The final day of our vacation and our time in Rome was upon us, and the most important thing on the agenda today was seeing the Colosseum. We woke up, and having 12+ hours in Rome in front of us, we decided to take a walk around the city and explore. We walked to a nearby fountain (in the "Plazza Popolo" or the "people's plaza" where they held public executions back in the day. We walked up the big steps on the side of the plaza, and encountered a fabulous (and free!) view of the city, complete with St. Peter's Basilica in the distance. I highly recommend this short walk for anyone in Rome looking for a great (and free!) city view.
After a stroll around town (complete with a visit to the famed shopping district) it was time to get down to business: the Colosseum. Because of where we ended up on our walk, we elected to take the Metro (the subway) to it, and wouldn't you know, there's a stop right outside. When we got to the stop and walked the steps up to ground level, BOOM. It was directly across the street.
The Colosseum was one of my very favorite parts of the trip, and I think it's because the history is so visible. I was looking out at the scene in front of my eyes, and kept thinking about the hundreds and thousands of people who lost their lives (for sport, nonetheless!) right where I stood. We took the audio tour at the Colosseum, and it was interesting. (It was also $5, and you could easily save that $ if you just did a little research on the history ahead of time... something we did not do, so it was money well spent for us).
After the Colosseum we continued on to Circus Maximus (where the ancients held chariot races) and then on to the Forum. In that area of Rome, there were ruins upon ruins upon ruins. Everywhere you looked there were artifacts, drawing the picture of ancient Rome.
It made me feel so small and the world so big. I loved it.