This is a continuation of our stay in Rome - see previous posts.
The following morning we woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed and raring to go and see the Colosseum.
We breakfasted at the hotel before looking at our map to decide upon the best route to take us to the Colosseum.
We decided that we would first of all go to Piazza Colonna to see the Column of Marcus Aurelius.
It was not leaning, honest! The Column stands 100 feet high and chronicles the scenes from two wars.
In the Piazza is this little fountain where this seagull cooled itself down.
It was swelteringly hot and we were persuaded despite it being nearly lunch-time to buy an ice-cream for Our Daughter.
It had to be chocolate flavour, of course!
After lunch we headed towards the Colosseum. Nearby there was another Column.
We came across some street art!
This one looks like a Banksy but is probably a fake. Is it a "Love Rat!"
We arrived at the Colosseum shortly after 2.00 p.m.
We stood outside the entrance with between 250 - 300 others. We stood there for 40 minutes before a man came along with a sign which proclaimed that the Colosseum was shut for the day!
This was all a bit disappointing especially as we had queued in the hot sunshine!
We weren't downhearted though as we could still walk around the outside to capture the magnificence of this building and sit outside and watch the world go by.
Until next time.