On our second day in Rome, we got up bright and early for a tour of the Colosseum and the Forum. The Colosseum is really massive in person and it's insane to imagine how they even built it back then. Our tour guide taught us about how the battles and such were the peoples' main form of entertainment and they had food & drink stands as if it were a sporting event today. They would sometimes fill it up with water as well so they could reenact naval battles with actual ships. We spent a little while walking around and climbed up a bunch of super steep steps to get up to the second level, where you can get a really cool view.
After that, we walked over to the Forum. I honestly didn't really pay much attention by this point because we were in the worst heat I've ever experienced and standing in direct sunlight the entire time. It was nearly 100 degrees every day and I am not the best with handling heat. Apparently it's the hottest summer they've had in a long time - go figure. We spent a few minutes there while I tried not to pass out and then separated from the group and headed over to Campo de' Fiori, a square with a bunch of little shops and restaurants that's supposed to be pretty wild at night. Unfortunately I didn't get to experience this because I was with my family. Anyway, we were roped into a restaurant called RJ Numbs (the air conditioning sold us) where I got an amazing Margherita pizza. Then we stopped for our daily gelato and walked around for a bit, and that was pretty much it for the day.
They kept animals in cages down below so they could reenact hunts and such
Vanilla & pomegranate gelato
Back at the hotel that night, I was surprised to hear fireworks outside and they happened to be setting a bunch off by the pool, so I got to watch them from my balcony.
Day three coming soon!