A Look Inside the Colosseum
Last October we spent 1 of our 5 days in Rome exploring the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. As a traveler and adventurer, it was a pretty awesome day. As a history professor, it was one of the best days of my life (fun fact, I am also a history professor). We spent hours walking, gawking, and snapping countless pictures. To stand in front of a building of this magnitude that is thousands of years old, is truly awe-inspiring. When you visit Rome, I recommend devoting at least one day to explore the ruins and the history of the Eternal City.
I am currently finishing a full account of our time in Rome, including restaurants, hotel reviews, and trip itineraries. But for now, I'd like to take you on a short photo tour of the Colosseum. And be on the lookout for Part 2 of this post, a photo tour of the Roman Forum.
Standing in front of the Colosseum for the first time. I love the variations of color in the stone, the beautiful architecture, and the details in the design.
Into the Colosseum...
Next up, a few angles of the Colosseum that I found particularly interesting. We spent several hours walking around, taking pictures, reading the descriptions, and just soaking it all in. The architecture is beautiful and the history is amazing, but thinking about the brutal violence and savagery that went on here was a bit overwhelming for me.
I love this next photo for several reasons. (1) The sky was so blue and gorgeous that day. (2) You can see the cross to the left and the seats ahead, along with the marble lining the top. And (3) you can see the passageways and underground chambers in the sub-level. This part is not open to the general public; you have to signup for a separate tour and those need to be booked in advance. Our Rome trip was arranged last minute, so we missed out; next time we will definitely take the separate tour.
And finally, an obligatory selfie of yours truly and the husband :)
Not really sure how this ended up being the only quasi-decent photo of us at the Colosseum. That's what happens when you are too busy taking pictures of other stuff! Oh well, we still have to come back to do the underground tour. Must remember to take awesome selfie.
Have you visited the Colosseum? What did you think? Did you do the underground tour?
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