We spent our final day in Rome (you can check out our adventures in gelato here!) visiting the arguably most iconic sight-the colloseum. After thoroughly enjoying our final hotel breakfast (and getting reprimanded for using the espresso machine incorrectly) we were on our way to Ancient Rome.
We’d booked tickets ahead of time, and therefore waited in a shorter line, but didn’t book them far enough ahead to get the tour that provided more access. If that’s something you want, definitely book a few months ahead. We grabbed audio guides and were on our way. The audio guides whisk you around the colloseum, explaining how it was built, the engineering that went into elaborate sets that made the fights more entertaining and how your place in society dictated where you sat. You can still see senators names carved into their seats in some places.
After exiting the colloseum, we headed for the Roman Forum (your ticket gets you into both) and walked through quickly (we were hungry) reading our guidebook’s description and map. The ruins of the temples and Roman marketplace are here, and Julius Caesar’s tomb. It’s interesting to wander through, but requires a bit of imagination as it’s mostly ruins.