Marco e Laura Bed & Breakfast
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... heard the guide talking about an arch on our headsets. We were unable to see her, but was in range. Theirs was the arch at the entrance to the roman forum. We ran up top. You have to pay I think as there was a long line. I said to Athena I am going to run up to the front of the line see if they will let us thru the gate as we had our holy headsets on. I saw our group and guide on the other side of the gate and yelled 'scusi' to ...
... for the charitable work I've done. I find a yellow rock on the ground, I put it in my wallet, it acts as my sheriff's badge, this is my campsite now!
Once people return we head off for a beer, chatting to Eduardo and Leon we hear all about what it's like applying to be a Topdeck driver or Guide. The initiation sounds very difficult on both sides, memorising routes, lots of jotting down notes, praying you don't **** up and no partying whatsoever. In all, ...
... of our time in the Colosseum.
As we walked down some well-worn steps to the hypogeum I was suddenly struck by the significance of these steps.
They have been here for 2000 years. We don't have any buildings in Australia more than 200 years old.
The movies we've watched about gladiators were made about people who walked down these steps 2000 years ago - and now I'm standing here! It was a real "WOW" moment.
After the tour, we were free to wander the general ...
... the Flavian Ampitheatre - for branding rights :)
Anyway, we finally motivated the kids and went in, the line for tickets weren't too bad, and it is a very impressive place, have fallen down or not. The scale of the stones used to construct this, the weight of the stones 3 layers high, the labyrinth of basements below. Seriously clever and ingenious architecture, we have seen a few amphitheaters in France and Italy, they had this technology down pat. Touche!
Yup. We're ready to leave Rome...
Don't get me wrong, it's been great, but we're satiated. I know lots of people spend a full week here, but we're ready to move on.
Today was good, but less fruitful. The sites we saw were small and many were under renovation/restoration for the high-tourist season.
Further, if I get offered one more rose from someone who is actually trying ...