You may have heard that I went on a tour of the Doge's Palace in Venice. Well, Dario and I enjoyed it so much that when our friends, Mariana and Fede, came to visit us in Rome, we contacted Walks of Italy again to see what they had hopping in the home town.
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Nice spot for a picnic.
Turns out they had space on an afternoon V.I.P. Access Colosseum tour. Dario and I tried to pretend we were not impressed – "The Colosseum? Oh, THAT old thing?" – but secretly we were giddy and clapping with anticipation.
The tour is meant to include the underground dungeon area, a walk on the arena floor, access to the top tier (which we learned was not exactly a swanky place to be in centuries past), as well as Arco di Costantino (Arch of Constantine), Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. Italian bureaucracy being what it is, all public sites are subject to random and partial closures – such as snow days when people were even more willing to pay to go inside – so we weren't able to visit the dungeon area. (Though really, not being able to do something logical is about as authentic an Italian experience as anything.) We didn't mind, however, since the real reason we came was to go up to the top.
I brought my wide-angle lens and snapped crazily away at anything and everything. The photo above is a tiny little morsel of the awesomeness we experienced. If you visit Rome, or anywhere else in Italy, I highly suggest dropping Walks of Italy a line. They sneak you into the best places!
Snuck into any looming historical monuments lately?
Disclosure: our tours with Walks of Italy were discounted / free. Opinions are still honest & personal. :)