On our second day in Roma, we went to the Colosseum and to the Roman Forum. These two sites you should never miss when you visit the Eternal City. Since it’s a packaged ticket, you get to see both places when you purchase a ticket.
There is so much history there and the architecture is a marvel. It is a wonder what the human mind can do, even in the Ancient times.
The Colosseum is an oval amphitheater where gladiator battles were held as well as many other public spectacles of the age. Nearby, the Roman Forum is a place filled with the ruins of Ancient Roman structures. As it was the center of day to day life in Rome then, it was where the government buildings and markets were located.
Later that day, we also went to the Fontana di Trevi where, as they say, if you throw a coin in over your shoulder, make a wish, you will return to Rome one day. The fountain itself is very beautiful – with the crystal water from the aqueducts that flow through the city. Although it’s hard to get a decent picture with all the tourists around, it is definitely worth a visit. Why not throw in a Euro and make that wish? It couldn’t hurt.
The next day, our third day, it was a “chill day” as it was our last full day in Rome.
First up, we visited the Pantheon. It was formerly a Roman temple but nowadays it is used as a church. On the day we went, before all the tourists were allowed in, there was a mass held inside. Tombs of notable people are housed there too, like that of the artist, Raphael. In the middle of the dome-shaped ceiling of the Pantheon, is the Oculus. Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest non-reinforced concrete dome. It’s basically a big circular whole in the roof that keeps the structure standing. It’s amazing how innovative those Ancient Romans were. How did they come up with these things?
The rest of the day was filled with shopping and cups of espresso.
Here are some of the snaps for all those days described above. (All pictures are SOOC.) They don’t do the place justice at all. Rome is one of the places you have to go to – truly one for the bucket list. You have to experience that magic of the Eternal City, even just once. Even I want to go back someday soon.