A couple of days ago City Wonder Tours cancelled our tour of the Colosseum and Forum. I’d booked with them mostly because it was convenient, since it’d be the same company as the one that led us to the Sistine Chapel. I managed to get on a tour with Walks of Ital (Walks), who I initially wanted to go with anyway. They were better in every way. The headphones were miles better than the ones used by City Wonder, which cut out intermittently and had poor range. Harder to compare like with like, since they were completely different tours, I thought the quality of the knowledge imparted was much better with Walks the City Wonders.
The guide took as through and gave a great overview of the Colosseum and how and why it was built, and how it operated. There’s a lot of work going on in there constantly – you wonder if one day it’ll be entirely rebuilt.
We then went on through the forum, up the Palatine Hill for a few great views over the Forum and Rome in general.
By now the heat was building in the late morning and we walked jumping from shady patch to shady patch. We went back to the Forum and had a look inside a temple cum church, and up to the spot Julius Caesar was cremated, and soon after the tour ended.
We walked around the Capitoline Hill to The Mouth of Truth where after a long line stuck our hand in a plate to say a lie.
The heat was now oppressive, so we cheated and took a taxi back to our apartment to snooze out the afternoon.
I went for a walk later in the day to buy some more memory cards for the cameras, since we are churning out the photos, and was ripped off by a rude camera store which was the only place around I could find selling cards. I tried to find an open barbers as well, to no avail.
By around 6pm it was pleasant enough again to go out, so we went down the road to the Cappucine Friars and their crypt, which is decorated with the bones of the dead friars. There have been a lot of them over the years, because there were a lot of bones. Some of the skeletons were arranged in fairly scary ways.
We then went out to dinner at a place around the corner from where we were staying. The food was ok, my gnocci was excellent, though service was pretty average. We then finished with a gelato at a place a hundred metres from our apartment, which was very good, the best we’d tasted yet, and good value. It’s very popular.
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