Day 2 Folks!
These guys were allllllll over Italy. Just floating there. Jason and I think there was a magnet at work here, because he didn’t float anywhere else. What a boring job though. No one was giving him money so much as weird looks. I took a picture.
So today was the tour of the Colosseum!
That ish is big. I mean you think it’s big anyways, because of the name, but man. Up close, it’s daunting.
Our Tour Guide, David, was hilarious and perfect. He explained that in Italy they reuse everything. So the building itself isn’t crumbling so much as it was pilfered way back to build things like Saint Peter’s Basilica. The metal was removed from the stone as well as parts of the wall once the actual building was no longer in use.
David then went on to explain the history of the Colosseum. Apparently, they just gave tickets away. There was no charge. So normal people could come and sit in the nose bleed sections to watch the gruesome horror that was these battles.
Speaking of battles…
There were over 5,000 people and animals slaughtered in this ruin back in the day. The Romans were more barbaric than I thought possible. They would put two things in the arena together without letting either know who they would be fighting.
For example (This is not confirmed by history, just things I’m making up)
- Bear vs. Zebra
- Lion vs. Prisoner
- Zebra vs. Prisoner (I kind of would like to see this… I mean did they just stare at each other)
- Tiger vs. Bear
- Prisoner vs. Gladiator
and so on. TALK ABOUT HUNGER GAMES GUYS. That was all I was thinking throughout the tour was how in the movie they shoot up by this pod elevator and then have to fight to the death. Well that is kind of like here, without the training.
This was all for the amusement of the leaders and the people of Rome. Fun times.
THE STAIRS. OMG. Of all the things to be thankful for not living back then, I think the one that got me the most was stairs. Holy hamstrings.
We then ventured into more Ancient Rome…
And what would this post be without some food pictures!
Hmmmm I guess we just drank that day. So there are pictures of Jason and wine. Two of my very favorite things.
Sadly tomorrow we leave Rome and depart for Florence… I promise you’ll love it as much as we did!