Look at Colosseum.
Don't expect to see all that you have seen in 'Gladiator' movie - but its walls are real and damn they're old! I cannot imagine what did these walls see. The bloom and the collapse of Roman Empire, early Christians, barbarians, medieval knights... During the medieval centuries this magnificent building was a bit destroyed by people who lived around - they used stones form Colloseum for building they own houses. But well, it stands still!
You can even notice some 'gladiators' in front of it, always waiting for tourists to take picture and have paid for that. Well, Mr. Crowe in Maximus's role looks more natural (or just closer to our stereotype???), but these guys are also ok, if you want to show your friends something special on your pictures.
The pyramid of Cestius
The pyramid of Cestius was built during the reign of the emperor Augustus, probably between 18 and 12 BCE. It is a remarkable monument, made of white Carrara marble and exactly 100 Roman feet (30 meters) high.
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If you have 3 full day in Rome, i would suggest buying the ROMA PASS which cost 20 Euro. It includes a city map which indicate the places of interest/museum and how to get there by bus and metro.It gives you the flexibility to take unlimited metro and bus ride for 3 days period. It's actually very convenient. For eg.After visiting Coloseum, you can catch the metro/bus at the nearest bus stop to your next destination.It actually saves you lots of time and walking when you get tired.And the best thing is it includes FREE ENTRANCE to the first 2 museum you visit and discount for the rest of the museum.Most of the museum you would like to visit is in in pass program like SAINT ANGELO MUSEUM, COLOSEUM MUSEUM, VILLA BORGHESE etc except VATICAN CITY MUSEUM.Ticket to S'Angelo museum/Coloseum alone cost over 10euro each.So it's quite a saving.And you can go through the fast track into Coloseum with the pass and do not need to queue the normal lane.I think ROMA PASS is better than the hop on n hop off bus tour which restrict to few stops only and you gotta go back to the desinated stop to catch the bus.And it's actually very easy to take bus in Rome city area coz there's a route table indicated at every bus stand.So you know you are heading the right place and won't go the wrong direction.You can buy the pass at Tourist Info Center in Station Termini,Leonard Da Vinci airport etc.
It has to be the wine bar,...
It has to be the wine bar, L'Antica Enoteca, nearby the Spanish steps, at Via Della Croce 76.
they have great wines, not too expensive, and the atmosphere is really nice, there are wall paintings all over the place, looks very cosy. It is in a very touristy area of Rome so there are a lot of foreigners about. They have lovely cheeses and very nice anti pasti. you can eat at the bar or outside on the terras, in the back they have tables if you want to have dinner.
The Flavian Amphitheatre
The Amphitheatrum Flavium, now known as the Colosseum, was built in the first century AD as a gift to the Roman citizens, by the Flavian emperors: begun by Vespasian in AD 72, continued by Titus, and completed by Domitian. The site had previously been an artificial lake in the park of Nero's residence, the Domus Aurea. The Colosseum is considered an architectural and engineering marvel, and remains as a standing proof of both the grandeur and the cruelty of the Roman world.
It was used for hunts and gladitorial games - capable of seating at least 50,000 people, the emperor and senators used the first level of seating, where family names are still carved today, while above them were other aristocrats who were not members of the senate. A third level held seats for other citizens (the wealthier they were the lower the seats), and a wooden structure at the very top was standing room for poor women.
Underneath the arena floor, which no longer exists, was a two-level subterranean network of tunnels and cages where gladiators and animals were held before contests began. Numerous trap doors in the floor provided instant access to the arena for caged animals and scenery pieces concealed underneath.
There are numerous legends surrounding the building, including the following:
"As long as the Colosseum stands, so shall Rome;
When the Colosseum falls, so shall Rome;
When Rome falls, so shall the world".
It's best to get there early, as with most sights; we got there at about 9.30am, and the queue was only just outside the building - by the time we came out, it was almost to the Arch of Constantine! The ticket to enter costs 11 euros and also gives access to the Palatine.