trevi Fountain and the Colosseum.

I’m updating the bog today simply because yesterday was just a little overwhelming.
Section two.
After the splendor of St Peters Baslilica, it was time for some “Movie theme stuff”
Trevi fountain.
A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome Coins are purportedly meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder. This was the theme of 1954’s Three Coins in the Fountain and the Academy Award-winning song by that name which introduced the picture.
An estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome’s needy; however, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain. 
It was busy, sunny and warm. The roads leading to it were packed with small stores of gorgeousness. People sat in cafes set with check table cloths, they faced the street, sipping coffee and adding to the air of ‘Romantic Rome’ forget the peddlers, tying to sell you everything from a scarf to a tripod…..!!!
We had coffee and ice-cream and just soaked up the ambience.

Next part of the dream was to visit the Colosseum.The Roman Colosseum or Coliseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was commisioned in AD 72 by Emperor Vespasian. It was completed by his son, Titus, in 80, with later improvements by Domitian.
The Colosseum is located just east of the Roman Forum and was built to a practical design, with its 80 arched entrances allowing easy access to 55,000 spectators, who were seated according to rank. The Coliseum is huge, an ellipse 188m long and 156 wide. Originally 240 masts were attached to stone corbels on the 4th level.
Understandably, there were huge crowds, but it wasn’t uncomfortable, but after dozens of high steps and the left knee was telling me I’m old. I fell on it about 4 years ago and there is still a bit of bone floating around in there…. It only surfaces for the Colosseum and other amazing places.
Its hard to take in the brutality, the beauty and the magnificence in jut a few hours. I would love to go and sit there one evening and listen to the stories the walls whisper.

It was a day without equal. 

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