Traveling to Rome for the first time: Just Another Awesome Day in Rome
Since Rome is such a big and historic city, there is always something to do – whether it’s visiting ancient sites or going shopping on Via del Corso.
The other day we went to the Roman Forum, Coliseum, and Capitoline Hill, which as always, were awesome! We started the day walking to Capitoline Hill. From our apartment, it isn’t a very long walk. The climb up Capitoline Hill was the real hard part.
Once we arrived at the top, we took a little rest while sitting next to statues that were designed by Michelangelo. Not a wrong rest stop, eh? As we kept walking towards the Roman Forum, we came across many obstacles, such as ancient fountains that seemed to have some leaks!
As the Forum lay right before my eyes, I couldn’t help but smile. I had been visiting this site since I was a little girl, and every time it stuns me. The Forum is so immense that it makes me wonder how the ancient Romans constructed it with such a few supplies.
There were tall columns standing alone in the middle of rubble and arches that haven’t fallen even considering they have been around for over 2000 years. As I stood overlooking the site, I could see the whole city right before me.
I saw the Coliseum out in front of me, to the right I saw an old building layered with history, and to the left, I saw the chapel where Saint Peter and Saint Paul were held, prisoner.
We kept wandering past the Forum and headed to the Coliseum. To get to the Coliseum, you have to walk down a long street with ancient artifacts scattered on both sides. There were statues of Julius Caesar aging through the years, old columns where a temple had once stood, and many tourists.
Once we reached the Coliseum, guess what we did? Took pictures! Like every other tourist there, we took about 100 selfies and photos.
The Coliseum has not moved for thousands of years, but the city around it has evolved so much. Starting with the sack of Rome 1600 years ago, the beginning of Christianity, the Renaissance, and now us! The Coliseum has been through it all.
After the Coliseum, we kept walking, looking for a bus to get us home, but instead, we ended up at the Circus Maximus. In case you don’t know what it is, the Circus Maximus was once a great oval stadium where the Ancient Romans used to do horse chariot races.
Now there is nothing left of the old arena except a big hole where it used to be. The ground is also still leveled like it was designed to be.
That day was enjoyable, and I can’t wait to have another awesome day like that in Rome!