Today is officially day number six on my adventures in Rome. I have seen so many sites the past few days and have learned a great deal of information on some of these areas. Although we have explored many areas of the city, we have probably spent the most time in Ancient Rome. This contains some of the most famous architecture Rome is known for such as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. It has been astounding to see the pieces that are still standing and learn about the early history of Rome’s civilization.
The Colosseum is arguably one of the most famous pieces of architecture in the world today. Its plastered in history books, art records, and even one of those automatic screen savers on a computer. But, seeing the Colosseum in front of you is an experience I can hardly explain. The size, detail, and history behind this ancient arena is something you need to see to believe.
I knew I was coming to Rome. I researched pictures of the different sites I would see. I even google mapped the area. But seeing the Colosseum right there was magical and honestly one of my favorite moments I have experienced in my 20 years of life. The size of this arena is gigantic to say the least. I cannot believe that is was created without modern machines and equipment and that it only took eight years! Also the fact that it is still standing is extremely impressive.
When looking at the Colosseum, there is immense detail everywhere you look. First, there are 80 entrances on the bottom level, each which has a Roman numeral on the top indicating the doorway. This was used as we use tickets in modern day arenas. Each person was assigned a designated area to sit (depending on their social class of course) and their ‘ticket’ told them where to go. There is also so many small rooms and tunnels underneath that the animals and gladiators walked through. Although I could explain the Colosseum for hours, in short it is extremely ahead of its time and set the standard for arenas that we still construct today,
Although we have not toured the Roman Forum, we have seen it from the street numerous times. The Forum contains many ruins from the earliest civilizations in Rome. There are evidence of numerous temples and statues devoted to either emperors, gods, or both. It is quite interesting to see how much the people praised their rulers and the gods, as well as of how highly the emperors thought of themselves. Even though not much remains in this area, you can definitely get a feel of how the early systems of social classes and government were working in the city.
There are a total of seven major hills in Rome and one of the most famous is Palatine Hill. This can be found right near the Colosseum and the Forum. This hill is very interesting because it once was the home of the emperors in Rome. Like the Forum, there is not a large amount of ruins intact, but you can get an idea of where things were in relationship to others. The hill was once the most important part of the city, and feelings of that still remain.
One aspect of Palatine Hill that remains is how extravagant the emperor lived. He would have had direct access to the Colosseum, Forum, Circus Maximus, and a great view because he was on top of the hill. His home was extremely large and elegantly decorated with large amounts of marble. I think it is very interesting to see how the emperors lived such a upscale life and how they had the rest of society serving them.
So far Rome has been such an amazing experience. I feel like there is something new to see every day and we are now comfortable navigating through the city. I am so excited to see what else this city has in store, Ciao!