Rome Day 4

Today we decided to scope out the Colosseum. We had a dedicated tour set up for the next day but we just couldn’t wait. Plus I thought maybe we could get some good evening pics.

We had been walking for about 25 minutes and just as we came to the top of the hill we were met with the amazing sight of the ancient amphitheatre. So cool!

We walked around the entire complex admiring the massive structure from a distance. Soon enough we would be inside.

We continued on the main road toward numerous monuments and ruins. It really gets hard to keep up with what’s what.

The area consists of the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Trajan’s Market, Altar of the Fatherland, and more.

Trajan’s Market/Forum/Column

Trajan was emperor of Rome between 98 and 117 A.D.

Trajan’s Market is believed to be the first shopping mall in history. Built between 100 and 110 A.D.

Trajan’s Column is a Roman triumphal column that commemorates Roman emperor Trajan’s victory in the Dacian Wars.

The Roman Forum is a rectangular forum surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. It served as a public area in which commercial, religious, economic, political, legal, and social activities occurred. Historians believe people started gathering in this open air forum around 500 B.C.

We walked around the Forum and Palatine Hill on our tour so more on this later. But as you can see you can easily see several amazing sights without paying a single Euro!

The Victor Emmanuel II National Monument aka Altar of the Fatherland aka The Wedding Cake, is a national monument built in honor of Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy. Built between 1885-1925.

The views are what drew us to the building. You can see for miles up there!

We got so lucky catching this at sunset.