The Colosseum │A big MUST-DO on our Europe Road Trip this summer: See the Colosseum. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre or Colosse, this oval amphitheatre is located in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. The massive structure consists of concrete and sand, and is the largest amphitheatre EVER built! We started out this day of explorations at the Roman Forum, which is located just west of the Colosseum. It was quite a noteworthy moment when we strolled out of the Roman Forum and up the path leading to this beautiful architectural delight… definitely a WOW-moment!
For those interested in the history of it all: Construction of the Colosseum began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus. [Pretty darn amazing!] The Colosseum was build to hold an estimated 50,000 to 80,000 spectators, but usually had an average audience of roughly 65,000. Back in it’s prime years, it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles, like animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. During the early medieval era, it ceased being used for entertainment. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.
Even though it has been partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes and thieves removing parts of the stone exterior, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is, no doubt, one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions.
We decided to do the audio tour of the Colosseum. We not really “tour group” kind of people. I don’t really know if that is because we stop so much for pictures, because we walk too slowly, or because we are goofy… but we like to take things at our own pace and we often end up losing any crowd that we are with. The audio guided self-tour was therefore PERFECT for us!
Usually two people share one remote and then plug two sets of headphones into that one remote. We, however, had a stoller to push and sticking side-by-side, while getting around other groups, was very challenging. We returned to the office and they were kind enough to let us have borrow two remotes. With our map and remotes – we took our time, touring the Colosseum and listening to all of the interesting facts on the audio guide.
Since we were listening to the audio guides, there wasn’t much talking going on. We also didn’t take Eli out of the stroller and I don’t think that he could see very much (not that this would interest him at all). I have to say that I absolutely love this child’s patience. The above picture sums him up. Bored as heck – but he just sat waiting. *Note to other toddler parents: Don’t get mad at me for bragging about my kid. This doesn’t always happen, so when it does, I’m SUPER THANKFUL!*
Moments like this, Eli really reminds me of Justin. They will sit and wait for me – bored, possibly even frustrated, but they will wait. Gosh, how did I get so lucky? I love my guys so much.
After our Colosseum explorations – which we thoroughly enjoyed – it started to rain, so we ran across the road, and ended up having lunch right across the road. Check out our Lunch with a View HERE!