We had lunch on the other side of the Tiber River in a district of Rome called Trastevere. The area is very picturesque with its cobble stone streets, colorful buildings and overgrown greenery. We found a quiet restaurant with seating outside where we stopped to enjoy an amazing Italian lunch. I had gnocchi with alfredo sauce (heaven!) and Adam had seafood risotto. Lunch was perfectly delicious and gave us enough energy to venture off into the hot (HOT!) summer sun to explore the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Like the prepared travelers that we are, Adam and I pre-purchased our tickets for the Colosseum before hand and once again, boy are we glad that we did! The line was incredibly long and I couldn’t imagine how miserable it must have been to stand in that torturous heat waiting to just purchase your ticket (especially while watching others fly by you joyfully waving their pre-purchased tickets in the air).
Soon we were in the Colosseum. Adam couldn’t control his excitement of walking where gladiators fought so long ago. I couldn’t get over its size. The Colosseum is massive and ominous. We walked around the arena drawing in our mind how it looked in its heyday.
After the Colosseum, we made our way to the Roman Forum. I had pre-downloaded Rick Steve’s audio tour and we followed that while exploring the area (The audio tour was great. We learned so much and it was really easy to follow!). It was amazing to be in the heart of the religious and political center of Ancient Rome.