When you think of Rome you inevitably think of the Colosseum. Images of the Ancient civilisation, the Great Empire of Rome and men battling to the death may come to mind. For me it was absolutely incredible how easily I was transported 2000 years back in time as I walked through the monstrous structure. I could picture the now ancient Colosseum filled with jeering crowds taking delight in the entertainment of the day: fatal fights between beasts, men and beasts or men on men, where there could only ever be one survivor. Yes, Khara and I spent our third day in the Eternal City discovering Ancient Rome.
The day began with the enormous Colosseum. When you see the size of this great arena it’s easy to see where it gets its name. It really is colossal! Having purchased our tickets online before we were inside quickly and pressed play on our Rick Steve’s audio guide Colosseum episode (a super tip from one of the girls in our hostel was to download the app Audio Europe by Rick Steve. One can download the episodes while in wi-fi and then listen to them later without any internet connection. He has a really extensive cover of most major places in Europe and all the usual sight seeing spots. Definitely worth it!)
We listened to the incredible history of this building while walking around admiring the countless nooks and crannies of this place, checking out the beautiful view of Rome through the Colosseum’s arches. We got a great view of the ornate and intricate Arch of Constantine before walking over to the Roman Forum.
Rome is most famously known for the Colosseum but I actually found the Roman Forum even more interesting. It’s the area right next to the Colosseum and included in the same ticket price. In my opinion it is definitely worth a visit but can only be fully enjoyed with a good audio guide or guide-book, you otherwise run the risk of not fully understanding the awesome history of the ruins that stand (barely) before you.
From here we walked on to the Palatine Hill. This is a bit of a steep hike up but gives you an amazing panoramic view of the Colosseum. Walking through the ruins and olive groves you really feel like you should be wearing a toga and in the year 100 AD.
This was definitely one of my favourite times in Rome and a perfect way to end off our stay in the Eternal City. That afternoon we took a train heading North up to Florence. Stay tuned for the next post to hear all about our wonderful time in the city that is home to so many great Renaissance artists.