Europe's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions

The new European Grand Tour counts museums, ancient ruins, churches, and some surprises.

No. 7 Colosseum, Rome

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Annual Visitors: 6.9 million

When completed in A.D. 80, the arena held 50,000 spectators who watched mythology-based dramas and reenactments of land and sea battles as well as executions, fights-to-the-death among gladiators, and the ghastly slaughter of wild animals. The underground pits where those gladiators awaited their demise were opened to visitors in 2010 along with the 110-foot-high upper ring of seats, which offer panoramic views of the Eternal City. —April Orcutt

Source: Italian wire service ANSA

Europe's Most-Visited Tourist Attractions

No. 7 Colosseum, Rome

Annual Visitors: 6.9 million

When completed in A.D. 80, the arena held 50,000 spectators who watched mythology-based dramas and reenactments of land and sea battles as well as executions, fights-to-the-death among gladiators, and the ghastly slaughter of wild animals. The underground pits where those gladiators awaited their demise were opened to visitors in 2010 along with the 110-foot-high upper ring of seats, which offer panoramic views of the Eternal City. —April Orcutt

Source: Italian wire service ANSA

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