In a single day I conquered all the main attractions in Rome!
Below are my earlier posts in case you missed any of them:
My Europe Trip 2019 Part 1 – Thai Airways Business Class Boeing 777-300ER KL to Bangkok and Royal Silk Lounge Bangkok.
My Europe Trip 2019 Part II – Thai Airways Business Class Bangkok To Copenhagen & 1st Day In Copenhagen
My Europe Trip 2019 Part III – Day 2 In Copenhagen And What You Must Do
My Europe Trip 2019 Part III+ – Rome Here I Come
Rome Day 2
We left the hotel at about 9am and the temperature was still not high at 24 degrees celcius which was comfortable.
The first stop for this morning was Trevi Fountain and I must say it is truly magnificent.
From Trevi Fountain we walked to Spanish Steps.
After checking out Spanish Steps, we headed to Pantheon where we get to enter for FREE. The Pantheon used to be a Pagan Temple and the best preserved ancient building in Rome but have been converted to a church.
I tell you the Pantheon is an engineering marvel considered it was build thousands of years ago with a dome roof where there is a hole in the middle (I later learned the hole is to allow smoke to escape when the Pagans were burning whatever inside the temple).
We dropped by Pompi, which is very near to Pantheon, for some tiramisu and we ordered the classic and strawberry which were really really good.
We then had lunch at the No.1 restaurant in the world, i.e. McD.
After lunch we headed back to the hotel to rest for an hour before the main event of the day which my youngest daughter had booked for us, i.e. 3 hours Colosseum and Roman Forum Tour with special entrance to the Colosseum via the Gladiator Gate.
Bus Ride To Colosseum
The hotel receptionist advised us to take Bus No. 87 to Colosseum and the ticket could be bought at the Tobacco Shop next to the hotel entrance.
The one way ticket cost less than EUR2 per pax and I bought tickets for the return trip too.
Once we boarded the bus, we needed to validate the bus ticket by inserting it into a machine, photo below:
The tour of the Roman Forum and Colosseum started at 3pm when the sun was blazing hot.
Below are some photos taken during the tour of the Roman
Above is a photo of a Pagan Temple which was subsequently converted to a Church. Note the entrance door….. that was the street level during the Medieval Times … the land we were standing has been heavily excavated by archeologists.
The reason why I wanted to come to Rome was to visit the Colosseum where Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris had their epic fight. Plus I promised to take my youngest daughter to Italy if she did well in her VCE Exams (Victoria Certificate of Education) in 2018, which she did and even won an award by the Premier of Victoria Australia for having the best result for one particular subject.
We entered the Colossuem via a special gate which had no queue…. the Gladiators’ Gate straight into the Arena Stage!
Below of photos taken while we were inside the Colosseum:
The tour ended at about 6pm…. and I was sun burned!
Well, I conquered Rome in a day! We visited the all the main tourist attractions, i.e. Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, Roman Forum and Colosseum before the day ended 🙂
We then took the bus back to the hotel and rested for less than an hour and went for dinner at a nearby restaurant called Origana but they had a Private Event and only serving pizza to those who did not make any reservation. Well the pizza was pretty good.
After dinner we headed to another Gelato store for dessert.
To be continued…