Colosseum (Bucket List tick) but it didn’t end there
This morning we all had a little sleep in bar me. I was extremely excited to be going to the Colosseum. I had every camera charged and was fired up myself. So I woke everyone up 0830 for breakfast. I wanted to be on the 0930 train, we missed this but was on the 1000 not to bad, arrived Colosseo train station approx. 1030 and walked over to the entry of the Colosseum. It was packed heaps of scalpers trying to sell tickets, tours and avoid the queue. People keep confusing me with Spanish / South American here in Italy, the scalpers are greeting me with Olla. Weird. Anyway we thought we would just try the line.
It looked long but wasn’t too bad 30 minutes to get into this world wonder, scalpers were telling us 2 hours outside. It didn’t disappoint once inside, awesome it is a huge structure, the pictures will not do it justice. You walk around the lower level general entry area, it is just packed full of tourists and tourist groups all jostling for the best photo position.
Really if you are impatient or don’t like crowds don’t bother, it may be a letdown, for us we were OK and just took our time. We then walked up to the upper level where there are some displays of the ancient era. Did the lap of the upper area and then back down to the exit. We would have spent approx. 2 hours within the Colosseum walls and was extremely happy with that.
Part of the Colosseum tickets you also get into the Monte Palatino, we walked passed a couple of police officers on the way, they got our attention because of their police vehicle and large guns seemed a little over the top, Summer got a little excited she said they looked like models so I took a photo of them for her.
We took one last shot, or at least we thought so.
Did the walk down and walked through the Rome Forum. It is just an amazing the place, it is so old so much history, really was excellent. We then exited out the back of the War memorial museum, we decided to go in for a look and get out of the heat for a while. The views from up here over Rome are pretty cool. We then weaved our way down to the river and walked along here for a bit before stopping for lunch. Couple of pizza’s and then we were off again on to St Peter’s Basillica. This time the queue to get in was long.
We were there approx. 1500 and it wrapped around the whole piazza. Looked like it would be a 2 hour line-up. Plenty of scalper’s with a catch cry jump the queue, the thing is it is free to get into the cathedral so why pay to jump the queue, didn’t understand how that system worked, any way we waited approx. 50 minutes, it was hot but Summer and I took turns in the line-up, there was plenty of people in the piazza to watch so time went by really quick.
Got inside and was really impressed this would have to be up there with one of the best places we have been. Everywhere you look there is a piece of history, photo opportunity and then you look up. What or why did they put art on the roof like that, it is just spectacular, you are constantly having a neck stretch looking up and then back down, really it is like that, roof, floor, side to side. Have a little chat about how awesome it was, then roof, floor side to side and chat some more. It was definitely worth the wait.
We did the track and on the exit saw the Spanish Guards. The kids were pretty happy with this. We then had a short walk to the Metro and back home approx. 1830