Robert Di Niro has once said, ” Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome “. Nothing super glamorous, everything is very subtle yet nourished with great roman history.
Compare to Paris, Rome is a smaller city and fairly walkable. Historic sites scattered in different parts of the city. You can hardly get lost in the city where signs are clear and full of tourists all year around.
We were super lucky that the weather is extremely sunny during our 2.5 days visit. This gives us the mood to stay a bit longer in the Colosseum, to embrace the imagination of what this would be like nearly 2000 years ago.
Interior of Colosseum
After all these centuries, the main part of the structure still stands firmly. Above is the view you could see if you were equestrians back in 70 A.D. First level is for senators. The hypogeum (basement) of the center stage is not only used as storage for props and cages for gladiators and animals before they start the game; but also used to execute stage effects.
If you need some help with your imagination, the movie Gladiator will give you full sense of the glory days of the Colosseum and the Roman Empire.
Around Spanish steps
Don’t miss out the freshly made pasta while you are in Rome, especially Carbonara style.
Altare della Patria at Piazza Venezia
All rights reserved. Vatican photo credit to Winny.W