Grand Olympic - Aurum Hotel
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... reason the Colosseum (or Flavian Amphitheatre as was originally known) is being restored is because of a private benefactor!!!!! It was all totally amazing and I cannot imagine anything beating it.
We the went to The Palatine where we saw the ruins of the Imperial Palace which was a huge construction and a display of sculptures brought to Rome by Augustus and Nero and various artefacts that have been uncovered all over Rome. As Fabio said, the Italians ...
... Luigi pointed out a picture of a battle scene that showed the pope on a horse with his soldiers winning the battle against the Turkish in Rome. He said that this painting was false in many ways like the location, people present etc. It was more of propaganda to show how good the pope and Christianity is. Pretty funny really. Advertisement has been around for longer than I thought! We moved through the room of maps and just outside St Peters Basilica. Going into St Peters ...
... were allowed no food or water so of course they were pretty angry when they got into the arena. Apparently only 2% of all gladiators survived their 5 years of indenture.
From here we walked to the Forum which was the centre of Roman society and business. Palantine Hill is where Rome started with the story of Romulus and Remus. Back on the bus and had just a short drive (up the street) to the hotel.
We got back to the hotel by 1:30 and had a pizza lunch ...
... though it couldn’t be helped, as so many people had told us how impressive the fountain is) we sauntered back over to our hotel, finding ourselves walking small cobbled streets with frescoes and statues dotted around. It was a lovely bright evening, and this was very enjoyable, though my feet were getting to the point of making me feel sick with every step….never again will I choose style over comfort!!
... of their frames. There is even a darkening of the gilt on the wall, to appear as if a cloud is casting a shadow. The tomb of St. Ignatius is designed with a lot of lapis lazuli—there's a sphere of the stone that is the largest in the world.
The rest of the day was composed of homework, procrastination, and mini naps.