IMG_3117 It’s an exciting day — we had a couple of things on the agenda the day after the Vatican. First, we strolled down the streets of Rome and headed to the Pantheon. IMG_3160

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A different kind of package delivery system

IMG_7117 First we stopped at a famous plaza,  Piazza Trinità dei Monti, and the Spanish Steps, the monumental stairway of 135 steps.  Along the climb is a house that belonged to the famous English poet, John Keats, who lived and died there. IMG_7104

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Piazza Trinità dei Monti

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Is this a car or a scooter?

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I researched The Pantheon on the web, and here is what I found: “Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.[3] The height to the oculus and the diameter of the interior circle are the same, 43.3 metres (142 ft).[4] It is one of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings. It has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a church dedicated to “St. Mary and the Martyrs” (Latin: Santa Maria ad Martyres) but informally known as “Santa Maria Rotonda”.[5] The square in front of the Pantheon is called Piazza della Rotonda.” IMG_3147 IMG_3131 Yes, when it rains, the water comes in to the Pantheon.

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These doors were recently renovated and now can be closed by one person!

After some great Italian food, we went to to the Coliseum.  I was so excited to see this place! IMG_7120 IMG_3267

And it did not let me down! Let me share my excitement and enthusiasm with you:

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The Coliseum is in many pictures describing Rome.

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I love pano views! I learned how to do them on the IPhone.

It is a two thousand year old arena that was used mostly for gladiators to fight to their deaths. I don’t understand why people wanted to watch this, were they cheering “Die, Die, Die!” or “Go out and die for your old man!” It was terrible.

IMG_7157 After someone would die, they would lay sand over the blood so they could have another round of fighting. IMG_3173 I

n between matches jugglers and musicians would entertain the crowd. Things were definitely different back then, right?

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You can see down below where they would le the animals out.

Later on, humans came up with better ideas for the coliseum, like a theater.  The church put an end to the brutality.

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Piazza Venezia – Vittoriano – close to the Coliseum

There are other ruins right outside the coliseum, too.  These are called “the Forum,” where there was a marketplace and government structures.  Cool, huh?  The Roman Forum!

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Believe it or not, I think it’s about time to pack our bags (again) and catch the train for the next stop, Florence!

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One thought on “When in Roma….. The Pantheon and The Coliseum

  1. Another awesome report! Way to go! I love all your pics and info, esp the DHL delivery bike….I want THAT for my next job! 🙂
    Looking forward to more from Florence and points onward>>>>>

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