Notes on the Geography of Italy: Classical Rome 1: Photo 11
The north side is slightly more intact, though still heavily mined. Entry is tightly regulated--and not cheap--but that's new: a century ago the arena was open round the clock. A moonlit visit would have been especially atmospheric in the 18th century, when the amphitheater was heavily overgrown. Richard Deakins' Flora of the Colosseum (1855) counted 420 species. They were all removed in 1871.
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