So, as usual, I seem to have taken an age to edit and start writing any posts from our recent trip to Rome, even though I’ve been planning it for months! I think the sheer amount of photos that we took while we were there just scared me off a bit! Anyone else seem to always have this problem? I’ve finally got round to it though, so stay tuned, as I’ll be putting up a few Rome-themed posts over the next few weeks.
Anyways, so back at the end of August me and my OH took a trip to Rome – and it was a pretty amazing little break. We managed to fit so much into our four days, and saw almost everything that was on my checklist – although by the end of it, we were both thankful to be going home, having walked our feet to death for four days straight. So. much. walking.
The thing we were both most excited about before our trip – and what ended up being the attraction we both loved most – was the Colosseum, so, it makes sense to put this post up first. Both the Colosseum and Roman Forum are the most awe-inspiring places to walk around – even the best photos just don’t really do them full justice… the scale of them, and how much detail there is in every square foot of space. I think I would’ve spent all day there, if it hadn’t been for the ridiculous heat we had on the particular day we visited.
The Forum and Colosseum are both within the same area (if you’re using the metro system, they’re based near to the Colosseo stop) – so I presumed that we could fit both into one morning. Wrong. The Colosseum itself is bigger than you could imagine and walking around and taking it all in can easily take hours out of your day – in a good way! We couldn’t get enough of it and could’ve probably spent much longer strolling round it to be honest!
The views from the top platform were my absolute favourite – walking around it I think I took about 567,509 photos. You can walk around the entire circle giving you 360degree views. Safe to say narrowing my photos down for this post was pretty hard!
We bought standard tickets for the both the Colosseum and Forum – we had contemplated getting guided tours, so that we could hear more about the full history of it all, but we really just enjoyed walking around at our own pace. There are also lots of information guides dotted around that you can stop and read as and when – this worked really well for us, and meant we could just take in as much information and wander wherever we want, without feeling obliged to stay with a group.
Right outside of the Colosseum is the Arch of Constantine – which, as you can see, is seriously pretty and looks amazing paired with the Colosseum. Walking around, you feel so tiny next to these huge monuments.
The Forum is a short walk from the Colosseum, taking you past more beautiful buildings and monuments that seem to be scattered everywhere in Rome. The Forum itself is definitely much bigger than I thought it would be – it spans such a huge space. It’s (obviously) full of history and so many different gorgeous buildings, ruins and monuments. Every where you turn is another gorgeous piece of architecture or historical ruin. My only advice is to make sure you bring a bottle of water, which you can refill from the fountains they have dotted around the city – as during the summer, this place can get seriously hot – and combined with walking around all day, staying hydrated is key!
I’ve no doubt missed some important info about the Forum and Colosseum, but honestly, for me, I spent most of my time just strolling around in awe at everything and taking things in, so I probably didn’t take in as much of the history as the place actually has. I’m sure some people would be keen to know more of the historical facts surrounding them – and there are lots of opportunities for this – with guided tours etc. But for us, we wanted to take it all at our own pace and enjoy the beautiful scenery and history without being stuck with a tour group.
We absolutely loved both the Forum and Colosseum – they’re such magnificent places that you almost feel as though you’re in a completely different world. It’s a lot to take in when you’re there, so if you’re heading to Rome, I’d recommend giving yourself a full day to these two.
Have any of you been to Rome? Or do you have a visit planned in the near future?