I had no idea when we walked up to the colosseum this day that I would get in for free! We actually thought we were in a tourist trap when they were telling us I didn’t have to pay. Nothing is free these days! But it was true!
It was International Women’s Day and all women entered for free! Ken and I had been to Rome twice and had yet to go inside to Colosseum, so I wasn’t about to pass that up! I wonder what other holidays get you a free pass to tourist attractions….Anyone know?
A little colosseum tip for us to you : Join in on one of the tours. Yes, it’ll cost a little extra (I think we paid about 20 Euros each for the tour but we didn’t mind because my general admittance was free anyways) but to us it is totally worth the time you save. We were there on a week day and the line to get in was easily 2 hours long. We were willing to wait in it, but for an extra 20 Euros, we could get in within 5 minutes and use those hours saved doing other things. Totally worth it to us. We weren’t going to be in Rome forever! We wanted to make good use of our time!
We prefer to tour around by ourselves so we just went our separate way from the group once we were in.
The lower part of the Colosseum (pictured above on the right) was made up of small rooms and corridors where the gladiators waited for their turn to fight. They said it was a filthy place – full of all sorts of gross things – blood, urine – everything. Hard to imagine what it really looked like back then.
Have you ever been to the Colosseum? Ken actually thought it was much smaller than he had imagined.
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I know I’ve said it many times, but Ken and I love to just wander around and get lost when we travel. We often don’t make much of a plan for the day and instead just see where we end up. After we left the Colosseum, we wandered down a random street where there weren’t many tourist and stumbled across this little spot. It was past 12pm so we opted for beer over water – haha! And snacked on a few nuts and things. We didn’t want to fill up too much because we wanted to be hungry for a meal we had been looking forward to since the last time we were in Rome. It’s the best pasta we’ve found in Rome – I’ll be sharing more on that in my next Rome post – stay tuned!