With its bustling streets and high energy, theres no mistaking that you are in a big city; the magic of Rome is the big city feel intertwined with thousands of years of history and culture. The cobblestone streets are filled with excited tourists, busy locals and vespas that whizz by without warning.
Quick Facts About the Colosseum:
Early Saturday morning we headed out to explore the city. Our first stop was Rome’s most well known attraction, the Colosseum. I caught a glimpse of the magnificent Colosseum for the first time as we rounded a street corner and I was in awe of the 2,000 year old iconic structure. If ancient ruins stir anything in you, then the Colosseum is sure to drop your jaw and get your heart pumping. The Colosseum is a large amphitheater, built in A.D. 80, that was used for horse races, gladiatorial battles, and animal fights.
From inside the Colosseum, it’s easy to imagine how it would have felt with 50,000 rowdy Romans cheering on displays of violence. We took our time, walking around both levels and taking plenty of beautiful photos of the magnificent brick structure against a clear blue sky.After ending our tour of the Colosseum we passed by the Arch of Constantine on our way to visit the Roman forum ruins in Palatine Hill. There are two ticket options for entering the ruins; either the Roma Pass or by purchasing a combo-ticket for the Colosseum and Palatine Hill. The forum, situated in the heart of Rome’s seven hills, was once a place where Romans called home, worshipped their gods and held public gatherings. Today, the remains of broken columns and arches are a beautiful reminder of the rich history of Rome.