Our trip to
We started our day with our walk towards the Colosseum. When a lay man thinks of
Any mention of the Colosseum is incomplete without mentioning the gladiators who were often prisoners of war.
They chose this way of life to death as it not only gave them a chance to earn money but also won them soft spots amongst the ladies, who even paid large sums of money just to spend a night of passion with one of them! Not that we saw any real gladiators but there were a few men dressed gallantly parading the grounds near the Colosseum.
After this part we walked down to Circus Maximus to explore the place, which during imperial
Completed by Emperor Caracalla in AD 217, the baths functioned for about 300 years, until the plumbing was destroyed by invading Goths. Over 1,600 bathers at a time could enjoy the facilities. It is said that a Roman bath was a serious business, beginning with a sort of Turkish bath, followed by a spell in the caldarium; a large hot room with pools of water to provide humidity. Then came the lukewarm tepidarium followed by a visit to the large central meeting place, known as the frigidarium, and finally a plunge into the natatio; an open-air swimming pool. For the rich, this was followed by a rubdown with scented woolen cloth. Sigh! Even the best of today’s health clubs rarely provide all this!
As the sun started setting we took a brief stop at one of the way side cafes. At this point it would be amiss if I did not mention the custom of having your drink either while standing or while sitting. The latter will see you pay double the amount! So you can now easily guess what we chose all the time. :)
The night took us down the beautiful lit roads and lovely sights…
Castle St' Angelo
View from Spanish steps
The morning sun guided us to
After this we made our way towards Castle St Angelo which lies along the river