October 20, 2013

Il primo giorno.

Day 1 into our trip and we slept in. As much as sleeping in is what a vacation is for, we were running on limited days. Explorations had to begin ASAP. It’s not everyday you wake up in the center of Rome. img_2065

There was a sweeeeeeeeet bakery behind our hostel that had THE BEST bread. Not to mention it was adjacent to a fresh fruit market. DOUBLE WHAMMY!

With breakfast in hand, we started our journey towards the Colosseum. We had decided walking would be the logical thing to do since all the ‘ruins’ we wanted to see were a stone throw away from the other. SO WE PLANNED TO WALK. remember this. ]

On the way to the Colosseum, we made various stops are places of worship, for gelato and take pictures. Typical tourists we were. And then we arrived!
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HISTORY LESSON

The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72,  and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus. The Colosseum’s original Latin name was Amphitheatrum Flavium, often anglicized as Flavian Amphitheater. The building was constructed by emperors of the Flavian dynasty, following the reign of Nero.

Although partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. In recent years the Colosseum has become a symbol of the international campaign against capital punishment, which was abolished in Italy in 1948. Several anti–death penalty demonstrations took place in front of the Colosseum in 2000. Since that time, as a gesture against the death penalty, the local authorities of Rome change the color of the Colosseum’s night time illumination from white to gold whenever a person condemned to the death penalty anywhere in the world gets their sentence commuted or is released, or if a jurisdiction abolishes the death penalty.

Most recently, the Colosseum was illuminated in gold in November 2012 following the abolishment of capital punishment in the American state of Connecticut in April 2012.


From the Colosseum we walked to the Pantheon. to gelato and the Trevi Fountain, which was PACKED with people. That didn’t deter us, however, from making it to the front and throwing in our wishes. Which meant there was only one thing left to do……EAT.

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Yes. We enjoyed an authentic Italian dinner with all the trimmings while watching the sun set. There was a request to see the Spanish stairs, and we were 10 minutes away walking, so we journeyed forth. That’s when the complaining started. And to make it even better, from the requester of this extra part of the day!

IMAGINE THAT IRONY.

Nonetheless, we reached our destination, and unfortunately our prize fountain was under intense construction. We did get to enjoy the view from the top of the stairs and the strange man who gave us roses, thinking the three of us were somehow a romantic unit. *cackles*

Sleep on the brain, we headed back to our hostel. The Vatican was the goal for Day 2, and they were discussing taking the metro. I was tempted to let them and enjoy my stroll there….

 

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