Rauso

    You took such beautiful photos dear. Everything looks so charming and in bold colors. I know Rome is my city, but everytime I see it in someone’s eyes is a strong emotions. It seemed you liked it.
    p.s. It’s so cool you’ve pinned on eof my photos…I’m going to check it out

    • It’s interesting for me to see London in other peoples’ eyes too. I really like your photos so it was natural to pin one!

  • Pinay Flying High

    I have always been fascinated of the Colosseum – how it was built during that time and the magnificent architecture itself. But it somehow scares me too to know what it was used for during those days.
    Sounds like a really great and unique tour. Lucky you! 🙂

    • It was a surprise to find out about the animals, poor things. We were very lucky to have such a great tour

  • When I saw this for the first time in real life I felt so sad for all the people who lost their lives there! I do think it’s amazing what kind of architecture that people in the ancient days were able to accomplish though!

    Heba xx The Heba

    • Yes I felt sad for the people and the animals. Quite incredible what the Romans managed to build

  • Corinne C

    Wow, how amazing is that! You’re so luck to get to visit this and see the parts you did. It looks and sounds stunning.

    Corinne x

    • I know, it was amazing and it’s something I’ll never forget

  • Appreciated your use of the plural for hippopotamus! I loved my trip to the coliseum so I would have really loved this! So cool you know so much about it too – really interesting 🙂

    • I had to check it was hippopotami! There’s so much more that I’d love to find out about the Colosseum

  • I never went inside the colosseum, I wish I had. I suppose it’s an excuse to return to Rome! Also, who would want to fight a giraffe?! (Or rather, watch it). Unless they got them to fight other giraffes because that’s quite interesting, but still weird…

    • I know, those poor giraffes! Apparently the emperor used to pit female gladiators against dwarves too – I’m not making this up. You can see where the inspiration for Game of Thrones came from

  • Audrey Adair

    This is such an interesting story. We went to Rome in May and visited the Colosseum. Such an amazing piece of history. So hard to believe how many lives were lost for the sake of entertainment there.

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    • It’s a sad thought isn’t it, if only they had used it for good rather than for killing

  • This brings back so many memories, what a great post. Although I really wish I’d know about this tour before I went, I would have loved to have gone in the restricted areas, what a treat for you! X Jersey Girl x

  • Lucy

    The architecture is breathtaking, I especially love your picture with the seagull squawking. This post made me reminisce about our own visit. I am glad that you had such a wonderful time and the behind the scenes looks equally as wonderful Lucy x

    • That seagull did a fair bit of sqwaking, think he got lost on the way to the sea 😉

  • I was last in Rome in 2008 and was SO happy I jumped on one of the Colosseum tours–otherwise I would have been totally lost in all that history!

    • It’s a brilliant time saver isn’t it, plus they do all the research for you!

  • It’s horrible to think how many animals (and humans) lost their lives in such horrible ways in the Colosseum. Our last visit to Rome was too many years ago – your post has piqued our interest again :-).

    • I hope that you get to visit again soon, Janice and George!

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