The Island of Gaiola (Isola della Gaiola) looks beautiful and serene. However it has a gloomy history and the locals feel that the island is jinxed as many past owners of the sole villa on the island had faced misfortunes and/or met with unnatural death. The villa now lies abandoned.
At the height of Rome’s power the Coliseum represented everything that was Imperial to the citizens of Rome. Gladiators would fight to the death here for the amusement of Caesar and the mobs; thousands of prisoners of war and victims of religious persecution met their end in the jaws of lions and tigers in the sandy arena of the Coliseum; and even those animals were decimated, for in its time the Coliseum consumed tens of thousands of animals,