Continuing with my things to do in Rome in a day posts (part one can be found here), early afternoon found us making our way to the Pantheon.
We were in and out, thanks to the low crowd levels (okay, so I guess waking up early does have its benefits).
One finished at the Pantheon, we relaxed and grabbed food in the adorable plaza just outside. We relaxed, took in the sights and sounds, as we somehow collected energy for our walk to the Colosseum.
Walking around Rome is such a beautiful (and fun!) thing to do. It’s one of those places that I could walk around aimlessly and be okay. Unfortunately, walking around aimlessly was not on today’s agenda. Continuing with our self-guided tour, we were off to the Palentine Hill/Roman Forum/Ancient Rome area.
By mid-afternoon, the crowds were in full swing! We thought our journey would never end, and just when we were about to give up, we sort of “ran into” the colosseum. Seriously, you can’t miss it.
This picture (below) just goes to show you how stunning this place is. I’m no photographer (at all), and although my camera has many settings, I never take it off the “easy” option. I mean, just look at these photos, taken by a total amateur!
All the major “Ancient Rome” must-see’s are basically all in the same place, which makes touring on your own very easy and stress-free.
Next, we made our way (via the metro) to Villa Borghese – a large, beautiful park filled with art and gardens. If you’re keeping track on a map, we basically just made a huge circle, as the park has entrances on both outside Piazza Popolo and near the Spanish Steps (if you remember we hit both earlier in the day).
More from Rome still to come!