1.14.2013

Honeymoon: Day 10 -- Rome (Afternoon)

We spent our first afternoon in Rome taking a 3-hour tour of the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. The tour was really informative but also really long. We stood outside the Colosseum talking about it for about a half-hour before actually walking in. Everyone was antsy to just get in and see it... which we finally did. It's pretty amazing. The Colosseum, a largely Roman structure with Greek influences, was built back in A.D. 80 and served as an arena for gladiator contests.

Colosseum, Rome, Italy



Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

The giant amphitheater could fit 50,000 spectators.

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Animals that the gladiators were meant to fight were kept below the floor.

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Colosseum, Rome, Italy

Across the way stands the Arch of Constantine. The arch honors Constantine's defeat of Maxentius and marks Constantine's ending the persecution of Christians.

Arch of Constantine, Rome, Italy

Farther down the road are the Roman Forum (considered the birthplace of ancient Rome) and Palatine Hill. The area is filled with ruins and remnants of what once was.

Arch of Septimus Severus, Rome, Italy
Arch of Septimius Severus

Temple of Vesta, Rome, Italy
Temple of Vesta

Temple of Castor and Pollux, Rome, Italy
Temple of Castor and Pollux


Palace remnants

Olives


The Stadium

14 comments:

wearenotmartha said...

What awesome photos!! You got some great shots of the Colosseum and I love that olive pic!


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Colleen said...

Love the history here! Awesome views.

Sacha said...

Wow! Your photos show just how massive the Colosseum is.

Elizabeth said...

I loved the colosseum and palatine hill. Looks like a beautiful day too!

In and Around Town said...

I did not get to the Colosseum when I was in Rome - so cool! I love the photo looking up at Arch of Septimius Severus!

Shannon G said...

such an amazing sight, love these shots :)

Bianca Garcia said...

Beautiful pics!

Kristen said...

goregeous! love the B&W shot of you!!

Michelle Collins said...

I loved visiting all of those spots. Gorgeous photos, per usual!

Emily said...

You have so much honeymoon content! What a great way to look back on the trip. Great pics as always!

Colleen said...

Love your pictures. Sounds like a really interesting tour!

Meghan M. said...

Everything about Rome just wows me; I can't get over how well-preserved so many of the ruins are.

Simply life said...

I was in Rome years ago and would love to go back! your photos are reminding me of what an incredible city it is!

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