Monday, 16 September 2019

Rome: Colosseum & Ancient City

Day two was the one we had already planned prior to arriving in Rome and if you go, I definitely recommend booking a trip to the Colosseum online or in advance because the queues can be hours long.

I was really looking forward to visiting because even though I'd say I am quite well travelled, this is the first 'wonder of the world' which I've been able to tick off. We had a guided tour of the Colosseum, ancient city and Palentine Hill which was roughly £30 each but worth it just to know about the history because otherwise you are just looking at architecture with no meaning. 

I used to read the horrible history comics when I was a kid and the Romans (and Tudors) were always   my favourite so it was pretty cool to see what they had created in real life. Not that I like complaining, it was pretty hot so standing in the heat for too long was a bit much.

We then went over to the ancient city, which apparently only 30% of tourists visit purely because they don't know about it. I know were told so much about who built what, which emperor requested what but it was so hot that shade is mostly what we were after. The city was so amazing to look at though and we walked all the way up to the top of Palentine hill to get a full view of it all.

We mostly just chilled out in the afternoon, after again walking 8 miles which was tough in the heat. We could have got the metro which is cheap enough but you get to see so much more of the City when you are on foot. Plus we must have saved a fair bit..

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