Friday, November 15, 2019

Walking Around the Colosseum

The Colosseum is an oval amphitheater built in the center of Rome between AD 72 and 80.  It is built of Travertine limestone, volcanic rock, and concrete.  It was the largest amphitheater of its time and held 50,000 to 80,000 spectators. In 2018, it was the most popular tourist attraction in the world, with 7.4 million visitors. I can understand why.

This is a place I've read about and seen on television programs and in movies and I was happy I was able to see it up close. I'm amazed it is still standing after so many years.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Rome - Hop On Hop Off

On my first full day in Rome, I was a little tired from traveling, so I decided to take a ride on the Hop On Hop Off bus to kind of figure out where things were. The bus had audio in many languages with earphones to give commentary along the way. On the first time around, I rode the full loop without getting off. The second time around, I got on and off and took more photos. This is an overview of my first day. I'm not sure what every place is.

I was surprised by how many tourists there were everywhere. In addition, there were so many "in your face" vendors, who hounded people. I did my best not to look them in the eye or talk to them, but they still followed me. 

The Colosseum

Circus Maximus

Piazza Venezia

Lunch at a sidewalk restaurant near the Colosseum

Piazza Venezia

The Roman Forum

Back to Piazza Venezia

This gas station was on the side of the street, not a separate place.