Visiting the heart of Ancient Rome
These three places are the main places in Rome that give you no choice but to look Rome right in its metaphorical face and think…wow you are old. Whether these sites come to mind when thinking of Rome and what makes it so popular and historically important, they really emphasize what it is that draws us all here. This place is literally ancient! And when you look at the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum you see it. Ruins have a magical way of taking you back in time, and these are not exempt from that.
Visiting the Colosseum
As many know, the Colosseum was once a stadium for gladiator contests and public spectacles like animal hunts, land and sea battle re-enactments, executions, and dramas. Although it isn’t used for any of that anymore, that doesn’t stop it from drawing in crowds larger than I even have the energy to imagine. I will not go as far to say that the Colosseum is beyond what any of us expect, but the experience is pretty surreal. It is one thing to visit, let’s say, a palace, you walk around the grounds with the other thousand people and struggle to imagine what living there could have been like. In the Colosseum, you are surrounded by thousands of other people but that’s exactly what it would have been like in 70 AD and that’s crazy! For many of us that don’t have a great imagination, it is even more amazing to be able to look out into the crowds of people within these ancient walls once filled with many of our ancestors and for maybe the only time in our life, feel like a Roman.
Visiting Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill was home to Romans since the 10th Century, so no wonder it falls under this list of truly ancient sites. In its later years it was home exclusively to emperors. What better place for an emperor to gaze over their domain than the centermost hill of the Seven Hills of Rome, looking over the Roman Forum and the Circus Maximus? Honestly, what better place for you, not an emperor but just as grand, too look out over Rome in standing in one of the oldest parts of it?
Visiting the Roman Forum
The Roman Forum is a plaza surrounded by the ruins of important government buildings, temples, and basilicas. This by far is one of my favorites because much of it is still standing. Walking through what used to be the center of the once proclaimed capital of the world really makes you feel how old this world is. Not only do you see how old it is from the obvious brutal effects of time on these buildings, but you can truly feel the time from the array of levels of deterioration. While some structures are literally no longer existing, or just a simple boulder, some are standing so tall you can almost picture walking through its doors.
The Eternal City, although she looks good for her age, has some amazing sites that truly immerse you into the ancient history of this city and these three sites do not shy away from painting as vivid of a picture as possible.
8.30am – 4.30pm (January 2 – February 15 / last Sunday of October to December 31)
8.30am – 5pm (February 16 – March 15)
8.30am – 5.30pm (March 16 to last Saturday of March)
8.30am – 7.15pm (last Sunday of March to August 31)
8.30am – 7pm (September 1 – September 30)
8.30am – 6.30pm (October 1 to last Saturday of October)
Entry fee: €12