This place was so cool – and huge. Definitely my favorite of all the ancient stuff. I could easily have spend hours there. Just sitting around or taking a stroll. Being surrounded by “Ancient Rome” was an intriguing experience.
Rome’s Colosseum was absurdly big. It was hard to fathom the size of the place. Imagining how things would have been back then, and all the action that took place was something you could keep daydreaming about and never really grasp. A thing so foreign to our world today.
Definitely a place that made me try to put myself in their place and time. The Colosseum was very captivating.
I had expected the Pantheon, in Rome, to be much bigger. I don’t know why, ’cause I knew nothing about it. All my “knowledge” about it, stemmed from computer games back in the ’90s. And usually the Pantheon was the “über” stuff you could build in the church/temple technology tree. And comparing the “über” Pantheon with a “simple church” like the Saint Peter’s Church skews things somewhat – according to my education. But I guess the computer games of the ’90s might perhaps not have been the most historical accurate to base my knowledge on.
Anyway, I truly enjoyed the Pantheon, even though it was smaller than I anticipated. I really liked the energy of the place and the incomplete roof was captivating. Just staring at that hole was enchanting – but also quite painful for the neck.
I wonder if they had umbrellas back then to block the hole when it was raining?
Rome was a fascinating place. A modern and hectic metropolis, with ancient buildings littered all over the city. The big main streets were noisy and busy with heavy traffic. The beauty of the city, in my opinion, is when you walk down the endless narrow passageways, where the traffic is much less dense, and you can enjoy the multitude of cafes, the ancient atmosphere and just get lost in the big maze, that is called Rome.
There is almost no end to the amount of sights this city has to offer. One more fascinating and impressive than the next. It was exciting to try to visualize how it might have been back in the day.
But at times I also found it so overwhelming that in the end it made me kind of numb. By the end of my stay I would simply pass by all the incredible Roman heritage sites, with all the amazing history and wonder they contained, and just shrug. Nevertheless, Rome has a lot to offer and if you like old stuff, history and architecture then Rome is the place to be.
This is a small gallery of some of the pictures taken on the amazing Camino de Santiago and the Camino de Finisterre that I haven’t shown elsewhere.