Coliseum hotel

Located in the heart of Imperial Rome, Hotel Capo d’Africa is a luxury Rome hotel within walking distance of the Coliseum, situated right between the Roman Forum and the Domus Aurea. The Anfiteatro Flavio, known throughout the world, the Coliseum is symbolic of the city of Rome. It is 50 meters high, 86 meters long and 54 meters wide, distributed on a structure of elliptic form. It was built under the rule of the Emperor Vespasiano on an artificial lake in 79 A.D. The Coliseum was inaugurated by Tito and became the theatre of frighteningly cruel games, in which gladiators fought each other and lions were let loose on human beings who were destined to be mauled to death. In the lower part of the Coliseum one can see the underground passages and the tunnels where the lions were kept. The Coliseum was later used as a source of materials for building works. Near to the Coliseum one finds Costantino’s Arch which has to be the best example of the ‘recycling’ carried out during the crisis of the Massenzio Empire in 312 A.D. The Domus Area, once the residential quarters of Nerone which were built after the terrible fire of 64 A.D., is close by in the Colle Oppio Park. This 4 star Rome hotel boasts a contemporary interior design and combines state-of-the-art business facilities with modern elegance – perfect for discerning travellers in the Eternal City. The immediate area is rich in tiny art galleries exhibiting the work of young local artists; at least three venues are within two blocks of the hotel. On via dei SS. Quattro behind the hotel are a number of family-run trattoriaãmany apparently untouched by the commercial demands of the areaãas well as an old-fashioned chocolatier and an antiquarian bookstore. The glass-topped, black-marble Centrum Bar serves light meals, snacks, and cocktails, as well as 31 brands of whiskey and four brands of Cuban cigars. Drinks and a light, a la carte menu are also served on the two roof-top terraces, open year-round. One offers views of the Coliseum; the other, lined with lemon trees, olive trees, and rambling roses, overlooks the SS. Quattro Coronati Church.