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    • Day 16

      Coliseum Details

      March 18, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      To provide some closer looks at what is arguably the world's most famous archaeological site, here are a few still pictures to add to the panorama (see another post).
      Originally called the Flavian Amphitheater (because it was built by the Flavian emperors), the coliseum was started in 72 CE and completed in 80 CE. Only 8 years to build it! Seating is estimated to be as many as 80,000 people in 4 levels of seats, with each higher tier being for lower strata of Roman society.
      The 1st picture is a model of the Coliseum, showing it with all the statues around the outer perimeter. The 2nd picture is in the outer ring hallway that was a passageway under the spectator seats at ground level. It looks amazingly like the same space in modern stadia.
      The 3 remaining pictures are inside, all taken from the top of the 2nd seating level. Both higher level are gone, except for some of the walls. The 3rd picture looks toward 1 end of the oval to a small area reconstructed over what were the 2 floors beneath the arena floor to give a sense of what it might have looked like. The 4th picture looks down along the aisles of the lower of the 2 sub levels. The upper level is gone. This is where the animals were caged and the elevators were located for lifting animals, gladiators, etc. into the arena. The 5th picture looks at the Coliseum from outside as it is today.
      The last picture is across the street. This is the gladiator's school. Here they trained and lived and where they entered the tunnel into the sub levels to be lifted into the arena to perform.
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    • Day 24

      Roman Holiday

      May 2, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

      We began our morning by passing quickly by the monument to Giuseppe Mazzini, one of the two men who founded the Italian republic. Our first real treat came at the Circus Maximus, Rome’s entertainment capital before the construction of the Flavian Amphitheater. One circuit of the course covered one Roman mile, a distance just a wee bit shorter than our Anglo-Saxon mile. Every time I come to this place I’m always more interested in the palace overlooking the racetrack.

      Augustus built a palace here. It wasn’t exactly small, but it wasn’t nearly as large as some of the additions made by Tiberius, Nero and Titus, who followed him. Before Augustus, the ruler was his great-uncle Julius Caesar, who never was declared Emperor, but was a member of the First Triumvirate and essentially a dictator from 49 to 44 BC. As ruler he assumed the title of Pontifex Maximus, that is, the bridge or connection between the gods and men. As such he was required to live in the house reserved for the Pontifex Maximus located in the forum. Caesar’s family home, where he was born and which he never sold, was located in a slum. His grand-nephew Octavian (later titled “Augustus,”) succeeded him after a turbulent transition and actually did declare himself Emperor. So he got the palace.

      We next went to the Colosseum (actually called the Flavian Amphitheater), the Trevi Fountain and to the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo to see its two magnificent paintings by Caravaggio, “The Conversion of St. Paul,” and “The Crucifixion of St. Peter.”We grabbed a quick lunch at the Campo della Fiore and finished up at the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. (We were not allowed to take photos, so those included are borrowed from the web.) In the central panel the finger of God is about to touch an inert Adam with the gift of life. The divine Father is portrayed over the exact shape of a human brain holding all of God’s thoughts, which are momentarily to be created. His left arm surrounds Eve, whom he is about to present to Adam. Michaelangelo had seen a human brain. Many of the artists of the renaissance, including Leonardo da Vinci, broke church rules to dissect human cadavers. Only in this way could they learn how a human body really looks, inside and out.

      Unfortunately the queue to go into St. Peter’s Basilica stretched out into St. Peter’s Square. I doubt that half the people waiting to get in could do so by closing time.

      Still, it was a great day and as usual Rome gave us more beauty and history than one person could possibly absorb.
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    • Day 3

      Pantheon

      May 21, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

      The Pantheon was incredible, but not as photogenic as many of the other attractions. The history is very interesting - it was built in 100 something BC (multiple times because it burned down twice in the first few years) as a Roman temple, and was then later converted into a church around 600 AD. Because it was converted to a church it is one of the only ancient Roman structures that wasn’t destroyed. The dome is one singular piece of concrete, it is insane to think they were able to build that so long ago and get it up there (almost 150 feet in diameter). It also contains tombs of the first two (of four) Italian kings from the 1800s, as well as the painter Raphael. I learned that Raphael was basically the first person who advocated to start preserving ancient Roman monuments instead of destroying them, which was heavily influential and changed the way that Romans viewed and appreciated their heritage. Pretty incredible. Fun fact, he was both born and died on Juliana’s birthday.
      The hole in the ceiling allows the sun in and at mid day it lines up with the main doorway. They even had a drainage system in the floor which still works. The floor is the original floor from when it was built. It is the best preserved (basically the only preserved) ancient Roman structure. I had a great tour guide who was really passionate about the history and had a lot of great info!
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    • Day 6

      Colosseum

      June 7, 2022 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Endlich am "Ziel" angekommen; eine Runde, bei unmenschlichen Temperaturen, ums Kolosseum, bevor wir dann mit der Bahn wieder den Weg zurück nach Civitavecchia zu unserer AIDAcosma antreten. 🚆 🛳

      +++ Weitere Fotos folgen +++
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    • Day 45

      ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED

      October 18, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      This morning we made our way to the Arch of Constantine to begin our guided tour of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and the Colosseum.

      The first 2 stops were beautiful and filled with history but nothing could beat the main attraction of the day. We arrived at the Colosseum and marvelled on the base level before enjoying the panorama of the top level.

      The 2000 year old amphitheatre could hold 50,000 to 80,000 spectators, the sheer size of it was unexpected and impressive, including how it has survived and the evolution (and deconstruction) throughout history.

      As we left Phill said to me "well now I've seen this I don't have anything to look forward to in life" (thanks Phill)

      We ran back to our accommodation for Phill to change into pants before we headed to the Pantheon. The Pantheon has the largest unsupported concrete dome in the world, now this thing was MASSIVE, the top was open too so it was letting the rain in all over the marble.

      We headed back to our accommodation and stopped in for a gelato break before relaxing for an hour before we headed out for dinner (and another gelato break after dinner)

      Step count: 22.4k
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    • Day 4

      Im Inneren des Weltwunders

      November 12, 2023 in Italy ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Kurz vor 10 Uhr durften wir dann los ins Kolosseum. Das Kolosseum ist das größte der im antiken Rom erbauten Amphitheater, der größte geschlossene Bau der römischen Antike und weiterhin das größte je gebaute Amphitheater der Welt. Zwischen 72 und 80 n. Chr. errichtet, diente das Kolosseum als Austragungsort zumeist höchst grausamer und brutaler Veranstaltungen, die von Mitgliedern des Kaiserhauses zur Unterhaltung und Belustigung der freien Bewohner Roms und des römischen Reichs bei kostenlosem Eintritt ausgerichtet wurden. Heute ist die Ruine des Bauwerks eines der Wahrzeichen der Stadt und zugleich ein Zeugnis für die hochstehende Baukunst der Römer in der Antike. Gleichzeitig gehört das Kolosseum auch zu den sieben Weltwundern der Neuzeit! Somit das erste der sieben Weltwunder, dass wir gemeinsam sehen! Ziel ist, irgendwann alle gesehen zu haben. Beeindruckend sind auch die Maße und das System des Kolosseum. 80 Eingänge rund um die Arena ermöglichten den Zuschauern, auf direktem Weg zu ihren Plätzen zu gelangen. Vier von diesen Eingängen waren der obersten Schicht vorbehalten. Im Kolosseum konnten nach heutigen Berechnungen ca. 50.000 Zuschauer Platz finden. Das Kolosseum ist ellipsenförmig gebaut. Seine Breite beträgt 156 Meter, die Länge 188 Meter, der Umfang 527 Meter, die Höhe 48 Meter. Auch der Boden der Arena war elliptisch mit einer Breite von 54 Metern und einer Länge von 86 Metern. Die runde Form sollte verhindern, dass Gladiatoren, zum Tode Verurteilte oder gejagte Tiere in einer Ecke Schutz suchen konnten. Den Boden der Arena bildeten Holzbohlen, die sich nach Bedarf entfernen ließen. Darunter befanden sich die Kellerräume und das 7 Meter dicke Fundament. Heute lässt sich der frühere Arenaboden und der Keller darunter durch die Rekonstruktion gut erahnen. Extrem spannend ist auch, das der Raum unterhalb des Arenabodens ursprünglich nicht bebaut war. Nach Entfernung der Holzbohlen konnte er geflutet werden, etwa für Seeschlachten, wie sie Titus nachweislich zur Einweihung des Kolosseums aufführen ließ. Sowohl der Anblick von Außen, als auch die gesamte Besichtigung im Inneren hat uns sehr gut gefallen. Definitiv Pflicht beim Besuch, egal wie die Kosten sind. Wir haben uns für den Zutritt ohne Audioguide entschieden, hat gut gereicht und war super.Read more

    • Day 51

      Day 51: Colosseum

      January 25 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      Rome’s icon - how could we not visit here! Despite a lot of tourists, it was already less crazy than summer time. It was nice to see the structure in person and understand more about the use, the architecture and the history of the Colosseum.Read more

    • Day 9

      Colosseum and Roman Forum

      December 29, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

      Luckily by morning, Ivy had made a full recovery and we were able to head out after breakfast for our tour of the Colosseum and Roman forum.

      We stopped off on the way at the Trevi Fountain to throw some coins.

      We met our guide Inger who took us on our tour of the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. It was a treat to have her taking us around and telling us historical stories. It was particularly awe inspiring to stand in the spectator area and imagine the Colosseum flooded to stage sea battles. They also brought in wild animals from around the world to battle it out for the entertainment of the people of Rome.

      We finished by taking in the Pantheon as the sun set and then to "Ivo" in Trastevere (as recommended by Ash and Huxley) for pizza and pasta.

      We also got serious with gelato for our first proper day in Italy. Some favourites emerged - frutti di bosca for Henry, mango for Ivy, and Russell and I went for the fior di lattes, dulce de leche, aran etc...
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    • Day 12

      Kolosseum

      September 25, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Der Rom Aufenthalt wäre nicht komplett ohne einen Besuch am kolossalen Kolosseum. Fast 2000 Jahre ist das in der Antike erbaute Amphitheater alt und fasste damals mehr als 50.000 Zuschauer. Es diente über 400 Jahre lang als Schauplatz für brutale Gladiatorenkämpfe und Tierhetzen. Kaum ein anderes Bauwerk verkörpert so eindrucksvoll die damalige Macht des römischen Reichs.Read more

    • Day 4

      The Queue

      November 10, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 50 °F

      I'm so happy that we ordered our tickets for the Coliseum well in advance because the lines are horrific. We're on one of the shortest lines, since we already have our tickets, but it still looks long. Hopefully it will move quickly.Read more

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