The Colosseum, or Flavian amphitheatre, is the second largest structure remaining from ancient times. I’ll let you work out the largest (Lucy and Sarah are keen to visit it and Egypt). It is amazing to think that it was used as a storehouse and pillaged so the marble and stone could be used on building projects initiated by the Catholic Church. Then again, I guess the place hardly symbolises what is most noble in human nature and it may make sense on a number of levels for it to have been dismantled.
The girls do not seem weary of all the ‘Roman history’ we seem to be imbibing on this trip. We have talked about Hadrian’s Wall being the furthest outpost of empire and now, in Rome, we are at the centre. Not really sure how much Sarah gets it but certainly she is an enthusiast, at this stage.
Sarah was allowed to buy anything she wanted in the gift shop for being such a good traveller. She spent ages looking closely at all kinds of things, especially jewellery and figurines of gladiators. Ultimately, she chose a book about a boy who is walking around the Colosseum with his family and is mysteriously transported back in time, meets the emperor and has a series of adventures. Good choice, Sarah!
Il Colosseo is very impressive but like other experiences we have had in Italy is not well-served by staff or systems. It is interesting that most museums and attractions in Italy permit EU residents under the age of 25 for free but charge a 5 and a 7 year old full price. I guess the logic is if you are keen enough to fly to Europe it is likely payment will be forthcoming. I quibble. It was worth it!