Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Monday, April 1, 2013

I thought Rome was a really fascinating city. Of course, one thing we made sure to visit was the Colosseum. It was there right where we got off the subway, and my first thought was simply "wow." It was really big, used for thousands of gladiator fights in the Roman time. Under the floor of the Colosseum, there were actually two more floors (crumbled away by now) that had many chambers to hold the wild animals and gladiators. They made the fights all very elaborite, sometimes with moving trees and houses. They made up new rules sometimes to make it more exciting. There were even moving stone platforms (that I assume were lifted by ropes and pulleys) that brought the fighters up to the arena. Beforehand, they would ride in chariots to see the crowd. A lot of it sounds very similar to The Hunger Games - I bet some ideas for it were these things that happened in the past.
We walked to the ruins of the Roman Forum and Palentine Hill, which were very near to the Colosseum. Later we decided to do a 4D movie theatre that talked about the history of Rome. We sat in these things that moved around, and some information was interesting but I got pretty bad motion sickness.
Every morning, we had the typical breakfast of sugary pastries. I think we also ate pizza every day we were in Rome. I don't know how the Italians get their daily nutrition just eating all that bread. Well they eat salad sometimes also, and they probably get some fruit from the gelato.
Some more things we visited in Rome were Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon, and a cat sanctuary. The Trevi Fountain was beautiful. It had Roman statues, and there were lights that illuminated the water. The Pantheon was also really cool. It is a big circle building with tons of huge marble columns. It has lots of statues on the inside, and on the top is an open circle hole. There was actually water in the middle of the floor from the rain a few hours before we went there.
I thought it was slightly strange there was a cat sanctuary. I mean, they're just cats. The sanctuary was also right in the spot where Caesar was murdered, and the cats got to walk all around those ruins (it was blocked off to humans though). We were able to go into a low buiding on the side of the ruins, and it had a lot of cats. We each bought a necklace to support the sanctuary.
A yummy place we went to was very famous for its gelato. It was called Gelato di San Crispino. They won't even let you get cones there because it "ruins the flavor." I tried hazelnut and a flavor that I don't exactly remember, but I think it was something ginger and cinnamon. They both ended up being delicious. Soph and my mom both got really good flavors too.
We visited the Vatican City in Rome. Because this is a seperate country (or independent state) I'll have a seperate entry for this.
Some last things we visited were the Spanish Steps and a Leonardo da Vinci museum. We just happened to stumble upon the museum when we were walking around. It was really tiny and just had remakes of some of his inventions. The Spanish Steps are just these really famous steps that are featured in tons of movies. Besides all of these famous things we went to, there were also so many plazas and monuments - too many to count.
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