Tuesday, 25 October 2011 00:17

Being a Temporary Roman and Seeing Gladiators at the Colosseum

Written by  Ken Ku
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Being in Rome for just four nights is definitely not enough to thoroughly explore the city but I was able to see some of the important sights: the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Piazza Venezia, Piazza del Popolo, and Fontana di Trevi.  Two places that I did not have a chance to go during this visit were Castel Saint Angelo and the Vatican.

One of the things I did see yesterday on the way to the Colosseum were Gladiators.  Normally they just stand there watching tourists go by but there was one gladiator that grabbed a tourist and wouldn't let her go.  Apparently they 'prey' on unsuspecting tourists and make them take a photo then charge high prices for this 'service'.  I don't know how true this is and how aggressive they are but maybe it would be a good idea to take a photo of the gladiators from a distance...unless you want to be give away 100€.

After the Colosseum we made our way towards the Pantheon.  What an amazing building.  I've had several surreal experiences on my trip so far.  So many things that I've read about or studied in my classical art history classes and now I'm seeing them in real life is just mind boggling.  There happened to be an English tour going on just as we went inside and Michelle and I stood right by the door eavesdropping on the narrator.  We didn't stay too long, just long enough to hear that the walls of the Pantheon are 20 feet thick and the diameter of the oculus is 30 feet across!

Among other things we did after the Pantheon was to visit the Piazza Navona, the centre of Ancient Rome.  Found a nice little cafe to have lunch, a place where they didn't charge a surcharge or cover like most places do.  After lunch we went to the Piazza del Popolo and then walked back toward Fontana di Trevi and the hostel to rest a bit before going out again in the evening.

We basically did the exactly the same route again at night just to see the difference.  It is beautiful in the daytime but spectacular at night.

Last modified on Tuesday, 25 October 2011 23:38
Ken Ku

Ken Ku

A photographer/printmaker/perpetual wanderer going on a backpacking adventure around the world.  Follow my journey as I discover new places and meet new people!

Website: www.kenkuphotography.ca
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