Blood Sweat & Gladiators… A weekend in Rome part 4

 If you close your eyes to the searing heat burning through your eyelids and making your eyeballs sweat.

You can almost feel the vibrations running through the ground, from wooden wheels racing around dirt tracks. The neighing of horses awaiting their turn & the smell of sweat running down the bare, tanned, muscular backs of the brave drivers careering around the corners, spraying sand and stones into the cheering sun drenched crowds.

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                         Modern day gladiators                 Chariot racing grounds runs along the modern day road.

Opening your eyes you see modern day Rome, the heat is still the same but the chaotic sounds of a crazed modern day city now assault all of your senses at once. The sounds of cars, horns ,scooters, voice’s and music the constant background sound of the modern human race.

There is so much to see, so much has changed and yet also so much of the history has been dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

Between metallic shining modern buildings nestles thousand year old ruins. You can sill see parts of the chariot racing tracks, between the rows of honking modern vehicles. Scooters zip around buzzing like swarms of angry bees around the Colosseum

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The Upgraded face of the Colosseum                  The real face of the Colosseum 

The tastes of all the different foods drifting down alleyways. The faint smell of sun burnt skin and sweat as the tourists Que to get into the historic monuments.

All the different languages from around the modern world mingling into one sound. People everywhere Skypeing and taking selfies with the pantheon  a building built nearly 2000 years ago.

Do they care about the history of these places or will it just make a cool facebook profile photo? IMG_8432IMG_8439

We walked up just to touch one of the 8 main columns out front. You can almost feel the age radiating through the stone warming the palm of your hand.

If these column’s could speak imagine the stories they would tell us.

Deciding to play the tourist for a while we hop on one of those open top tour buses and do a whole loop around the city it defiantly gives you a different perspective from up there.

Modern day Rome is actually just built directly on top of the old city so when you come across areas where they have excavated the ruins the whole street is meters lower then modern day Rome.


3 thoughts on “Blood Sweat & Gladiators… A weekend in Rome part 4

  • October 26, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    Sounds like a great weekend do you recommend anywhere else in italy to visit?

    • October 29, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Pisa and Florence are both amazing and of course venice. Plan to visit the south next visit

  • October 27, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Yeah that column was pretty epic. You’re right though, if i think back a little, I still get that feeling of… age. Like old stone. I know you pick up a rock and its hundreds of millions of years old normally, but that. That felt older.

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