Gladiators and musicians

by Helen Hooker October. 31, 2017 1964 views

We joined the tourist trail again today, this time to visit the Colosseum. I’ve seen pictures of it before but nothing quite prepares you for the sheer scale of this Roman icon.

After a short queue we climbed the steep steps to the second tier and emerged blinking into the sunshine. Much of the original marble was looted for use elsewhere after the Colosseum fell out of use for gladiatorial battles. As we began to take in the enormity of the structure we began to spot details which hint at architectural features long since gone, such as stairs to the uppermost levels.

The patterns in the terracotta bricks caught my eye here

The patterns in the terracotta bricks caught my eye here

For most of our break I’ve found myself cursing all the other tourists getting in the way of my photos. Here though, the thousands of people gave my pictures a sense of scale as they appeared ant-like against the mammoth structure.

This fearless gull posed for me, just four feet from my camera. Of course, the birds have the best view of the Colosseum, flying overhead!

This fearless gull posed for me, just four feet from my camera. Of course, the birds have the best view of the Colosseum, flying overhead!

I was so grateful Kevin chose to wear this polo shirt today - it made him much easier to spot among the crowds!

I was so grateful Kevin chose to wear this polo shirt today - it made him much easier to spot among the crowds!

This view presented itself as we descended a flight of steps

This view presented itself as we descended a flight of steps

Elsewhere I found myself looking outwards, taking in the bird’s eye view of the surrounding areas, from the many Roman ruins to the construction of Rome’s latest Metro line.

This is a construction site for Rome’s newest Metro line, clearly visible from the Colosseum

This is a construction site for Rome’s newest Metro line, clearly visible from the Colosseum

This is a construction site for Rome’s newest Metro line, clearly visible from the Colosseum

This is a construction site for Rome’s newest Metro line, clearly visible from the Colosseum

This is a construction site for Rome’s newest Metro line, clearly visible from the Colosseum

This is a construction site for Rome’s newest Metro line, clearly visible from the Colosseum

As a bonus for today’s post I thought I’d also share my photos of the musicians we passed during our long walk to the Colosseum. They were doing a great job, entertaining the crowds with everything from Pachelbel’s Canon to Hotel California!

I love the attentiveness of the children as this chap played along to a backing track on a tiny children’s drumkit!

I love the attentiveness of the children as this chap played along to a backing track on a tiny children’s drumkit!

1 November 2017

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Jonggolde 2 years ago

I enjoyed viewing this entry. I love Rome. Nice pictures.

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Jonggolde 2 years ago

#10 Very nice!  Beautiful point of view.

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Antonio Gil 2 years ago

You've just summoned my old memories of this place. Thank you for such great images.

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Carl Schraefel 2 years ago

So amazing, thank you for sharing!!!

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Daanish Farhan 2 years ago

I love your photos of the colosseum! Such an old structure but still standing firm

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Jay Boggess 2 years ago

Fascinating series....nice camera work!

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