The road towards the slaughterhouse
The construction of Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman empire, was initialized in AD 72 and named from a giant statue of Nero nearby. About 500 000 people and over a million animals died in the games. Mussolini wanted to see the place from his office in Piazza Venezia and impress on his dictator buddies, so he made this wide road crossing the ancient heart of Rome, tearing down ancient churches, palaces and forums in the process.
[Crossing the Via Fori Imperiali, with Colosseum in the distance]