I have decided to dedicate Tuesdays* to World Heritage Sites, places listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as those that have special significance, whether physical or cultural in nature. One of the most memorable I have visited so far being the Historic Center of Rome, which of course includes the Colosseum.
It was a long train ride from the cruise ship to Rome, and the train was full of tourists. We saved a lot of money for not taking a cab, but if you are claustrophobic, I would not recommend this option.
When we got to our stop, we walked to our destination. We had a full day planned in Rome — my loving boyfriend, a.k.a. Mr. Navigator and super planner mapped out all our destinations, including points of interest along our walking path. It was definitely a great way to see a city like Rome if you don’t mind walking, as you would see a lot of old, scenic streets and avoid crowded commuter trains.
The Colosseum, which is the focus of this post, came to view suddenly and it was a sight to see. We had gotten our tickets in advance online so we didn’t have to go through the long lines (make sure to do this if you are planning to visit so you can avoid wasting hours of time). We were able to enter right away and were overwhelmed by the thought that we were standing inside such a historic site. Knowing what transpired inside the place we were in and seeing what was still left was priceless. We were able to climb a few flights of stairs and see the view from higher up, and we could not help but imagine what it could have looked like in there thousands of years ago, filled with people, what its significance to their lives must have been, and why is it that it is revered in Roman and world culture and history until today.
Footnote to a post: Last year, we were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to go back to Rome a second time. Since we saw the Colosseum in the daytime earlier in the year, we chose to go back and see it lit up at night last November (we chose not to go in this time). The following photos speak for themselves:
*Now that my classes are over (for now, I decided to take a break this fall) and summer concerts are winding down, I finally have the chance to put some thought into organizing this blog. Up until now, I have been posting randomly but rest assured that going forward there will be a method to my madness.