Spring Break – Rome Day 1

 If you are considering going to Rome, may I offer you some advice. DO NOT go over Easter, unless you like being packed into subway cars like sardines and coming out drenched in sweat which may or may not be your own. Just sayin’…

Other than that we had a fabulous time :)

We couldn’t have asked for better weather. It was simply beautiful! In fact a few of us even ended up with a little bit of a sunburn.

Our first stop was the Roman Colosseum. In order to save some money and avoid the lines we stopped at the train station and got the Roma Pass. The Roma Pass covers free public transportion and free entry to many Roman sights for three days. Unfortunately, the person at the ticket office gave us some miss information and told us that the kids would get in free to the coleseum so we should just buy them 3 day train tickets instead of Roma Passes. Well, once we got to the Colosseum we found out that the kids were not free, and we found ourselves needing to buy tickets, and that meant having to stand in a really long line. Fortunately, one of the employees took pity on us and took us to the front of the ticket line.

The Colosseum was a great place to begin. It’s one historical site that all the girls had heard of and they were so excited to see it in person.

From one of the windows of the Colosseum you could see the Arch of Constantine (the Roman Emperor that legalized Christianity.)

From another window, you could see the Roman Forum in the background.

After the Colosseum, we found a little restaurant and had some lunch. We may have spent a little too much time at the Colosseum, because the girls were exhausted and we still had to see the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. On the walk to the Forum we bought the girls some gelatos to help keep them going. Then we found some nice ruins to sit on while we enjoyed them.

The girls were not nearly so interested in the Forum. There just isn’t enough of it intact to capture their interest. It’s hard to imagine all this rubble being the center of Rome.

Palatine Hill was a little more interesting for the girls as there were active archealogical digs that you were allowed to go and see. The following picture is of the hut believed to belong to Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

One last picture from Palantine Hill before we head to the apartment to rest. It’s been a long day.

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