Rome 2 – Colosseum and Forum

Continuing on from my last post and of course we had to hit up the main sights of Rome! We organised a tour of the Colosseum and I’d 100% recommend it. Getting private access and also an understanding of the stories and facts as you go round is so useful. I can’t imagine going on my own and trying to figure everything out. The tour was a few hours but takes you to otherwise unaccessible points including the underground section where the gladiators themselves, cargo and animals would wait/be held. You also go to a high point up in the stands of the stadium where you can look down and get a really grand view of the whole arena. The Colosseum is one of those iconic landmarks everyone knows, so why brush past it when visiting? Take the time and really invest in it – you won’t regret it.

As you can see I was stupidly excited to be that high haha. From there we walked through the Roman Forum towards the centre of town. This place is enormous so dedicate a few hours to wandering around. As we were on a guide our pace was pretty steady but I can imagine exploring on my own and wanting to see every nook and cranny. It is a huge, rectangular plaza with all the ruins of the buildings that used to populate it. Some are decrepit but others are in rather good shape and you can physically go inside. The Forum sits just under Palatine Hill which is a lovely, green space to explore. Circus Maximus is there and used to be the old racing track. Now I think it’s a park but you can just about make out where they used to race. There’s a museum inside the vicinity, amazing basilicas with unbelievable wall art that’s still intact and of course the Temple of Caesar.

I’ll leave you with this cheeky face I found in the Colosseum. Rome is a beautiful city and perfect for a weekend away (or part of a fortnight if you fancy an Italy exploration). The mix of lovely people, tasty food and history makes it a powerhouse spot.

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