Saturday, 13 September 2008

12 September 2008 to 13 September 2008

Florence, Italy to Orvieto, Italy to Rome, Italy

12 September 2008

Florence to Orvieto to Rome

Today we drove to Rome via Orvieto fortunantley this time it wasn't as hot as the last time I went. Once in Rome we picked up some new recruits and headed off on our (very long) walking tour of Rome. It was good though, when me and Debra walked around we had no idea what everything was so it was nice to be able to understand what everything was about.

13 September 2008

Today we had a much needed sleep in before heading to the Vatican City to check out the museum, Sistene Chapel and St Peter's bascilica. In the Sistene Chapel we viewed Michaelangelo's handy work and were told off numerous times by the guards. The guards there are solely employed to say "no photo" and "shhh". In the afternoon we headed for a wander around the Roman Forum - in Rome there are only two sets of train lines because everytime they try and build another line they come across roman remains and have to excuvate which slows down the process - and then we headed into the Colessum.
Inside the Colessum was different that I imagined.

The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre is an elliptical amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96).Originally capable of seating around 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. As well as the gladiatorial games, other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.

As we all had laundy to do, the night was spent drinking it up in the laundry room.

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