Michael and I booked a Rome on Your Own tour from the ship. A bus brought us into the city centre, basically at the front door of the Colosseum! Arriving at 10:45am, we exited the bus and could wander around Rome at our leisure with a return time to the drop off point of 4:30pm.
Here is what we saw as we exited the bus – the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum!
The Arch of Constantine:
Olive trees by the Arch:
Because it was Christmas Day, tours of the interior of the Colosseum were closed.
Seeing pictures of coworkers in front of the Colosseum, I guess I expected the Colosseum to be in the middle of a busy piazza. What it was was boarded up almost all the way around – busy with restoration and renovations and not so crowded (thankfully) because of the early hour.
Here are pictures as we walked around the Colosseum:
It’s hard to believe but right there to see – that this amazing structure was built over 1900 years ago and could hold an average of 65,000 people!!! Amazing!!
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Amazing architecture. On your own tour was the way to go!