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Roma – Day 2

Posted: September 16, 2010 in Italy
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Woke up well rested and re-packed our bags. The hotel had a breakfast for 2 euros – it was cereal, toast, and juice, prepared by who seemed like the landlords mother (who only spoke Italian). It was quite good.

We hopped on the next metro and made it towards our third hostel to stay at – the SunMoon Hotel, located conveniently next to the Roma Termini station (main train station). We checked in, dropped off our bags, and headed back into the streets to explore the city.

The City Sightseeing bus

About a block down we found a ticket booth selling tour bus passes – 18 euros for 48 hours. Seemed like a good deal so we bought the tickets and hopped on the bus (conveniently called the Hop on, Hop off bus).

The bus tours around the city on two major routes stopping at each sight of interest.

Our first glimpse of the mighty Coliseum!

We stopped first at the Palatino hill – a huge area of ruins of palaces, and the old city.

A view of the ruins

Trading pictures for pictures with other tourists


Heinz's turn

And of course, I had to try climbing something...

Nice shot of the Coliseum

We also checked out the ancient Circo Massimo (chariot racetrack):

500 ft long, this race track used to see Chariot Races every 2-3 days. It is hypothesized that 250,000 Romans could watch these races from the bleachers!

We then made our way to the Coliseum. Sadly, my good cameras batteries finally died. They had lasted this entire trip up until this point – my spares were back in the hotel. So here is the last picture my camera took:

The last picture from my camera

The following pictures were all taken with our cellphones.

The Coliseum

Nice panoramic

Another nice panoramic

Shot of the Coliseum, and the arch

After the Coliseum we headed back home and ate some dinner at a local restaurant, relaxed a bit, then headed back out at night.

Beautiful fountain in a big round-a-bout next to the Termini Station

Nice night shot

We bought some gelato, which was delicious, and headed back to our hostel.