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Day 209 - Exploring the Heart of Ancient Rome: I Visited the Majestic Colosseum in Rome

Day 209 (29 July 2023) - Rome, Italy


DAY 209 (29 JULY 2023) – In the morning, I moved to a more affordable hostel and decided to take a walk to the Colosseum, which was just 3 kilometres away. I didn't miss the chance to take some photos with the friendly police force on duty.

The tickets cost 35 euros (RM 176) without guide and 40 euros (RM 200) for a guided tour. I chose the guided tour and bought tickets online. People could also line up and purchase tickets, but visiting hours would be delayed. Interestingly, the tour guides were foreigners from Bangladesh, instead of locals!

The main symbol of Rome, the Colosseum was built some 2000 years ago during the height of the Roman Empire.

It felt quite surreal as I toured this ancient monument, listed as one of the 7 wonders of the world!

It is the largest ancient amphitheatre ever built and catered to over 50,000 spectators. Since the 6th century, when the last recorded games were celebrated, the Colosseum has survived lootings, earthquakes and even bombings during WW2, and its ruins are still standing today.

Later, I got on the ‘Hop On Hop Off’ bus which took me for a tour around the city of Rome. It cost me 26 euros (RM 130.70). I got a glimpse of the Vatican City and the Castel Sant’ Angelo.

The efforts taken to preserve these various ancient monuments in Italy are simply commendable.

At night, after a long time, I had some Chinese food for dinner at a Chinese restaurant near my hostel.



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