Rae's trip of a lifetime_ UK and Europe 2017 travel blog

The Colesseum

A model of the Colosseum on display inside

Looking around the inside

Anothet view looking from the second level .

The outside walls of Colosseum

The archway from the Colosseum

The beautiful archway near the Colosseum

Entrance to the Roman Forum

Statues line the ancient streets

Views from the Forum grounds

Beautiful buildings still intact around the forum

Gorgeous gardens on top of Palatine Hill

More views from Palatine Hill

Trevi Fountain

In front of Trevi Fountain

Toni on the Spanish Steps

A beautiful square on tour

Views for hop on hop off bus

More beautiful buildings from bus

Jennifer our guide on the food tour eith a delightful tray of...

The Pantheon by night

Gorgeous, fragrant bunches of flowets sold by a street vendor not far...

Every day we have woken up to a beautiful clear sky. I got an early start to beat the crowds at the Colosseum, and it was well worth it. I wandered around the walls and displays without too much elbow knocking etc. Such a shame to see so much has deteriorated over the years. I took Toni's advice and bought a book to see what the ruins looked like originally..very hard to imagine looking at what is left.

Whilst walking around the grounds of the Roman forum it was actually quite peaceful. Palatine hill was again beautiful with great views of the city and back towards the Colosseum.

After I finished here I bought ticket for the Hop on Hop off bus. It was nice to sit and listen to the commentary and relax.

I met Toni for lunch and we continued on the bus visiting the Trevia Fountain where I did throw my coin in๑–’. We also saw the Spanish Steps. We left the bus at 4pm as we were booked into a food tour at 5pm

This was a highlight of our stay. Jennifer our guide was such a lovely Italian lady who was very informative about authentic "Roma" food. It was an exceptional 2.5 hour tkir with delicious tasting of typical Roma street food, biscotti, antipasto meats and cheeses and of course Gelato. An amazing tour and one I would highly recommend.

As we hadn't seen the Pantheon, after we had a refreshing beer, we took thw tram into see this at night. Although we couldn't get into it, it was lovely to see the outside all lit up and unlike the ruins of the Colosseum, this is very well preserved. A beautiful end of the day and our time in Rome.

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