Anne & Tom Visit Italy travel blog

Our first look at the Colosseum

A funny thing happened on our way to the Forum: we met...

The Forum columns

Simon our guide


Julius Ceasar's grave



The home of the vestal virgins



Chain marks when they tried to sack this building

Erosion caused this cameo

These bronze doors were not stolen during the sacking

Another arch - they loved praising themselves!

Dipiction of the crushing of the Jews which was used as an...


Entering the Colosseum

A panoramic picture of the Colosseum


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A cross symbolizing the thousands of Christians slaughtered in the Colosseum



Our final view today

On our way to the Spanish Steps

In the Metro

The Spanish Steps



The fountain at the base of the Spanish Steps

The Trevi Fountain

A big shopping mall





Chocolate all the way

The Pantheon at sunset

A giant fountain

Origins of rivers fountain




This morning we set out early for a tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum with "Angel Tours". Our guide, Simon, was from Denmark and speaks excellent English. The Forum looks like a jumble of pillars, parts of things, and seems quite crowded - in fact, everything in Rome feels that way! Without a guide, or at least a guidebook, I don't think it would make amy sense, but Simon made sense of it all and had a book (which we bought later from a vendor) with overlays of the current ruins showing what it used to look like. Each emperor seemed to want to do his own thing, and so the entire Forum kept growing so that there are more Forums further on that we did not see. We went on to the Colosseum which really is incredible.

After that we went back to our room to take a nap in preparation for the evening tour. I have never seen an electronic "do not disturb sign" but this hotel has one which we finally now understand!

The evening tour (also an Angel Tour) started at the Spanish Steps and was meant to take us walking through the heart of Rome. We would wind through some narrow streets and suddenly arrive at a major sight jammed right in with everything else, like the Pantheon or the Trevi Fountain. The contrast was quite disconcerting. The tour ended at Campo di Fiori where the two us had dinner and then took a taxi back to the hotel.

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