Saturday, June 27, 2009

italy, day 4  

posted by Michael Piwonka 6:39 PM
We took the subway to the Roman Coliseum, and listened to another of Rick Steve's audio tours.

It's hard to imagine the atmosphere that must have existed there, with spectators relishing the carnage, whether it was animals killing animals, humans killing animals, animals killing humans, or the main attraction, humans killing humans. It must have been a gory scene.

After touring the Coliseum, we decided to skip the nearby Roman Forum. I don't know if it was the heat, or that we were less interested in ancient Rome than Renaissance Rome.

After lunch, we visited the National Museum of Rome. I was impressed the most by the mosaics and murals, and by the coin collection, which contained coins from the Roman Empire through today.

In the evening, we went to a local pub to watch the Confederations Cup game between Italy and Egypt. Much to every one's surprise, mine included, the Egyptian National Team defeated the Italians. The locals weren't too happy; one patron of the pub, an Egyptian fan, wasn't feeling too much love from his Italian buddy as they left after the match.

Check out photos from the Coliseum and from the National Museum.

(To read more, here are links to days 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the trip.)


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