Every time I fly in or out of Rome, I try to spot the Colosseum from above.
And I will absolutely go out of way to walk by the Colosseum, even after living in Rome for all these years.
I will even climb the Vittoriano in the sweltering heat, just for a different view of the monument (… and a coffee).
I love views OF the Colosseum, but it turns out that the view FROM the Colosseum is also pret-ty solid.
As you walk through the outer ring of the Colosseum, you will catch a glimpse of Monti and Colle Oppio through the arches.
I can’t imagine what it would be like to live in one of these apartments, overlooking ancient Rome’s most iconic ruins.
And while I love spying on Rome’s skyline, the more impressive view requires a climb to the third level terrace.
From there, the Roman Forum spreads out beneath you.
You can see the Palatine Hill just beyond.
And the Arch of Constantine has never looked better.
This bird’s eye view of Rome is exclusive. You will have the terrace all to yourself, which is pretty amazing.
Access is only possible through authorized tour operators, like Through Eternity. I was lucky enough to join the Colosseum Underground Tour, which includes a visit to this terrace and these gorgeous views.