Rome In Three Days, Lots Of Photos!
October 31, 2012 7:52 PM

   

This Monday I came back home from a warm and cozy Rome in Italy, where I had a fantastic time with my sister, to a freezing cold Sweden - brr!! Now in Rome my sister and I went sightseeing on foot every day, so we did A LOT OF walking and climbing stairs. Lol! But it was so worth it! And even though we only spent a few days in Rome we did manage to see and do a lot, which of course also means that I took an insane amount of photos (more than 2000!!) of this lovely city. Therefore I will do three posts about my visit in Rome.

In this first post I will share photos from our visit to the amazing Colosseum, Forum Romanum, Palatine Hill, Pantheon, Fontana di Trevi and the Spanish Steps. The second post will be all about our visit to the beautiful St. Peter's Church and the Vatican Museum (the Sistine Chapel) with its gorgeous collection of art. Finally, in the third post I will focus on what we saw when we walked the streets of Rome and some of the Italian cuisine I tried. In other words, I have a lot to cover in these three posts - so let's get started!

Rome In Three Days, Lots Of Photos!
The very first thing we did when we arrived in Rome was of course to buy pizza (slice)!! Lol! Which we devoured next to the Colosseum (behind me).

Rome In Three Days, Lots Of Photos!
We actually lived just a few hundred meters from Colosseum, this is the view from our hotel terrace.

Colosseum
So our first stop for a closer look - the Colosseum.

Colosseum
The entrance. Now Colosseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, is the largest ever built elliptical amphitheatre in the Roman Empire. It was built of concrete and stone and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. Its construction started in 72 AD and was completed in 80 AD.

Colosseum
Though the Colosseum has a rather violent history, involving both humans and animals, today its visitors, also both human and animals, enjoyed the remains of this amphitheatre in quite a harmonious way. In fact, this cute little black cat seemed very relaxed in there, almost like he/she lived there. :-)

Colosseum
Inside Colosseum. At the bottom there they have removed the "floor" to show what it looked like below floor level, where all the gladiators, animals, slaves and so on where kept during the games.

Colosseum
Only groups with guides were allowed down there though.

Colosseum
Now I think Colosseum always looks gigantic on TV or in photos, but I actually thought it felt smaller than I had imagined. Hm...

Colosseum
View from the other side.

Colosseum
A view shared by many.

ColosseumColosseum
In the aisles of the Colosseum you could read and see photos, illustrations, statues and other objects that have been found there over the years. The illustration to the right is of how Colosseum looked like during Gladiator games.

Colosseum
An illustration of how Colosseum looked like when it was whole.

Arch of Constantine
Right outside Colosseum was this beautiful arch, Arch of Constantine. It was built by the Roman Senate to celebrate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312.

Palantine Hill
Included in the entrance fee to the Colosseum was entry to the nearby Palantine Hill and Forum Romanum. In the photo we are at the Palantine Hill, which is the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome and one of the most ancient parts of the city.

Palantine Hill
It is a big area with lots of ruins and big trees.

Palantine Hill
This reminds me of our own Castle Ruins In Lyckeby here in Sweden, though the version in Rome is about ten times bigger. Lol!

Palantine Hill
Of course on a hill, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy Rome's fantastic scenery.

Forum Romanum
On to Forum Romanum, where the ruins of several important ancient government buildings in Rome are located. And where the weather became a bit indecisive...

Forum Romanum
Ruins in Forum Romanum.

Pantheon
This is Pantheon, a temple dedicated to all the Gods of Ancient Rome. It was first commissioned by Marcus Agrippa and then later rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in about 126 AD, so a very old temple.

Pantheon
And a beautiful temple as well.

Pantheon
Schh...

Pantheon
Very big doors! Which was a common theme throughout Rome by the way.

Pantheon
Pantheon is located on this square.

Pantheon
As is this fountain,

Pantheon
Which I found to be quite creepy...

Fontana di Trevi
This fountain however, the very popular Fontana di Trevi, did not feel as spooky at all. Hehe.

Fontana di Trevi
And here I am (in pink), acting very touristy! Lol! ;p

Fontana di Trevi
Actually, Fontana di Trevi is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome and one of the most famous fountains in the world.

Fontana di Trevi
So no wonder people were crazy with their coins, poses and cameras around it... Lol!

The Spanish Steps
Final stop for today, another very crowded sight in Rome - the Spanish Steps.

The Spanish Steps
Where this guy apparently was very thirsty...

The Spanish Steps
The Spanish Steps is the widest staircase in Europe, so a lot of people can certainly fit there.

The Spanish Steps
And at the top of the stairs is the Spanish Embassy and the Trinità dei Monti church. Also up there is this lovely view to enjoy, where I think I see the cupola of the St. Peter's Church? Which was another place where we climbed A LOT OF stairs to get to the top - way more than the Spanish Steps!! But more about that in the next post. :-)

Now back to reality in below zero degrees Celsius temperatures here in Lyckeby tonight, another brr!!

/A.L
 
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