Lions, Tigers, and... Ostriches?!

Meet the Beasts of the Colosseum

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Come and join Guido La Guida on a Roman holiday. Discover the Ancient Roman architectural wonder that is the Colosseum.

Marvel at its retractable roof, and the arena floor with its underground cages.

Find out what beasts the Romans brought to the amphitheatre, the types of gladiators that used to fight there, and what shows were performed at the Colosseum. And even learn some Roman numerals too.

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Lions, Tigers and... Ostriches?!

Meet the Beasts of the Colosseum

Richard Bowen


has lived in Rome for nearly 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Humanities degree from Middlesex University and a Master in Arts history degree specialising in mediaeval and 20th century history from University College London. Over the years, Richard has led tours to many different sites in Rome and its environs and is particularly fond of Ostia Antica, Tivoli and the ancient Roman sites including the Baths of Caracalla, Trajan's Market and the Ara Pacis. Additionally, Richard, who has also worked for Smart History, likes to get off the "beaten path" leading tours to the areas of Trastevere and the Park of the Aqueducts. Richard is more than happy to guide tours about the Unification of Italy and the defence of the Roman Republic of 1849, and the rise of Italian Fascism. Equally, our (sometimes) favourite Englishman has no objection to being banished to Cerveteri, Tarquinia or Castel Gandolfo for the day.