Ok – last post on Italy. I saved Rome for last mostly because it was totally my least favorite. It was like a big LA with 2,000 year old buildings there. And I was cranky and hot and there is no air conditioning anywhere as I already mentioned so with all those factors combined – Rome was my least fav. But it was pretty awesome to ride through the town and see modern buildings and then all of the sudden go down a hill and there is the Colosseum just right there, with a gelato place right across the street. The Colosseum was finished in 80 AD so it is legit 2,000 years old. To the people of Rome at the time this structure was built, it was known as the Flavian Amphitheater. It was super interesting to picture how this must have looked years ago – gleaming white marble slabs for seats, wooden floor covered with sand to absorb blood, subterranean complex of passages and rooms, cages for the lions and tigers, food stores for the spectators, robing room for the spectators beneath it and trap doors everywhere making for some epic surprises I am sure. And to think it was in use for 450 years. We should probably start using stadiums that long too.
I loved these umbrella pines. Wish they grew like that here.
Vatican City was right on the other side of this building.
Before we headed out, we saw the Trevi fountain. It was gorgeous and packed with people. So many people everywhere. This fountain was built to mark the end of a pure water aqueduct that was found in 19 BC. The scene on the facade is supposed to depict Roman technicians finding the water source and bringing the water to the city.