Ancient Rome: The Forum & Colosseum

The forum

The Forum is the ancient city of Rome.  Just standing amongst the ruins is impressive, it is easy to imagine how majestic the city would have been when in it’s full glory.

The detail and expertise that went into buildings of that era is fascinating.  The thickness of the walls, the battle scenes carved into marble pillars and arches and the frescos painted in the temples.  We simply do not do anything like it today.

To me it is amazing that you can walk the same streets and stand in the same places as Julius Caesar!  We had a fun time exploring with the family for the morning.

Thomas & Jon at The Forum

Thomas & Jon at The Forum

Christine, Jessica & Megan at The Forum.

Christine, Jessica & Megan at The Forum.

TIP: To skip the long lines at the Colosseum, buy a combined ticket at the Forum for both the Forum & Colosseum.  It literally could save at least an hour.

After the Forum, we walked to the Colosseum.  The Colosseum is the largest amphitheater in the world and where the gladiators fought.  It is considered one of the most amazing parts of Roman architecture.

To be honest, it was even bigger than I remember it being as a teenager.   I also didn’t remember how deep the levels were below where the “stage” or floor would have been.  This is one building that is impressive time after time.

The Colosseum

The Colosseum

Inside the Colosseum

Inside the Colosseum

 

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