The Coliseum was eerie. To know how many people and animals had died there was overwhelming. We toured it with a guide which helped us with the behind the scenes explanations. It turns out that back in the day it was significantly taller and covered in beautiful white plaster and marble. Those elements have been removed or decayed. What remains is a skeleton of what was there. We saw a cross that had been scratched into the stone coliseum wall. So much of history crossed paths in Rome!
Apparently there were 4 levels with the socialites at base level, the wealthy businessmen sitting next, the common man above him, and the women in the nose-bleeders. I am so glad I don’t live in that time! I would have some words for them! It was a place of free food and entertainment for the people to come. It was believed that whoever provided free food and entertainment gained loyalty and submission of the people. So in reality it was a place to show off power, and give subliminal and not so subliminal messages. Perhaps like our TV sets.
We stopped at the famous Trevi fountain. It can be seen in the “Roman Holiday” film starring Audrey Hepburn. I had never seen the film so you can bet I watched it at my first possible moment – which happened to be playing on the plane on the way home.
There is a tradition that if you throw a coin into the fountain you will be ensured a return to Rome. We happily tossed the coins in. Then a bystander told us to do it backwards over our left shoulder – so we redid it. Now we are covered for our next trip to Rome!
A dream of mine is to have a cappuccino in Italy. I made this come true several times on my trip. One time was here in Rome. We had an adorable waiter who you see in the photo with us. I got tired of the entire site seeing so we stopped for a bit. What a great time. It was the perfect relaxation. Do you have a favorite spot for a cappuccino?
Check back next week to see what our favorite roman churches were.