Travel Tuesday: Rome

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Rome has been one of my all time favourite places to visit and was the first non-english speaking country I visited alone.  I visited last Christmas for three days and stayed at a lovely hotel aptly named Hotel Romae.  The hotel is a short walk to Termini (the train station) and where I was able to catch the hop on- hop off bus which goes around the whole city and all of the tourist destinations.  For my first bus ride I stayed on for the trip to see the city, then I decided which places I wanted to get off at and explore.  Rome is a beautiful city where the remains of the ancient city stand beside the modern buildings.  One of these such structures is the Colosseum, which is a huge looming arena in the middle of the city.  I spent an entire day exploring the Colosseum and did an audio tour.  Construction of the Colosseum originally began in 72 AD but wasn’t completed until 80 AD.  The Colosseum was home to battles between Gladiators and wild animals for public viewing, the Gladiators were usually slaves or prisoners of war or criminals and all the fights were to the death.

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Roman Holiday

I’ve recently just come back from a three day trip to Rome.  I was a little nervous about the trip because it was the first time I’ve travelled to a non-english speaking country by myself and I’d read all these blogs and articles on the internet about how Rome was filled with pick pockets and beggars.  Yes, I did see a few beggars and homeless people but I think Iwas more worried than I should have been.  I generally have a theory when it comes to travel that if you don’t make a big deal about being a tourist, don’t pull out the map and don’t draw too much attention to yourself that you will be fine.  And I was.  Here’s my little tip to avoid pick pockets:  (This only works if you are a female)  shove your money, credit cards and passport in your bra.  Trust me, you’ll notice if anyone goes fishing around in there.

Rome is an amazing city, spread over quite a large amount of land, I found the best way to get around was to get a ticket on one of the many hop-on-hop-off tourist buses, it has audio commentary and stops at all the major attractions.  Now, lets move on to the fun bit – the photos.