Finally the sun decided to shine down on us in colossal fashion!
On our third day in Rome we hopped on the Metro, our destination the Colosseum. When we arrived we stepped off the Metro to be greeted with the colossal Colosseum and the glorious sun all in one go.
It is such a dramatic view. It also had quite a dramatic queue! So we thought we’d queue at the Roman Forum instead. Once you’ve paid, your ticket allows you into both the Forum and the Colosseum. So it’s wise to pick the shortest queue! We didn’t wait long until we were wandering through the ruins of the Roman Forum.
The Forum held many of the most important structures in the ancient city including government offices, shrines & temples. Parts of the Forum still hold onto the grand stature that once was, Whilst some areas showed a softer side.I’d love an orange and lemon tree at home!
After wandering and snapping photos for a few hours in the midday sun we realised we were parched. Seen as though picking the oranges and lemons was forbidden, we thought we’d better seek refreshments outside of the Forum.
Unfortunately we failed when it came to finding a nice spot for lunch near the colosseum. No restaurant or cafe seemed to stand out to us or fit what we wanted. So as not to waste anymore time searching, we just grabbed a quick coffee, pastry and a few bottles of water and carried on to the Colosseum. Built around 70-80 AD, the Colosseum is considered the largest ampitheatre in the world. It was home to all manner of events from gladiatorial contests to theatrical plays to executions. It’s quite an impressive place.
We came to the decision that we’d spent enough time sight seeing for the day and the hunt for dinner was on.
We took a long stroll through the streets, admiring some of the Italian buildings.
Some grand… Some colourful and traditional. We eventually stumbled upon the Piazza Pasquino and found a quaint restaurant called Cantina & Cucina
We also shared a bucket of deep fried fresh squid. These little critters were delizioso! My homemade Ravioli was probably the most simple and rustic plate of food I’d had so far and my favourite of the holiday.
For dessert we shared their signature homemade Tiramisu.
Feeling like we’d eaten and drunk ourselves to a colossal standstill it was time to meander the streets back to our hotel.
We may have stopped off at a gelateria on the way home……
Well, when in Rome!