Rome is the most beautiful city, filled with history.
So i’ve just come back from a weekend in Rome, what an experience!
I travelled up on the train Friday evening and had Saturday and Sunday to explore, as well as seeing Italy v France in the Stadio Olimpico’ which was amazing. The weather was beautiful for the whole weekend, the only downside really was trying to stick to Ruby’s routine and fit everything in. I’ve still been feeling really poorly too which is really frustrating.
Friday evening was pretty much used up with travelling and eating and then bed.
We awoke really early, had breakfast at the hotel and then got the metro up to the Colosseum. This was incredible, a 24 hour metro ticket cost 7 euros! and we were only 4 metro stops away from the Colosseum itself, * from walking around Rome and getting the metro, you learn that everything is actually a lot closer than you think!
It seems so crazy to me that you literally step off the metro line and right in front of you is this incredible piece of history, it’s so much bigger than I anticipated it to be. Absolutely incredible. There were so many people here, and lots of tour guides trying to get you to buy tickets and tours from them. Inside the Colosseum you can pay 12 euros for a pass which entitles you to visit Palestine Hill, The Colosseum and The Roman Forum. * All of which are in close proximity to each other.
This amazing piece of History is a massive sone amphitheater and was built around 70-72 AD by the Emperor Vespasian of the Flavian dynasty as a gift to the Roman people.
Measuring some 620 by 513 feet (190 by 155 meters), the Colosseum was the largest amphitheater in the Roman world.
In here 100 days of games, gladiator combats and wild animal fights took place. It was used like this for over four centuries but then unfortunately fell into neglect, but was used as a source of building materials in the 18th century. Over two-thirds of the original Colosseum has been destroyed over time, it definitely remains an attractive piece of history in Rome and a very iconic symbol.
”By the 20th century, a combination of weather, natural disasters, neglect and vandalism had destroyed nearly two-thirds of the original Colosseum, including all of the arena’s marble seats and its decorative elements. Restoration efforts began in the 1990s, and have proceeded over the years, as the Colosseum continues to be a leading attraction for tourists from all over the world.”
After briefly visiting the Colosseum we walked around the ‘Roman Forum’. Another incredible historical site in Rome:
‘The Roman Forum is situated in the area between Piazza Venezia and the Colosseum is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Three thousand years ago, this valley between Campidoglio and the Quirinal, which was to become the future social and political centre of one of the greatest empires of ancient times, was submerged in marshland.’
It was in Caesar‘s time, when Rome has become the capital of a vast empire, that the Forum became a place for celebrations and in the Imperial era it was the symbol of the Empire.
It astonished me that all over Rome, the amount of tourists that walk through all of these sites and whereas in the UK lots of our historical pieces would be carefully looked after behind a glass cabinet etc, in Rome all these ancient artefacts are just left to the natural elements and hands of tourists. So many pieces of buildings have just fallen off and are left to lay where they fall.
After a morning of being a tourist it was up to Stadio Olimpico to watch Italy V France. What an incredible experience, the sun was shining and Italy started off playing so well, but nevertheless a great experience had by all. We then found a quaint Irish Bar and watched England V Scotland.
After another relatively lazy morning, breakfast at the hotel, we then went to explore up near the Trevi Fountain, Panthenon and Vatican City. Again we used the metro to travel up to the Trevi fountain and from here walked down to the Panthenon and across the bridge to Parliament buildings and down to Vatican City. Sunday was another glorious day weather wise and I realised how easy it was to get from one place to the next.
Something interesting in Rome is the amount of military personnel and armed guards you see everywhere * although most of the time they’re all chatting and lighting up a cigarette.
The Pantheon is a former Roman temple, now a church, in Rome, Italy, on the site of an earlier temple commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus. This was another incredible building; unfortunately I couldn’t go in as it was Sunday and a liturgy was taking place.
The Trevi Fountain was glorious and filled with tourists tossing their pennies into the water for good luck! It was here I tasted the BEST gelato ice cream I have ever tried and i’m so excited to return in a week for more of the good stuff!
The Fontana di Trevi. It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and the most beautiful in the world.
A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome.
The fountain is worldwide famous but many people do not know the history and the secrets hidden behind its construction.
An estimated 3,000 euros in coins are thrown into the fountain every day.
All in all my weekend in Rome was fantastic, and I can’t wait to go and visit again next week with Joe! Lots more pictures to follow.
I hope you enjoyed the read!