The planned trip to ancient rome had been delayed due to the very pleasant company of Juliets relatives who live here. With this being the last full day of the holiday - we made a plan to get out early, alas the hotel shuttle was already fully booked so we would start the day off with a ride on the Roma-North line.
The train journey was in rush hour - which initially was quite a placid affair. However as we moved to the Metro - the volume, velocity and veracitiy increased dramatically. It was not London busy - but Rome busy - a more polite way of rushing to work.
Arriving at 08:45 - we were pleasantly surprised to find not too many annoying "skip the queue" salesmen, possible as the queue for tickets that you buy today was only about 20 deep on the outside.
A quick bag check (alas common on most tourist spots in Rome at the moment), and we were inside standing under the very large arches - waiting to buy a ticket. The line progressed smoothy - and it cost 12 EU each to gain access to the Collesem and the Palintine Hill complex - valid for 48 hours. The Audio guide was another 5 EU.
We stood in the dark trying to figure out how the audio device worked - and once mastered listened to a story about the Colleseum. We then followed the signs, and climbed up a VERY steep set of stairs - to the First floor.
Here there were some explanations of things you have seen whilst watching Gladator..
The guides were all telling the tourists stories of what the common person would be doing at the games, as well as those better off. It did seem an amazingly well organized place - and all before Internet, E-mail and instant messaging !!
As we progressed through the exhibition we could get glimpses of the stage in the middle. But still it's full size and extent was hidden.
Then with little warning you get to see the areana.
It is quite amazing - It was able to seat 150,000 people !! At one point there were 10,000 people fighing in the area !!!
We stopped looked, listened and we were entertained - so the Colleseum get's the thumbs up.
Just next to the Colleseum is the start of the Ancient Rome area, it can be best viewed in this next image.
On the left there is Constantine's Arch - the columns (Temple) in the middle lead you towords the Arch of Titus.
As we approached this there was a massive queue - but I was unsure if our tickets were for here as well as the Colleseum - suspecting some clever "No not this place" scam/dodge. So Juliet and I were trying to get to the head of the queue - to confirm we could enter. When just a the right time - a Police car came out - forcing the queuers to scatter - when they reformed amazingly we were very close to the front !!! For once our queueing skills were better than most.
The tickets did work - eventually !!! And we entered the most amazing collection of ruins - possible more interesting than the Colleseum - simply as they were more varied.
Images coming are for Arch of Septimius, Basilica of Julia (I kid you not)
Full galler of these images and more is here