Yesterday we walked in the steps of history and we walked a lot of steps – far more than the recommended 10,000 suggested for health. Doreen said at breakfast that her pedometer registered more than 15,000 and now it won’t work anymore.
We toured the Colosseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater built in the 1st century AD on the site of Nero’s palace. It is an architectural and engineering wonder and remains proof of the grandeur and cruelty of the Roman world. It was a place of entertainment – gladiatorial combats, executions and re-enactments of famous dramas based on classical mythology.
What we see now is a mere skeleton of the original which had seating for 70,000 spectators and was covered in marble. The marble and the iron which held parts together were scavenged for other buildings many hundreds of years ago.
Steps away from the Colosseum is the Forum Romanum, the historical centre of political, social and religious life. Again we stepped through an ancient arch and into history as we looked at the ruins of many old temples and even saw the place where Julius Caesar was cremated.
After all those steps, we ran out of time and energy, so we did not make the 25 minute walk to see the Spanish Steps or the Trevi Fountain.
In the afternoon we drove south to Sorrento where we will spend the next 3 nights. Today we are off to the Island of Capri where we will walk in the steps of the rich and famous who come to this island to relax. I’m sure our pedometers will still register at least 10,000 steps for the day.