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  • Day31

    The Colosseum

    July 28 in Italy

    The main attraction of the ancient city of Rome would have to be the Colosseum. This really is an amazing structure. The scale of this building takes one's breath away. Even today it is a huge theatre. The incredible thing is that it was built 2000 years ago. It was built using the Jewish money and Jewish slave labour the was taken from Jerusalem in the successful Roman siege of Jerusalem in AD 70. Some cheeky New York Jews have been known to make the point that it really should be regarded as a Jewish building given that it was built using Jewish money, labour resources and expertise.

    The Colosseum was Nero's gift to the Romans to entertain them and buy their support for his rule and policy. He opened the theatre with a festival which went for 100 days during which spectacles were held every morning, midday and afternoon. It was gladiators versus animals in the morning. It was executions during lunchtime, often involving criminals being thrown to wild animals, being crucified or being killed by the Roman sword. In the afternoons it was fighting to the death between gladiators. Sometimes the gladiators numbered in their hundreds. It was reported in the displayed information that 11,000 gladiators were involved in one festival.

    The Colosseum is a testimony to the cruelty of man. It represents the kinds of conduct that even the most sophisticated ancient society was involved in. Human beings are not much better than animals when such sport is the preferred entertainment of the people.

    The arena was at times filled with water and naval battles took place using full-size naval ships. Sometimes the drama of the event told the story of famous battles the Roman emperor felt should be told to communicate their greatness.

    The Colosseum is one of the best places we visited.
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  • Day31

    After visiting the Colosseum, we went for a walk up the Palatine Hill and through the ancient Roman Forum. This was the centre of the city in ancient Roman times. The forum was where all the main city squares, Temples and Administrative buildings were located. There are huge areas being excavated and they are uncovering more archaeology all the time.

    In this area, we saw the Arch of Constantine, the famous arch of Titus celebrating the victorious siege of Jerusalem in AD 70 and the arch of Septimus Severus. We also climbed Palatine hill to see the amazing view the emperor's of Rome had from their palatial location on the top of the hill. We also saw the location of the Temple of Julius Caesar, his burial location, in the centre of the forum area.
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  • Day39


    October 11, 2016 in Italy

    We spent a few days Rome-ing around the eternal city which is full of history around every corner! We enjoyed walking down small alleys to come across big plazas where locals were enjoying a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

    Over 2,000 years ago the ancient Romans built the city and many of its wonders that still exist today. We toured the Colosseum and Roman Forum which gave us a glimpse into the lives of the Romans. It's pretty impressive to think that they could engineer such amazing buildings and structures with the basic technology they had. Our favorite though was the Pantheon which was built as a Roman temple and is the best preserved ancient building to this day because it has been in use ever since; today as a church.

    We also visited the Vatican which consists of the Vatican museum full of ancient art (and lots of tourists), the Sistine Chapel home to the Pope and Michelangelo's famous ceiling painting and the St. Peter's Basilica which is full of ornate marble statues and mosaic art work all over.

    Lastly we can't forget to mention that we ate a lot of Italian food and gelato to start off our visit to Italy!
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  • Day35


    October 3 in Italy

    When we were in Rome last year we visited the Colosseum but it was extremely busy and we had little time to view and appreciate the surrounding areas. This time we enjoyed walking around the entire area seeing Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. And the Colosseum was as impressive as ever, especially with less people around, in the late afternoon sun.

    It is pretty amazing that a structure completed in 80 AD, although
    partially ruined, has survived earthquakes and stone-robbers. It is iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and is listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. It is also one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions so it was great to be able to see it with less crowds.

    We stuck around and waited for the sun to set and the lights to go on so we could capture the Colosseum at night also. Just as impressive.
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  • Day106

    Rom - Colosseum

    April 21, 2017 in Italy

    Unser letzter Ausflug beginnt! 😀

    Vom Schiff, welches ca. 20 km von Rom entfernt angelegt hat, ging es mit dem Bus nach Rom. ☺

    Unser erster Halt war in der Nähe des Colosseums, welches wir von Außen besichtigt hatten. Dadurch das wir alle wichtigen Sehenswürdigkeiten in Rom innerhalb von 8 Stunden sehen wollen, müssen wir definitiv nochmal nach Rom kommen. 😁

    Die Militärpresenz ist allgegenwärtig. Gepanzerte Fahrzeuge und schwer bewaffnete Soldaten sind überall. 😐

    Heute ist übrigens der 2770ste Geburtstag von Rom. 😀
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  • Day24

    Das Kolosseum: Colosseo

    September 26 in Italy

    Das Amphitheatrum Flavium (erst später umbenannt in Kolosseum) ist das größte antike Amphitheater der Welt, Ort von Brot und Spielen und Gladiatorenkämpfen. Ein uraltes Zeugnis für Baukunst und grausame Spektakel.
    Im Jahre 72 nach Christus wurde der Bau des Kolosseums in Rom durch Kaiser Vespasian begonnen. Schon im Jahr 80 wurde es der Überlieferung nach mit 100 Tage andauernden Spielen eröffnet, u.a. mit Gladiatorenkämpfen, nachgestellten Seeschlachten und Tierhetzen.

    Als Zuschauer gelangte man durch eines der 80 Tore ins Innere. Davon waren vier Eingänge für privilegierte Gäste (z.B. Senatoren) reserviert, die dadurch in abgesicherte Bereiche des Zuschauerraums gelangten.

    Alle anderen Zuschauer kamen durch die restlichen 76 Eingänge und über Marmortreppen zu Ihren Plätzen. Das Kolosseum bot Platz für 50.000 Zuschauer. Viele damalige Prinzipien der Gestaltung einer Arena werden auch heute noch beim Bau von Stadien eingesetzt. So konnte das Gebäude durch die ausgeklügelten Gänge in nur fünf Minuten evakuiert werden.
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  • Day34

    Rome (IT)

    August 10, 2017 in Italy

    Arrived in Rome yesterday, again using the waterways to navigate into a city, this time making use of the Tiber river (3rd longest river in Italy). Once in the city then over to the GPS for the last few km's. Cycling in a city is not as difficult as it may seem.

    The shear number of monuments, the Roman ruins, and the enormity of these is truly impressive. Visited the Colosseum, Catacombs, Piazza Venezia, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Crypt of Capachin Monks, Roman Baths, Panthenon, Trevi Fountain, and many other attractions.Read more

  • Day26

    Fora Romano & Palatino

    September 21, 2017 in Italy

    The scale of this place is remarkable. We had a book provided by Glen which showed us what it looks like now and then you can lift the flap to see what it looked like then. Helpful to provide some context to the structures.

    Almost overshadowing the ancient ruins was the ridiculous poses being pulled by men and women alike as they took photos of themselves or each other - puffed up chests with tensed muscles to define the pecs for the guys, and hair pulled back round artfully to one side, trout pout and all other manner of strange body contortions for the girls. Pretty hilarious actually.Read more

  • Day3

    Ancient Rome, Italy

    October 4, 2017 in Italy

    A big day exploring some more of Ancient Rome, the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Piazza Venezia. Our eyes were focused down today whilst trying to conquer the cobblestones and steps. There are still a lot of visitors sightseeing like us, from above we must look like ants climbing over the ruins whilst making our way along the well worn paths.
    At the Colosseum we stood beside a father who was explaining to his child what it was like when the Romans were there, the smell of the animals and men who were held in the cages under the arena. The roar of the crowd from above when the gladiators were fighting and what it must have felt like with dirt falling through the cracks in the wooden floor whilst they waited for their turn in the arena. He was brilliant, I had goosebumps listening and definitely could imagine the scene.
    The Roman Forum area and Palantine Hill would have been downtown Ancient Rome, a bustling city made up of Temples, government buildings, and market places. The size of the ruins we saw today are impressive, it must have been an amazing place in its time.
    Piazza Venezia is the Victory Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, Italy's first King. One side of the Piazza is the site of Italy's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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  • Day14

    Sightseeing Rom

    September 21 in Italy

    Die letzten beiden Tage stand nochmal ordentlich Sightseeing auf dem Programm. Kapitolshügel, Piazza del Popolo, Forum Romanum, Palatine Hill und natürlich das Kolosseum. Im Kapitol wurde ich vom Regen überrascht und habe somit durch Zufall eine ganz wunderbare Fotoausstellung über Rom und die Architektur gefunden :)
    Beim Kolosseum drängen sich natürlich auch die Massen an Touristen, ein Besuch in Rom ohne das Kolosseum gesehen zu haben, geht aber nun wirklich gar nicht. Deshalb empfiehlt es sich auch hier bereits ab 08:00 Uhr am Kolosseum zu sein!
    Natürlich wurden auch die lokalen Spezialitäten von Pizza über Pasta, Eis, Lemon Soda und Aperol Spritz in den letzten Tagen ausführlich getestet :)
    Rom muss man auch unbedingt Abends sehen, wenn die historischen Bauwerke erleuchtet sind und die Straßenmusiker spielen kann man sich von dem Anblick eigentlich kaum loseisen. An meinem letzten Abend leuchtete der Himmel im Sonnenuntergang noch wunderschön rosa über dem Forum Romanum.
    Ciao Rom!
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