Being at the Colosseum was yet another one of those moments that really puts into perspective for me just how amazing it feels to be “right there.” I gave my best shot wrapping my head around the history of the Colosseum: how old it is (2,000 years), and all the incredible things that have taken place there. Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public shows such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical Mythology. Although today it stays partially ruined because of damage caused by devastating earthquakes and robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Rome.
After a lengthy exploration at the Colosseum, I continued on foot to check out the Pantheon. Afterwards, I honoured tradition at the Trevi Fountain and threw a coin in the fountain’s waters (meant to improve your chances of returning to Rome!)