Our first day in Rome was spent exploring Rome’s ancient history, beginning with the Pantheon. Built as a place of worship between 118 and 125 A.D, the Pantheon was originally dedicated to all of the gods of Ancient Rome. Make sure you look up when entering, as the Pantheon dome is a definite highlight of the building. I think I have developed a new thing for ceilings. Seriously, ceilings in Europe are amazing.
Situated in the historical centre of Rome, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre in the world. Once the site of gladiator fights and the stands full of spectators, today it one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. Which is why it is best to book your tickets online and avoid the lines! It is a very impressive structure that provides spectacular views and a taste of life in the Roman Empire.
I had always assumed that the Colosseum would be the highlight of our trip to Rome, how wrong I was! Don’t get me wrong, the Colosseum was impressive (and probably would have been more so had it not been 37 degrees!). However, it was the Roman Forum that impressed me most. Walking through the ruins I could actually imagine what this part of the city must have been like centuries ago, back when it was the centre of Roman public life.