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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.Read more

  • Day39

    Rome

    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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  • Day14

    Road to Rome

    June 8 in Italy

    I made a mistake in last post. It was Orvieto that we stopped at yesterday. Instead of tourist bus some of us ended up on a local bus with many stops before we got off, of course, at a church!
    We stayed our 2 nights in Rome in a former convent. When the elevator stops at floors a bell rings like a church bell. Have had trouble getting them to turn AC on and it is very warm, 28 C today.
    We left at 7:30 to tour the Vatican museum, the Sistine chapel, and St Peter’s Basclilliac had 50 minutes for lunch and then on to the Colosseum. I really liked it as it was easy to picture what it had been like. It helped if you had seen Gladiator or Ben Hur?? Better to be a gladiator than a slave because if you were a slave working on building the Colosseum you likely would last 6 to 12 months. Then to Forum and we were hot and tired by that time. It was 3 o’clock.
    Dinner at a local restaurant and good byes.
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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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  • Day13

    Road to Rone

    June 7 in Italy

    We left Florence and stopped at SAN Gimignano a town very high up on a hill. We took an elevator and then buses to get to top. We had lunch in an Italian restaurant, 4 courses. In this case I did like the antipasto. At other restaurants I didn’t like it. A creamy tomato sauce on some pasta and then pizza and briscotti. The chef made homemade pasta and chatted while we were eating, don’t think l will be making pasta anytime soon! The town was beautiful and had a gelato and shopped. Very unusual location for a village.
    When we got to Rome we had a walking guided tour with a local...very crowded and hawkers everywhere, selling anything you could think of...hats, watches, umbrellas, paintings, purses, selfie sticks. Threw some English money in the Trevi Fountain, that was a madhouse, so many people. Walked to eat from their. Very different appetizers...started with a huge anti pasta and then chick peas and beans, pasta, and the main course chicken or veal or pork, and finally desserts. Walked to bus and had a tour of Rome at night. Will add that to tomorrow
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  • Day4

    Arc di Constantino

    August 1 in Italy

    Nach einem etwas schwierigen und längeren Weg als geplant haben wir es doch erreicht unser Ziel

  • Day4

    Last Stop Colosseum

    October 19, 2015 in Italy

    Als letztes auf unserer Liste Stand das Kolosseum. Viel dazu erzählen muss man nicht. Wir waren total platt nach 3 Tagen permanentes Rumlaufen und weiß Gott wieviel Kilometern und froh fertig zu sein.
    Zum Glück kam noch die Sonne raus, als wir im Kolosseum waren!

    Dann gabs noch etwas Shopping (Handtaschen und Pullis) bevor es zum täglichen Afternoon Nap zurück zu Paolo ging.

  • Day4

    Forum Romanum

    October 19, 2015 in Italy

    Heute taten die Beine trotz genügend Schlafes am meisten weh. Nach due Cappuccini, Tramezzini und Croissant sind wir über den Campo di Fiori zum Forum Romanum gelaufen. Es ist nicht ganz einfach die Karte dieser Sehenswürdigkeit zu lesen, denn die Bauwerke existieren nicht mehr, jedoch ist das komplette Areal unwirklich groß und dadurch ebenso beeindruckend.

  • 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

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