Our first stop is of course a landmark which is instantly recognised The Colosseum which is close to the main Railway Station Termini.
At the time it was built it was one of the most impressive buildings in the Roman empire. The Colosseum is a massive stone amphitheater commissioned around 70 to 72 AD by a Flavian Dynasty Emperor named Vespasian for the Roman people. This is a place where ancient Romans gathered to see great fights between gladiators, and fights between men and wild beasts.
You can pay for a guided tour and join them as they move around the Colosseum or you can do as I personally prefer and explore on your own with a guide book in hand. Whichever you decide to do it's an amazing experience and an absolute "must see" on the list of what to see in Rome.
The Colosseum measures 188 by 156 meters and has a height of more than 159 feet. When it was built it could accommodate more than 55,000 people who would enter into it through more than 80 entrances. Originally the whole of the Colosseum was clad in marble and contained a number of life-sized statues gracing the arches on the upper floors.
After many centuries of active use, the Colosseum fell into neglect and was used as a source of construction material up until the 18th century. However, the place is a famous tourist destination, even though two-thirds of the total structure have been destroyed over time.
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These are lovely photos Paul and capture Rome beautifully. It is my favourite city with something to see around every corner. Every time of day, has something special. Ty for posting .
Thanks. To appreciate Rome properly you must go slowly and in mindfulness. Stop and think. Drink in the atmosphere of each location. But you know this already!
@frankbeswick thanks for sharing that Frank which I really appreciate and it is so true the longer one is in Rome the more you realise you have yet to discover or to explore fully.
@cmoneyspinner yes they are two of my favourite cities
There is a story told of Rome. The pope, I know not which one, was speaking to three tourists. One said that he was staying a week, to which the Pope said "You will see much of Rome in a week" The second said that he was staying a month, to which the Pope replied, "You will see some of Rome in a month." The third said that he was staying for six months, to which the pope replied, "You will see a little of Rome in six months." The more you know Rome, the more there is to know.
The Sistine chapel is a glory to behold, but the corridor leading to it would take ages to fully appreciate, such is the richness and extent of the art there.
Love Rome! And Paris! :)