eurotrip: part IX

This was our last day in Rome before we leave for London at night! So sad, and our time here was shortened because of the transportation strike. Boo. We made the best of it, and tried to do everything we had on our agenda.

On our way to the Colosseum we stopped at a fast food type pizza joint. It was amazing because they sold pizzas by their weight here! Interesting, right? I got minis to try a little bit of everything. It was extremely oily, but nevertheless delicious. The crust was buttery crunchy and not bland tasting at all; I hate crust that lacks taste.

When we got to the Colosseum, we got to skip the lines since we had purchased the tickets ahead of time online. My brother and wife had told me they thought it was smaller in person than what they had seen on television, but in my opinion I thought it was pretty large! It’s just so amazing how much history is behind this Roman architecture. Its constructed started in 72 AD and it was completed in 80 AD. It was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles and dramas based on Classical mythology.

On our way out of the Colosseum, we passed by an excavation site which was mostly populated with female workers. Just an analysis. I really admire them since it was blazing hot outside, and I was sweating just standing in the heat!

Standing above the Roman Forum is Palatine Hill, the centermost of the famous seven hills of Rome. The hill was a strong link to Roman mythology.

Just east of the Colosseum is the Roman Forum. For several centuries, this was the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections, venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches.

Roman Forum/Palatine Hill/Colosseum
Guided tours: daily 8:30am-7pm
Roman Forum opens 9am–6.30pm Mon-Sat | €12
Colosseum opens 8:30 am–7 pm

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