If you have never experienced it for yourself, it can be hard to imagine the just how impressive Ancient Rome really is. From the Palatine Hill to the Colosseum, and everything in between, Rome is filled with history and wonder that attracts tourists from all over the world.
We want to inspire you and show you just how exciting it can be.
Guest blogger, Lauren Macleod, shares her first experience of Rome and how it feels to stand amongst the wonders of ancient Roman:
“The day started with a bang, squeezing past the Italian masses to sip on a piping hot espresso! With energy levels high and excitement building, it was the perfect time to explore Ancient Rome.
Starting with the many ruins of Palatine Hill, our imaginations were awoken upon seeing what was left of the grand palaces and temples that one stood there. Wandering under high ceilings, past crumbled walls, we became immersed in the lives of ancient Emperors that once lived there. Engrossed in thought, the meaningfulness of Rome’s history became much more apparent.
Our last moments on Palatine Hill were spent gazing out over the breathtaking Ancient Rome. An array of gardens and ruins lay ahead. To the left we could see the Roman Forum, and to the right we could see the Colosseum. Both stopped with antiquity, in a time unknown…
After gathering our thoughts, we were able to move on, traversing downhill towards the Roman Forum. Beneath the impressive pillars that once supported the majestic Roman Forum, we were left in awe at the sheer scale of what had once been achieved.
Making our way to the Colosseum, the rising temperatures and the increasing number of tourists caught our attention. Upon entering the Colosseum, the mass of tourists diminished when faced with the enormous oval amphitheater that once housed the gory battles of gladiators and slaves. From the ruins, it was easy to imagine the barbarity that once occurred. Despite the shade offered by the towering walls, the midday heat took hold