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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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  • 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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  • Day5

    Colosseo by day

    May 30, 2017 in Italy

    Fun facts from back in the day:

    - The colosseo can hold up to 50,000 people
    - It was designed to fill in 15 mins, and evacuate in 5 mins
    - The construction was completed in 10 years
    - Plebians were shaded from the hot sun, while nobility had to bake
    - Romans were incredibly innovative... and brutal. It's estimated that over 400,000 people and 1,000,000 animals died in the colosseum! It is considered one of the most haunted places on earth 👻

    🌍🛫📝: Rick Steves

    Pro Tip: We highly, highly recommend downloading Rick Steves' free audio tour to your personal device for just about any attraction. It definitely uplevels the experience!!
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  • Day49

    Monti, Rome

    December 31, 2017 in Italy

    Rome is always fantasised and romanticised in movies, books and poetry. When people think of places like Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps, people imagine couples sitting peacefully in a warm embrace, people tossing coins for eternal love and to find love at the Trevi Fountain and finding their one true love at the bottom of the Spanish steps. Well, I can tell you now, forget all those dreams and wonderful ideas. It is not true! No loving couples, definitely no peace and absolutely no finding anyone at the Spanish steps. People pushing and shoving everywhere. Crowds of people taking selfies and photos everywhere and no peace at all. You have beggers, people selling you selfie sticks and souvenirs and horse and carriage owners asking for €200 for a 40 minute ride. Going through this hustle and bustle, all we could think of was this isn't peak season, this is low season, this isn't a lot of people. This was confirmed by our guide later in the day who announced, 'look, so many empty spots on the Spanish steps, not many people here now'. All 4 of us failed to see what he was describing. We just saw crowds, and immediately wanted to retreat and take refuge back in Assisi. We thought, not until we have seen the coloseum.

    On New Years Eve, we joined our tour for the Colosseum and the Roman Ruins. Our first look at the colosseum was breathtaking. Maybe because there were no people around, yet. The colosseum now has a brick and travertine facade, but was originally just travertine on the facade, the facade had been damaged due to a devastating earthquake, and part of the outer ring has been destroyed. Still, just seeing it still standing and in such good condition after so many years is just extraordinary. Our tour guide lead us through the colosseum entrance and we were soon standing in the main arena. Having had watched the movie Gladiator a few nights prior to this visit, we were able to imagine it full of spectators who were watching all the gory games occuring right where we stood. Having always loved archeology, old buildings and Roman times, I was in heaven admiring this phenomenal architecture that stood before me. Words cannot describe it well enough so I'll leave that to the pictures with a strong suggestion to visit just the colosseum and it's surroundings and then flee Rome as soon as possible. With the tour, we were able to see the underground of the Colosseum. Where the slaves, animals and Gladiators were held before they went out for their fatal battle. Having not been restored much, other than one part to show us how the lift (from 2000 years ago worked) and reinforcement, it gave us a really good idea of how terrible the conditions were. How damp, cramped and unhygienic the area would be.

    We soon sadly left the colosseum but there was a beautiful surprise around the corner. It was the Ruins at the surroundings of the coloseum from 2000 years ago. The guide pointed out the Ruins of a palace and pointed out bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, Roman baths and entertainment areas as well as churches, monasteries and other smaller entertainment centres like the colosseum. Like, Circus Maximus where chariot races were held.

    I could stay amongst the Ruins all day but we were all needing some food after imagining all the luxurious banquets the emperor's enjoyed in their palaces. I will be tossing a coin in the Trevi Founrain to come back to Rome to see the Ruins again but on second thought, it is a memory I will have forever and do not need to come back to battle the crowds again. After that, we saw many churches that are scattered around Rome, with its stunning art. We found a supermarket and got supplies for our New Year feast. At midnight, we welcomed in the New Year with a glass of Lambrusco and watched an amazing firework display from our apartment's private terrace. Happy New Year to all and many well wishes for the New Year.
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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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  • Day19

    Colosseum, Rome

    May 2, 2016 in Italy

    Rome, you are a stunning city. We’ve grown accustomed to quiet little towns so this is a bit of a shock to the system. Aside from the crowd and insane number of tourists, we found ourselves in awe of everything. It felt like we were immersed in a history book; Roman soldiers could trudge around the corner and it would not look out of place (maybe).

    Flora’s friends from Melbourne, Viv and Kez, were coincidentally holidaying in Italy too. We decided to meet up in Rome and see the sights together. Ok, in all honesty, we changed our travel plans so we could be in Italy at the same time as them. Thanks to Aaron for being such an accommodating husband :)

    Flora had always wanted to see the Colosseum. Aaron had seen it before, but he remembered little of it; he was young and probably inebriated at the time. There it was, the majestic Colosseum. The sheer scale of it is astounding. It looked intimidating against the dark clouds behind it. Flora was floored. When she picked her jaw back up off the ground, they found Viv and Kez (happy dance!).

    We got ourselves an audio guide which resembles a 1980s telephone that you have to hold up against your ear. The Colosseum was built nearly 2000 years ago for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. Over the years, natural disasters and looters had reduced the Colosseum to mostly ruins. What still stood and the parts that were rebuilt was sufficient for one to imagine the Colosseum as it was in its glory days.

    The Colosseum was open to everyone – rich and poor, young and old, men and women, although the women and slaves who were considered of lowest social standing were placed in a different section. Entertainment back in those days included watching men who were sentenced to death, eing forced into the arena, naked and unarmed, where lions and other beasts would rip them to pieces.

    The most interesting part of the Colosseum would have been the basement which we were not allowed into as we weren’t part of a guided tour group. Bummer! It would have been so interesting wandering through the maze of small rooms which used to house the animals for the contests. These animals were brought up into the arena via a lift system and trap doors. Those Romans thought of everything!

    Next, we headed to the Roman Forum which was effectively the central business district of the city for the Romans. The Forum provided a central meeting place for people to trade, hold public forums, and celebrate battle triumphs. Perhaps the most important of them all was the birth or inception of the Senate.

    The word “senate” means “old man” in Latin, or assembly of elders. The Senate during the monarchy held little power but it came to prominence when the monarchy was overthrown in a coup and replaced with a republic.

    It was a real pity the rain came pelting down again and we had to cut our visit short. We should have read up more on the Roman Forum beforehand so we knew what we were looking at. Next time, hopefully.
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