Rome Travelogue 3

Been terribly busy at work, hence the lack of updates. This post is the final installment of our adventure in amazing Rome.

The striking Arch of Constantine, situated close to the Colosseum, build for the glory of the Emperors.

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Taken from the Colosseum

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Trotting towards the symbol of Imperial Rome-the sensational Colosseum- hair-raising monument to harsh, merciless power. Although it’s a shadow of it impressive intact structure (large segments are missing due to earthquakes and stone-robbers), it’s nevertheless jaw-dropping.

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Use to stage gladiatorial contests, animal hunt and executions. The Colosseum could accommodate an estimate of 50,000-80,000 spectators. With 80 entrance arches, the amphitheatre could be filled and emptied rapidly.

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Thankful that we bypassed the snake queue as Trafalgar Tours made prior arrangements

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A sight to behold

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Only a small fraction of the arena floor remains, revealing an complex underground structure –a network of tunnels and cages spanning over 2 levels. This was where gladiators and animals were held before their fight. Interestingly the arena floor was made of wood and covered with sand to absorb blood, so that gladiators will not slip and fall during contests.

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After the Colosseum visit, most of our tour mates returned to rest but we carried on exploring the city on our own.

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Ruins of Forum of Augustus, a temple built to honor Mars, the Roman God of War. Built it 42 BC.

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Statue of Julius Caesar

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Remnants of Forum of Caesar, the first imperial forum built by Julius Caesar in 51 BC

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In the center of Rome, sits Il Vittoriano, also known as “The Wedding Cake”. The massive white monument was build to honor the first king of newly unified Italy.

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Dinner was at an Italian Restaurant with live performance. The freshness of the food shone and every dish was delectable.

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Our tour director Bernie was so sweet; he arranged something special as this trip was our honeymoon. Thanks Bernie!

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