But who cares. The place is magnificent, both on a large scale and in the small scale details.
|Really, really big|
|Yet the details are just as interesting|
|As is the imposing exterior|
|Gladiators doing their thing|
|That's the inside wall. You can just imagine the whole thing|
|A huge wow, but not when it sits next to the Colosseum|
Of course, next door is the Forum. This was my 3rd time into the Forum, and after seeing Ostia Antica and Pompeii, I realized the Forum was less impressive than either of those two. But it is in downtown Rome, so the setting's pretty impressive. Still, we took 293 pictures in the Forum.
|Arch of Titus|
|A whole lot of history|
|I like columns|
|Titus in the sun|
Yeah, you can just shoot a LOT of photos in the Colosseum and Forum. A lot.
- The ticket for the Colosseum and Forum allows for one visit to each in a 48 hour period. Most people do them both in one day, and you certainly can do this without being rushed. But you can also hit just one each day and do them in more depth.
- There are 3 ticket entrances. The one at the Colosseum is mind-numbingly busy; avoid it. The main one for the Forum off Via dei Fori Imperiali is busy. The Palatine Hill entrance near the Arch of Constantine is a lot less busy, plus it's all of 5 minutes from the Colosseum. With your ticket, you basically walk straight into the Colosseum without waiting in line. So get your ticket at the Palatine entrance, then go the Colosseum.
- There's a Carrefour Express grocery store that sells pretty good fresh made sandwiches behind the Colosseum on Via dei Santi Quattro (turn LEFT coming out the exit).