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Colosseum cheap seats will take Roman holidays to a whole new level

In the cheap seats: A view of the ancient Colosseum as seen from the topmost level PICTURE: AP

VISITORS to Rome’s Colosseum can now enjoy even more of the ancient amphitheatre and the spectacular views it offers of the Eternal City.

Officials on Tuesday showed off the newly restored fourth and fifth levels of the Colosseum, which are opening to the public for guided tours starting on November 1.

Included in the visit is a connecting hallway that has never before been open to tourists.

From a distance: The seats were reserved for the plebs because they were farther away from the spectacle and exposed to Rome’s harsh sun PICTURE: AP

Italy’s culture minister Dario Francheschini was on hand to visit the new levels, which during ancient Roman times were the cheap seats, since they were farthest away from the spectacle.

Today, however, the top two levels of the 52-metre (171-foot) high Colosseum offer priceless views of the stadium itself, as well as the nearby Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the rest of Rome.