Colluseum and Roman Ruins

Trip Start Nov 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2011

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Monday, August 15, 2011

   Our plan for the day was to visit the Coluseum and Palentine Hill. It was a quick 15min walk from our hotel and when we arrived it was nice to see that the line wasn't too long and it was shaded by the Coluseum so we were out of the sun. We only had to wait for around 20-30 minutes max, which was way better than 2 1/2 hours at the catacombs in Paris with no shade. When we emerged into the sunlight on the inside we were blown away by how massive it was and how many people it could've held. It was cool to see all of the underground passages and cells below the arena that they used for transporting slaves, animals and gladiators. We walked around the outside ring of the arena getting the full 360 degree view. After walking around the full circle on the lower floor as well, and almost dying from the sun straight above us, we stopped in the shade and took some shots of us sitting on collapsed pillars.

  When we left the Coluseum we took more pictures of the exterior before heading towards the entrance to Palentine Hill. We waited in that line for 15-20 minutes , thankfully we already had tickets (the Colluseum tickets include Palentine Hill and vice versa) so it was a shorter wait than people who didn't and there was no shade and the sun was out in full force so we really wouldn't have wanted to stand in the longer line. So despite what people say about going to Palentine Hill to get your ticket to skip the queues at the Colluseum we think it should be the other way around since the Colluseum queue is shaded and moves pretty quickly.

  Walking through the ruins that once housed the Roman Forum and the Great Colossus statue was pretty cool but it would have been awesome to see it 2000 years ago before it had all mostly crumbled down and before the looters came and took all the marble and decorative pieces throughout. How people were able to build buildings like that so long ago is astonishing.

 By the end of wandering around Palentine Hill and the ruins we were absolutely wiped from how hot the sun was beating down on us and so we made our way back to our hotel room completely exhausted and needing water and air conditioning!  We had a nap, cooled off and read for a while in the room to reenergize ourselves.

 Later we went down to the lobby to use the internet to Skype Luke and Amanda and baby Olivia so we could see her again and also get a bit of a tour around their new house. As always it was awesome to see them again and, as they say, not getting to actually see Olivia in person is definately making it harder to stay away, but we'll just have to keep on skyping them regularly till we get back.
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