I was sweating within 3 minutes of leaving the B&B
Rome is overwhelming, even if you are visiting for a year. I knew that I had planned a full itinerary, but had hoped to have some down time just to let it all sink in. Ahhhhh..................no. Get a move on! There are ruins with your name on them, Bob!
We began at the Colosseum (again). Actually, our time there was quite laid back. It was early enough in the day that there were not that many people, the temperature had not yet reached "broil" status and there were lots of opportunities for shade along the way. There is little you can say to describe being in the Colosseum. I am not going to try. Below is a picture I took inside:
A link to better pictures than I could manage:
And a link to history:
The same can be said for the Palatine Hill and Forum. These ruins are indescribable.
I must make a confession here. We didn't actually "do" the Forum. By the time we had trudged up and around the Palatine Hill (once completely covered with a palace all the way from the Forum to the Circus Maximus) we couldn't face the Forum. I snapped some pictures, pointed out a couple of highlights and we crawled, whimpering toward the Metro for the Borghese.