Coliseum

Trip Report: Christmas in Rome and New Year’s in Barcelona (Day 3)

After a full day visiting the Vatican, we had planned on meeting my family the following morning in the Roman Forum.  It was our day to visit Ancient Rome (originally our day was the day of arrival but due to flight delays Christmas Eve turned out to be just fine).

Our plan was for my family to arrive a bit earlier than my wife and I as we had already toured the forum during our honeymoon several years ago.  We were going to try and meet up with them inside the forum, at least that was the plan.  Due to an inability to reach each other via phone, we had significant issues finding them.  I would guess my wife and I spent close to an hour searching for my family only to be startled to hear our names being called out from the Coliseum.  Turns out my family sees things quickly and they were already inside the coliseum waiting on us!

Some pictures from our day:

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

Roman Forum

Coliseum

Coliseum – Interior

Lunch with the family

Lunch with the family

Cool church tucked between buildings

Cool church tucked between buildings

Wife and I with niece

Wife and I with niece

Pantheon at night - Christmas Eve

Pantheon at night – Christmas Eve

Trevi Fountain at night - Christmas Eve

Trevi Fountain at night – Christmas Eve

I know these are coming out slowly but it has been difficult to find the time to put them together.  Next up will be Christmas Day in Rome, with a special guest appearance from the Pope.

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Travel Photos – The Coliseum (Rome)

I fully realize it has been too long since my previous post but I just haven’t made the time to do anything about it!  I am making a goal for myself going forward of no less than 1 new post every two weeks.  With that said, today I wanted to feature the Coliseum in Rome.  The Coliseum, to me, is one of the few ancient buildings where it is still quite easy to imagine what it looked like while in use, which makes it fascinating to walk around the arena.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of the Coliseum from my travels:

Coliseum Exterior

Coliseum Exterior

Coliseum Exterior

Coliseum Interior

Tip: To avoid waiting in the extremely long lines at the Coliseum, buy your ticket at the entrance of the Palatine Hill/Forum early in the morning and tour it first.  The exit of the Forum is right at the entrance to the Coliseum.