Rome was by far our favorite city in Italy. The eternal city went beyond living up to its reputation. It was a living breathing reincarnation of the movie Gladiator, only better! It represented everything we were looking for including history, mystery and romance. We spent three nights in Rome waking up at the crack of dawn and exploring the spectacular city into the wee hours of the night.
We took a guided tour of the incredible Roman Coliseum and were able to actually sit in the seats that Romans sat in to watch ancient battles years go. The Coliseum is one of the most imposing ancient structures. Stunning all white, completely covered in massive travertine stone slabs, the building is magnificent. The amphitheatre could hold up to seventy thousand spectators. The tiers of seats were inclined in such a way as to enable people to get a perfect view from wherever they sat.
In addition to taking a guided tour we woke up at the crack of dawn to take images of the Coliseum during sunrise (two buses and a subway ride later we were there)!
Next stop was the Roman Forum. We took another guided tour of the Forum, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. This three thousand year old site was simply breath taking. It simply boggles our mind thinking about how many people utilized this square to see the meetings of the orators, attend criminal trials and discuss internal politics or the latest military campaigns, or quite simply to comment on the games or running races.
We spent the day sauntering through the ancient grounds and taking in the rich history the culture the city offered. The city is filled with mysteries and stories. We visited numerous churches and temples and could not believe how well preserved everything was. In addition to the Coliseum and the Roman Forum we visited the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square. More pictures and our adventures from Rome on Thursday!