So – after a short break in coverage – this evening’s blogpost returns to our trip to Rome. The Sunday of our trip saw us making our way from the Piazza Venezia, with it imposing Palazzo, towards the Colosseum.
The approach to the Colosseum is an event in itself, dominated by statuary and ancient archaeological sites that serve as a superb appetiser for the main event.
And then, you turn the corner and you are greeted by the sight that is synonymous with Rome :
A quick couple of ‘touristy’ tips at this point. Firstly, book your tickets in advance on the internet. The queue of those seeking to pay on the day was very long, and whilst it was mostly covered and cool, you don’t want to be wasting valuable sight-seeing, shopping, eating or drinking time waiting around. Secondly, the audio guide at the Colosseum is well worth the investment. It allows you to see all the key things at your own pace, and in a way that means you can avoid arriving at the main vantage points at the same time as the latest coach-full of visitors from the most recently-arrived cruise ship! We spent a good three hours in the Colosseum itself, and it was brilliant. As an added bonus, the views out from the amphitheatre were as good as those within it.
Following a well-earned lunch (a superb cheese and ham panini from one of the authorised street food vendors found throughout the Italian capital – they also provided life-saving frozen water throughout our stay!), we made our way to the Forum – the oldest part of the Roman capital and literally saturated in history.
We had an absolutely fantastic day absorbed in the ancient history of the city, and it was two very happy, but totally exhausted explorers who returned to the hotel that evening.