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13dec19--In the Amphitheatrum Caesareum, a Roman invention, were held shows that today we would condemn with horror: the most popular were the venationes (hunts) and the munera (gladiatorial games). The Roman ruling class was obliged, by law and by the expectation of the people, to organize these shows to gain the favour of the citizens. The organization of the games, which involved great expenses, became a matter of public interest and was regulated by many laws. EnJoy EnJoy
James Mcintosh....Good man, will look at the website and thanks for information.
Yes Mel. I went a good few years ago and as I was a member of Cats Protection I was interested to see their work. They have website Torre Argentina to give people a view of what they do. When I returned home I donated to them a couple of times and received a lovely thank you.
James Mcintosh....have you been to Torre Del Argentina as I’m very interested, sounds marvellous.
7dec19--The Colosseum or Coliseum though in olden times Romans referred to it as Amphitheatrum Caesareum or hunting theatre, was built by the Flavian emperors Vespasian, Titus and Domitian between 71-72 and 80 AD as a gift to the Roman citizens in the place where the previous Emperor Nero (37-68 AD) had his residence, the Domus Aurea. EnJoy EnJoy
James Mcintosh .....that sounds very interesting, thanks for the fabulous information.
If you like ruins and cats the place to go is Torre del Argentina where Julius Caesar was murdered. The ruins are home to an organisation which looks after the homeless cats of Rome .
13nov19--The Colosseum, is the largest building in the world constructed mostly of travertine. Quarried in Tivoli the travertine was transported 20 miles to Rome. EnJoy EnJoy
JackV... yea done the Vatican and will definitely consider Capitoline Museum as we like different places, thanks.
Good for you Mel! We will be there in early May after 4 nights in Sorrento. My wife made a delicious Bolognese yesterday. That and a bottle of a decent red wine brought back vivid memories of Italy. You should consider a visit to the Capitoline Museum if you have not been there. IMO it is much more enjoyable and interesting than the Vatican Museums. Lunch on the roof is a nice break.
JackV.... going to Rome end of March.
11nov19--Emperor Vespasian in 0072 began construction, and The Colosseum was completed in 0080 under his successor and heir, Titus. Nineteen hundred and thirty-nine years ago. Nearing two thousand years ago. The Colosseum could hold an average audience of 65,000. Massivly huge , respected , inspected, studied , copied , used for 1,000 years with earthquakes ending its use, then re-use of the travertine left the ruins. EnJoy EnJoy
JackV...thanks for info and I’m sure we will try it as we do like to explore.
Mel, with Google maps and a bit of planning the entire city is open to you. I hope that you try it.
JackV...we used the Metro most and did find it confusing at first ie ending up on wrong platform and going in the opposite direction haha,but once we got the hang of it was fine. We also used the hop on hop off buses which we found useful, perhaps now you’ve mentioned the transportation pas we may try it, thank you.
Mel we learned to use Romes bus system about 4 years ago. We stay north of Piazza cavour and catch the bus just across the street from our hotel. There are four bus lines 30 70 81 + 87 that take us from there to Piazza navona, Piazza Venezia and the coliseum and places in between. It's really great. If you tap on any bus stop icon on Google maps it shows you the lines that stop there and their entire routes through the city. They sure make life easy. We use Rome's transportation pass and get unlimited use of the buses and metro system. It's convenient and very cheap.