Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Colosseo

Posted by Kero at Sunday, May 09, 2010
Great to be back blogging again! Thank you to my online visitors who continued to leave messages for the past three weeks. To show further my appreciation, I am taking you with us today for a visit to The Colosseo =)

We landed Fiumicino Airport (also called Aeroporto Leanordo Da Vinci) early morning of April 25. We were met by my province mate, Glenda who has been working in Italy for quiet awhile now. Truth is I was soo nervous before embarking for the holiday. We've never been out of Dubai for the past four years - which makes one complacent - and after reading those tourist advisory on thieves and pickpockets, I was not so sure if we made the right choice of destination). The only thing calming my nerves was that Glenda will be there to guide us.

The passport control area was stringent as expected. But the baggage claim was different at all. Nobody checked if passengers claimed their rightful luggage =). By this time, we noticed that nobody spoke the English language. You ask them for directions, they will reply in Italian. When we finally saw Glenda at the arrival area, we gave up speaking to the airport staff. Glenda confirmed, only 1 in 10 Italian speak the English language =)

Along with other tourists, we boarded a private taxi going to central Rome which is about 30 kms away .Charge: 15 Euro per person. We could have taken the train but hubby was in a hurry to see The Colosseo. Besides, we were on travel with a toddler and a cab was the quickest and most reasonable for us.

After checking in at the charming Hotel Priscilla (thank goodness, the staff knew basic English), we tidied up for a scheduled visit to Borghese Gallery before proceeding to the Roman Coliseum. Enjoy the photos!

Also called the Flavian amphitheater, Italy's iconic structure nevel fails to impress for its elegant, enduring bulk, and its disturbing former function as a theater of slaughter.



Inside as well, you will see displays of reconstructed Gladiator armors.


The famous Arch Of Constatine. It is located between the Colosseo and Palatine Hill. The masive arch was erected to commemorate Constantine's victory over Maxentius.

Daddy and Andreas goofing around with Gladiators outside.
The Roman Forum as seen from the Colosseo. While it is not one of the best preserved archaeological site of Ancient Rome, The Forum was the nerve center of the most powerful Western civilization in history for a thousand years. This is where political decisions were made, speeches delivered, and markets took place.

Our 4th Wedding Anniversary at the Eternal City.

Visiting The Colosseo, Palatine Hill, and The Roman Forum costs 11 Euro per person. You can also get a Roman Archaeological Card which is good for three days if you are staying longer in Rome.

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10 sweets for Kero:

Kayni on May 9, 2010 at 5:10 PM said...

Beautiful photos! Sounds like a great holiday in Italia :). More pics.

sheng on May 10, 2010 at 10:27 AM said...

Enjoyed the photos on FB dear...seems like you really had a wonderful 4th wedding anniversary...

Genejosh on May 10, 2010 at 12:20 PM said...

wow para din kaming nagvisit ng Italy with your photos sis..ang ganda!!! wow doon kayo nagcelebrated ng 4th wedding anniversary...how grand and sweet:)

mine's here:http://genefaithisawayfromhome.com/2010/05/eat-all-you-can-steamboat-dinner/

paulina glenda on May 10, 2010 at 3:42 PM said...
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paulina glenda on May 10, 2010 at 3:43 PM said...

paulina glenda said...
hello my dear....i just love reading your blogs....at talagang well mentioned pa c "ako" sa blog mo...thanks so much for that...highly appreciated....

i am more than happy to know that you,ceasar specially andrei enjoyed your stay here in italy....

anne on May 10, 2010 at 4:35 PM said...

that is so expensive and sweet I bet you enjoyed your wedding anniversary very very much thanks for the visit girl

Marice on May 10, 2010 at 11:32 PM said...

thats one of the places that I wish I could visit! thanks for the tour sis :)

Ebie on May 11, 2010 at 4:49 AM said...

Happy Anniversary! It is beautiful indeed and your photos make me want this for a holiday!

jeng on May 11, 2010 at 9:36 AM said...

Happy Anniversary! Your pictures are beautiful ; )

witsandnuts on May 11, 2010 at 11:12 AM said...

I also want my pic with the gladiators, hehehe.

 

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