When In Rome; Rome Day 3

It was a bit bitter sweet waking up this morning. This was our last full day in Rome and our last full day in Italy all together. In 24 hours, we would be back on the long plane ride making our way home to the states. And boy, I wasn't ready for that. But that was still 24 hours away, we still had the whole day ahead of us of more exploring and falling in love with Italy. So I had to put those sad thoughts to the side!

Hubby and I rolled out of bed fairly early, as we had scheduled tickets to tour the Colosseum. And because we decided taxis weren't our thing, we planned to walk there. And let me just tell you, it wasn't a close walk! So we quickly got ourselves dressed and headed out the door. After a few selfies of course.

As we walked from our villa to the Colosseum, we took in the early morning hustle and bustle. And before we knew it, we were standing there, with the Colosseum, right in front of us. At this point of the trip, I don't know how my jaw wasn't just permanently on the ground. Because, standing there, looking at the Colosseum, my jaw dropped, as it did with everything else we saw! We checked in with our tour group and then went and snapped some pictures while we waited to be let inside. When we purchased our ticket to tour, we decided to go big and upgrade to VIP to have access to the Gladiator entrance; the same entrance that gladiators once used for their battles.

As we joined together to listen to the tour guide tell us do's + don'ts, I was anxious to get inside. We finally started to walk in and my mind started creating scenarios of what the gladiators would have looked like as they were getting ready to enter. Before I knew it, we were standing on the platform where those exact gladiators I was trying to picture, once fought. Parts of me started searching for blood, and wondered if there were any signs that years ago, many lost their lives right here. The platform was under construction, so of course it did look a bit different, but it was still so cool to see up close and in person.

Hubby and I just stood there, taking it all in. Looking up to where the stands were, where spectators would sit to watch. I shuddered to think of the noises that were once made and heard there. Of the scenes that once played out here. Of all the things that happened right in this very Colosseum, right where we were standing. We stood there taking in the main platform for a bit longer and then started to make our way towards the rest of the Colosseum. Reading the facts, looking at each level, just being there, is probably one of the coolest things we got to experience.

Honestly, I would go back and see it again. The pictures just don't do it justice! After spending a good chunk of our morning just gawking at everything in the Colosseum, we made our way out and got to explore the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Roman Ruins. We spent a good rest of our afternoon there. The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings. Knowing they were found in the 8th Century BC-AD made me more intrigued to want to know, well, more!! Palatine Hill is one of the most ancient parts of the city. In the renaissance, the Farnese family used part of the Palatine for their private botanical gardens. After the Renaissance, the Palatine remained largely untouched and is now just another beautiful place you can explore when you visit.