On the way we took some pictures of the forum, which is on either side of the street on your way to the Colosseum. We also took these pictures of the old Roman Empire and its territories. I thought this was pretty cool.
Inside on the upper floor there were a lot of artifacts from the Middle Ages. Things like dice, dishes, and money. I thought those were really neat to see.
For those who have been living under a rock, the Colosseum was built in 72 AD and was used for fights between gladiators (to the death), and wild animal fights. The fights were staged free of charge and it could hold some 55,000 spectators. The wealthy and upper class sat closest to the fights and the everyday people sat higher up according to class. Gladiators were usually slaves or prisoners of war. If one was badly wounded, the Emperor would hold his thumb up or down to determine if the gladiator would live or die. Dead gladiators were carried off on stretchers by attendants dressed as Charon, the mythical ferry of the dead.
Now, the floor of the Colosseum has eroded away so that you can see the floors beneath the stage area where the gladiators and animals were kept before they fought. It was fascinating to stand there and imagine what took place back then.
The House of Livia still has some of the original frescos on the walls. That was pretty incredible. We also saw the gardens and crypt as well while Kaden got a little nap in his stroller.
I should note that Kaden’s favorite part of the trip was, without a doubt, playing in the hotel room where he could sit at the window in the “nook” and wave at/talk to the people in the street below. He even got the Indians who were selling knock-off stuff below us to clap and blow kisses with him and he laughed. If we hadn’t forced him to go out sight-seeing, he would have been perfectly content to sit at that window all day long.
We came back from our best lunch of all time and rested our feet while Kaden played. The we headed out again in the direction of Piazza Novana. We enjoyed some gelato while sitting fountain-side. The artists in the city are actually quite amazing, so we walked among the paintings throughout the piazza looking at them.
As I’ve already mentioned, there are plenty of innovative souls willing to do nearly anything to a Euro. In addition to the violinist and the Statue of Liberty, we saw a king Tut (several times), a glass-player, and several magicians.
In the piazza there is a church of St. Agnes that was built on the grounds of a brothel where St. Agnes, at age 12 or 13, who had refused to marry the son of the Prefect Sempronius, was dragged naked through the streets to the brothel where, as she prayed, her hair grew to cover her naked body. It is also said that all of the men who tried to rape her were struck blind. The legend says that she was tied to a stake but the bundle of wood would not light, so she was instead beheaded. Her bones rest in a catacomb beneath the church that is there now.
This is the ceiling of St. Agnes.
We then headed back over to our little trattoria where we ate lunch to have some dinner. We each chose different meals, but agreed that the first ones were better. They were still very good, and even better with another half liter of wine. Kaden was a good boy too, which always makes mealtime more enjoyable for everyone.
After dinner we went for a walk and ended up getting more Suppli and wine at a little bar. Naturally, Kaden flirted with the little Spanish girl we sat beside and I was excited to be able to understand about 80% of what she said. Stu and I had a great conversation about Spanish phrases and then we decided to call it a day and settled down to read and write, respectively.
Kaden at dinner.
I just had to put this in there because this is the fountain in from of the Pantheon in the middle of the day... remember how Kaden was on it alone? This is how it normally looks.