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.
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.
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.
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!
1 November 2017