Reputedly the world's smallest inhabited island it connects the Ghetto area on one side of the Tiber by the Ponte Fabricio - Rome's oldest standing bridge - and the other side to Trastevere.
It has been associated with healing since the third century and there is still a hospital here.
Cats napping atop ancient pillars
In the Torre Argentina there's a huge sunken area full of ruins, and what seems like hundreds of lurking and lounging stray cats. There are cats everywhere in Rome (including the Colliseum) but nothing like this spot. Its since been turned into a cat sanctuary, so the cats are cared for. Be sure to give a donation while there...
You absolutely have to walk about the streets at night when the monuments are lit up and everything looks so beautiful. There are thousands of other people doing the same thing and it's just magical. Get yourself a gelato and take your time soaking up the atmosphere.
Then when you've tired of walking, stop in to a bar and have a drink or two or three! It's a wonderful way to finish up a day in this beautiful city. None
I actually found it pretty hard to find somewhere that did pasta, Rome just seems full of pizza bars and junk food outlets.
In our time in Rome we only came across 3 pubs too, it seemed the only place to get a beer was standing in one of these pizza parlours swigging from a bottle.
The pubs we did find charged us different amounts for each time we got a beer. Everywhere in Rome seemed to try and rip you off. The burger type vans dotted around were the worst.
Near our hotel just down from the termini was a place called Pizza village, this was the cheapest food and the best i thought. For 2Euro he did a large pitta bread full of chips and a sausage as example.
The Roman Coliseum is an elliptical amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. It is east of the Roman Forum, its construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus.
The Colosseum is capable of seating 50,000 spectators, andwas used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. As well as the gladiatorial games, other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.
It has been estimated that about 500,000 people and over a million wild animals died in the Colosseum games. We were impressed by the tourists posing with people wearing gladiator costumes. Tourists were lined up for hours; we found a private company and overpaid them to get inside this massive structure.