Friday, May 23, 2014
Rome day 1: Colosseum, Fori Imperiali, Altare della Patria
I haven't posted much lately. Reason is that I've hardly been home over the past months as I've been crossing things out on my bucket list. I just came back from my first Cannes Film Festival, and in between Cannes and the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, I went on a trip to Rome, Italy, with my boyfriend and his parents. Here's an overview of our first day in Rome. Unfortunately, my camera broke down so these are just iPhone pictures.
We arrived in Rome in the early afternoon and headed straight toward the Colosseum. Like most people, I thought I knew what to expect of the largest amphitheater in the world until I went inside. It literally took my breath away. Not the size of it, but its beauty. It's hard to imagine that thousands of gladiators and animals were made to fight one another in this stunning arena. In any case, visiting the Colosseum was enough for me to fall in love with the city. None of these pics do it justice though.
Right outside of the Colosseum we could see the Fori Imperiali which was once the center of the Roman Empire. Speeches, elections, parades – it all happened here.
At the end of the Fori Imperiali we arrived at Mussolini's Altare della Patria, which the Romans know as 'the typewriter', since it resembles just that.
While looking for a restaurant we got lost around Circo Massimo where the chariot races used to take place. We were so tired we didn't even notice the famous La Bocca della Verità (The Mouth Of Truth), a marble statue that's believed to bite your hand off if you tell a lie.
Finally, we settled for the Enoteca Ristorante Barberini which was on our way back to the hotel. Both the food and wine were first-rate.