Friday, April 20, 2007

April 8th - Got up late after our late night out last night. After breakfast, we caught the Metro over to the Coliseum. The Coliseum is as stunning in person as you would think from the pictures. While we were figuring out the lines, a guy approached us selling tours. It came in two parts - the first half covering the inside of the Coliseum and the second half covering Palatine Hill.

The tour was definitely worth it. It added a bunch of new info I didn't have as well as a added context to a lot of info I already did have. It also gave us free time to walk around the sights during the tours. Each half had a different guide and the second one was a little more personable but they were both good.

After the tour ended, looked around Palatine Hill some more and the descended to the Forum area where we spent the rest of the afternoon. It was very interesting seeing all of the ruins from various periods of Imperial Rome.

At the end of the afternoon, it started to rain so we went inside the Capitoline Museum, which has a ton of great sculptures including an amazing equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius.

For supper, we walked across the inner city to the Pantheon/Piazza Navona area to get to a restaurant recommended by one of our guide books. It turned out to have good decor, a very tricky location to get to, and only mediocre food.

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