Rome: Palatine Hill & The Coliseum

March 21, 2018

By Tab Byrum

Our first full day of sightseeing for our group started on Sunday morning, we got up and grabbed some breakfast downstairs in Cajo & Gajo then headed off towards the Palatine Hill and The Coliseum. Palatine Hill is the place where the palace of the Roman Emporers was located. These were not just large homes for the Italian rulers but they were literally small cities unto themselves with shops, baths, restaurants and so much more. Today the ruins of the Palatine give us a glimpse at what life was like a couple thousand years ago. Of course, we’ve all heard of The Coliseum in Rome, the outdoor theater where gladiators fought to the death, Christians were fed to lions and all sorts of fantastic shows were staged to entertain the citizens of Rome. Today both of these places stand in ruin but are still amazing to see, if you ever get to either definitely go in, especially The Coliseum, it’s hard to understand exactly how large it is until you are in it. I’ll go a little more in-depth with today’s photos, Enjoy!!!

Our first glimpse of The Coliseum.

This was a look down onto the street below after we had entered the Palatine Hill, I love how all the buildings have so much color going on. Not a skyscraper in sight. 

The Palatine Hill is the centermost hill of the Seven Hills of Rome. The Palatine stands 131 feet above The Coliseum on one side and looks down on the Circus Maximus on the other side. The Palatine is filled with remnants of the past, many of the temples and some Christian churches built to take the place of pagan temples. 

Everything is decorated and carved on, it’s amazing and beautiful. Here we can see a horse pulled chariot carrying someone important.

The Palatine is very high and deep as you can see. One thing you find out is that Rome has been built over and over on itself, that’s why digging always ends up with finding relics. 

The Coliseum is an oval amphitheater in the center of Rome, it is the largest amphitheater ever built and is estimated to have been able to hold between 50,000 and 80,000 people.

The Coliseum is a symbol of Rome and Italy even though it’s been partially destroyed over the centuries by earthquakes and stone thieves. 

If there’s one thing our little group likes it’s something sweet. After our day of sightseeing, we had a nice dinner and headed back to the apartment but headed out again to find something sweet. Not far from the apartment we found a wonderful bakery where we had a snack and picked up something for breakfast the next morning since we had to get up and around early. 

I hope you’ll check back with us tomorrow as we head out for another Roman adventure and this time we wake up to a big surprise. Join us as we experience a rare event in Rome and see The Vatican and Sistine Chapel. Have a great day and Enjoy!!!

Words and images are my own.

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