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Historic Rome - 8 hours of walking and it was hot

Set off at 9am to explore the ancient ruins of the eternal city. Beautiful blue skies and a hot 31 degrees. Hard to believe how old and how much history has happened here.

We headed first to the Colosseum which took us about 20 minute to walk there. There are no high-rise buildings in Rome - nothing is hugger than the dome of St Peters Basilica. The roads are busy but not crazy like I expected ( must have spent too much time in Asian cities for this to feel crazy!!)

Lots of people selling tours out the front and saying you get in quicker to avoid the lines. We decided to just do it ourselves and the lines were not too bad and it cost us 12 euro each and also included entry into Palatine Hill and the Forum

It was built in AD 72 for an entertainment venue for gladiator fights and fights against wild animals. It could hold 50,000 people and even had retractable sails to keep the sun off them. It was amazing to look over . A lot of it is missing because in the middle ages they moved lots of the stones to be used in building other buildings. They have put in a sand covered floor to show how it would have looked like and left the other half uncovered. In the uncovered part you could see below the floor where they would have kept the prisoners and animals. They also had sets that would rise into the arena and the animals also came up this way. After completion they had 100 days of celebration that saw 2000 people & 9000 animals killed ( hippopotami, tigers, lions, crocodiles etc). This is one of the descendants of the panthers still here today in the Colloseum.

The arch of Constantine stands between the Colosseum and the forum and was built by Emperor Constantine to commemorate a military win and the legalization of Christianity.His mother and sister were Christians and he saw a vision that he would win this battle under the sign of across. This was in 312 AD & he then legalized Christianity

Forum is ancient Rome's birthplace & civic centre it is in ruins with columns and walls

Temple of Saturn – templo do saturno arches dedicated in 497 BC to the god of chaos and disorder

Palatine Hill is the hill overlooking the forum and Circus Maximus ( chariot racing held here) and was home of the emperors & today has the remains of the palaces

Mamertine prison -this 2500 year old cistern Iike prison once held the bodies of Paul and Peter. Paul was beheaded in Rome and Peter crucified upside down Not a big prison and only used for politically important prisoners. They were dropped through a hole in the floor. We watched some DVD's about that time....very moving

Capitoline Hill – home of the ancient Temple of Jupiter and the centre of government for 2500 years

The piazza on top called the Campidoglio

Church with 125 stairs up to it and we went down after checking out the view from a terrace

Had lunch in a park opposite the Victor Emmanuel monument built on 1800's and looks like a big white wedding cake. It is 500 feet wide and 200 foot high

The area around the Pantheon has the urban village feel with narrow alleys and lanes, opening on to piazzas a with fountains and sculptures

Pantheon – built 200 years ago and ordered by Agrippa that Paul pleaded his case beforeBig dome

Trevi Fountain - this was beautiful but soooo crowded!

Piazza Navonna – beautiful fountain and sculpture You need never get thirsty in Rome with fountains everywhere to fill up your water bottles from ancient springs and aqueducts

Ended up by the poor sad neglected river Tiber and walked alongside it before heading in to the Spanish steps piazza area. Walked back to the hostel and got the shoes off our poor weary feet at 5.30pm and went out to our local for some cold drinks to revive us. Mum and I ate dinner in the room - cheese and tomatoes on crackers again - yummy and Nath went out to buy himself some dinner at the railway station

City of Rome

City of Rome


City of Rome

City of Rome


First glimpse of Colsseum

First glimpse of Colsseum


It is huge

It is huge


Shows false floor

Shows false floor


Colosseum

Colosseum


Stairs up to tiers

Stairs up to tiers


Nath and I

Nath and I


Flat topped pine trees

Flat topped pine trees


Arch of Constantine

Arch of Constantine


Colosseum

Colosseum


Mum and Nath on other side of Colsseum

Mum and Nath on other side of Colsseum


Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill


Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill


Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill


Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill


Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill


Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill


Forum

Forum


Forum - Temple of Saturnas

Forum - Temple of Saturnas


Looking up to Capitoline Hill

Looking up to Capitoline Hill


Temple of Saturnas

Temple of Saturnas


Forum

Forum


Forum

Forum


Campidoglia

Campidoglia


Piazza Campidoglia

Piazza Campidoglia


Huge sculpture

Huge sculpture


Back of Vittoria Emmanuelle Monument

Back of Vittoria Emmanuelle Monument


Campidoglia PIazza - Michelangelos stairs

Campidoglia PIazza - Michelangelos stairs


Water spouting sculpture

Water spouting sculpture


125 steps up to church

125 steps up to church


View from terrace of Victor Emmanuel Monument

View from terrace of Victor Emmanuel Monument


View

View


View

View


Vittoria Emmanelle monument

Vittoria Emmanelle monument


Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain


Mum at Trevi Fountain

Mum at Trevi Fountain


Crowds at Trevi Fountain

Crowds at Trevi Fountain


Colloseum made of bread in a bakery

Colloseum made of bread in a bakery


Loal pizza man having a smoke

Loal pizza man having a smoke


Piano Accordian man

Piano Accordian man


Sculpture

Sculpture


Pantheon with name of Agrippa

Pantheon with name of Agrippa


River Tiber

River Tiber


Shady trees along side the river

Shady trees along side the river


Spanish steps

Spanish steps


Filling up water bottle in fountain  in PIazza

Filling up water bottle in fountain in PIazza


Our room

Our room


Garden at hostel

Garden at hostel


Front of our Hostel

Front of our Hostel


How close we are to train station

How close we are to train station


Present day descendant of  Fighting animals

Present day descendant of Fighting animals

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Italy

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