The Colosseum, Rome, Italy – 7 Wonders of the World & UNESCO Site

Our first trip to Rome was in 2005, when we visited Paris, Rome and London. We didn’t make it inside the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa and we didn’t make it inside the Colosseum. On this second  time around in Rome, we made sure we joined and waited in the long, long line to see the inside of this Wonder of the World.

Did we make it? No. 80% of the way and the lovely Italian Polizia announced that the gates were closed!!! NO!!! Not again…. I always believed in grabbing each opportunity as it comes, since it is unlikely to surface again. Not to be thwarted, I looked around as we left the line and saw a gate that was semi-ajar…. What’s a history buff to do, but to slide in between the gates and run like hell into the Colosseum before the Polizia sees you??

Needless to say, my fair maiden, the law-abiding citizen of the world that Casey is, was quite stunned and simultaneously thrilled to be able to see the inside. we went on inside, knowing fully well that the site would be officially locked down in an hour or so. An hour was plenty of time to gaze and snap some pics.

Being inside the Colosseum is EVERYTHING compared to seeing it from the outside. It is truly larger than life on the inside. There was a bit of restoration work going on inside, as is apparent in some of the pics…. Finally, I was standing on the same ground as Caesar had stood, on the same soil that the famed Gladiators of antiquity had fought on. (No, I doubt that Russel Crowe ever stepped foot in the Colosseum during the filming of Gladiator, as most of that movie was actually shot in Ouarzazate, Morocco, which is another blog soon to come, of our trip there.

7 Wonders of the World Site is Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List

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