The Colosseum – Day 7

Date: 15th August 2014

What We Did: Today was the ultimate day of touristy things. Our first stop was The Colosseum, we stopped on the way in a bakery to grab pastries for breakfast. We left the room early in hope to beat the crowds and we already had our tickets so could walk straight in. This was helpful as it was already getting busy. We decided to get an audio guide which was great and told lots of facts about The Colosseum. It was so hot inside, which was magnified by all the stone and concrete.

It took a good 3 hours to walk around the whole of The Colosseum and see the small exhibits within. You do not expect it to look as big as it does inside and it’s amazing that it is still standing. At one point of the walk you can see the tunnels and rooms below the main floor, this is where the animals and gladiators would await their fight. This was a major thing ticked off the bucket list.

It was around lunch time when we left and headed back to town. It takes about 20-30 minutes to walk to The Colosseum from the centre. We walked back into town looking into the Roman Forum on the way past.

We decided to try a restaurant by our hotel called Antica Osteria Brunetti. This place was amazing for food and the best we have tasted since being in Italy.

We then walked to the Trevi Fountain to throw a coin in and make a wish. Little disappointing that it was under construction so you had to throw your coin into a smaller pool of water. There was a lot of workers and noise coming from the back of the fountain, which spoiled the mood a little!

The next stop was the Pantheon which is a Church in the centre of Rome. It is a huge building with all the pillars on the outside, makes it look really grand. What is amazing is when inside the dome looks huge, however you cannot see the dome from the outside of the building. Once inside the feature that we looked at the longest was the hole in the roof letting a beam of light in. The hole in the roof is the only light within the church. I think I stood and looked up in awe the whole time I was inside, wondering what happens when it rains and how the dome stays up.

Food and Drink:

Late Lunch at Antica Osteria Brunetti where we shared a bottle of wine and we both had a pasta dish. It was seriously yummy! It was a little off the tourist path as well. You know a good place when you have to ask if they have a menu in English.

The Highs: We really enjoyed looking in the Pantheon. I think it took us by surprise on how long we needed to stay and look around. It is in the middle of small streets and then all of a sudden there is this huge Church.

The Lows: The price of things in Italy are starting to sting. We are currently running low on funds! Hopefully we get through the next two days!

Up Next: Vatican City

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