“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. But now Romans does’nt do anything like this.
Today I have come to see Rome Colosseum. The most important relics of the ancient Roman Empire that now remain is this Roman Colosseum. It takes a long line to enter the Roman Colosseum. So if you have a ticket, i.e. you have already reserved, then there is some benefit. We had already booked tickets online for Colosseum through a website called www.coopculture.it.
After getting down from Colosseum bus stop, we walked straight in to collect our tickets. Seeing this crowd, you can understand that everyone wants to see Colosseum after coming to Rome. And we did the same thing first. Our ticket was priced at 14 Euros per person.
When you reach Colosseum, beware of some guides. Many times, despite having a ticket, they confuse you and sell their tickets. So keep this in mind. Before we go inside the Colosseum, you get a bird’s eye view of the outside. It is the biggest symbol of the ancient Roman Empire, the Roman Colosseum. Looking at the exterior of this building, you can imagine how grand this building must have been 2,000 years ago. Now let’s go to see the Roman Colosseum from inside.
This Colosseum in Rome is said to be the largest amphitheater in the world. In the ancient Roman Empire, Gladiatorial fights used to take place here. I had promised to show the Colosseum of Rome, I have brought you here and now there will probably be no more wish left. Of course, Colosseum is very important in world history.
And we always used to read or hear about it, also saw on postcards, but today we saw it with our own eyes, it’s amazing. The creation of Colosseum began in 72 AD. And it took 8 years to make it. Gladiatorial fights used to happen here in ancient Rome. That is, a fight between two slaves or to fight an animal with a human. This kind of sport used to be here.
And here thousands of people used to sit and watch. From 50-80 thousand people could sit here at one time. So in ancient Rome, the Colosseum is very important. There was entertainment here but there was also a lot of vandalism. Right now we are going to the Roman Forum, we saw the Colosseum, now we are going to see the Roman Forum down there, I see some Ruins there.
And then we will go to Palatine Hill. The Roman Forum is behind me. In the ancient Roman Empire, when one has to take victory march, to conduct public trials, to market, then it is used to be at this place, this is the Roman Forum. After seeing the Roman Forum, it was time to see another important tourist destination of the city. And we got out towards the Trevi Fountain which is in the middle of the city of Rome. I am in front of Rome’s very historic monument, Trevi Fountain.
Water was supplied from here in ancient Rome. That is, there was an aqueduct here about 2,000 years ago. But the building that is visible, it was built in the 18th century. The Trevi Fountain has a huge crowd of tourists. And there is a special reason for this crowd. By the way, many tourist destinations are in the city. But there is a very interesting story behind it. Keep watching, you will enjoy knowing the reason. There is a competition to put coins in this fountain.
Every person who has come here has to put coins in it. It is believed that whoever throws a coin in the Trevi Fountain comes back to Rome. So I will also try this and see if I ever come back to Rome. Here it is, I throw this coin. Gone. After Trevi Fountain, it was time to see something else in the city. This world is really a small place. You will be surprised to know that we have got our friends, Manish and Neha here. And their two lovely children.
After meeting them, we set out for the City Center of Rome. It is the most important intersection of the city of Rome, its name is Piazza Venezia. The entire square behind me has the highest intersection points of roads. So this is the very important place for tourist. And at its exact opposite, i.e. in front of me is Palace Venezia. We had to cross the road to see this palace.
The special thing about Rome is that you don’t have to wait for a red light to cross the road. Just get to zebra crossing and the vehicles will stop automatically. You can easily cross the road. This is the Piazza Venezia area of Rome. Suppose this the city center of the city as say Delhi’s Connaught Place but the look here is slightly different. This palace was built in the 15th century. It was used to be the home of Cardinal Pietro Bembo.
At one time it was also an Embassy of the Republic of Venice. But since then, the map of the world has changed a lot. Now there is no separate place called Republic of Venice, it is a part of Italy. Another special thing, this palace was also the headquarters of the Italian dictator Mussolini. It was built by Pope Paul II and since then it is one of the most important places for tourists in Rome.
Araina, how is this palace? No reaction of Araina. It is very nice, it is Piazza Venezia and this is the palace and from here it is a view of the streets of Rome. Actually I think the historic center is starting from here only. We will go to Pantheon, it is around here.
After seeing Palace Venezia, it was time to see another part of the city. Now it was time to see another historical spot of Rome. “Spanish Steps”. Now we are catching the metro train in Rome. So I have traveled in the metro train of many countries. Rome was left, so I have got a chance to travel in Rome Metro also. I will show. I had no idea that shooting here is forbidden.
Still I thought that I should take a shot of the train. Now we have reached the Spanish Steps while roaming Rome. These steps are 135 stairs that are considered to be an excellent specimen of Roman architecture. And these steps, connects this Spanish Square to that church. And that church was once controlled by the King of France.
So today it is a sample of the best architecture and tourists from all over the world come here. I thought I should get the privilege of climbing these steps. Don’t ask for the heat of Rome in the month of June. Looked like I am in India. Araina and Abhilasha were so tired and so upset by the heat that they quietly sat on these stairs.
The trip to Rome has been very memorable. Saw many relics of ancient Roman Empire. Got to know a lot of history.