The morning of our 2nd day in Rome we had to ourselves. We would be meeting our group later in the day to have our guided tour of the Colosseum. After having our breakfast, mum dad and I set out to find Trevi Fountain. Time to make some wishes!
Along our walk, we found ourselves in a pretty tranquil spot amidst the city traffic. We had later learned it was called Area Sacra (Area Sacra di Largo Argentina). Ruins of the oldest temples in Rome are found here. Most notably, it is known for the location in which Julius Caesar was murdered. It’s now a sanctuary for cats! That just seemed so fitting for me since Mum and I rescue feral cats back home. The area is not accessible to the public. You can walk around it and down the staircases, but the entire area is fenced off.
After spending some time with the kitties, we continued our journey to Trevi Fountain. There is no direct way to anything in Rome, especially when walking. All the narrow streets bend and twist everywhere. We kind of just accidentally found Trevi Fountain! Sadly, there was construction and/or maintenance being done to the fountain so there was some scaffolding interrupting the view. It’s still as beautiful as people say it is despite the scaffolds. The crowds weren’t too heavy just yet, so we made our way to the very edge of the fountain. We tossed our coins into the water and admired the beauty of it for some time. As the crowd began to grow, we decided it was time to go.
Having left Fontana di Trevi behind, we found ourselves in the shadow of the Pantheon. It was a busy courtyard with art students clustered into groups, tourists gawking and hordes of people descending upon the Pantheon. We skirted around it, snapping some photos along the way. We decided not to attempt going inside as the amount of people trying to get in and out was insane. That and after checking the time, we really needed to get back to the hotel to meet our group!
Having met up with everyone else, we made our way to the Colosseum. Luckily we didn’t have to que up with the general public, and we easily got into the Colosseum. Now the downside to being in a guided tour with someone not employed by the museum is that we have less time exploring than everyone else. Unfortunately our trip to the Colosseum was no different. We barely got to see any of it because of time constraints. I never saw the very depts of the Colosseum. It was disappointing having wanted to visit this icon for such a long time, to only see less than a 1/4 of it. I was really upset by that.
We left the Colosseum feeling quite deflated. We made our away to what would be ‘the best view in all of Rome’ according to our guide. Along the way we stopped to see the Forum Julium (Julius Caesar’s Forum or Foro di Cesare). It, along with many other Imperial Forums, were built to relieve the Roman Forum from being overly crowded.
Our guide finally gets us to this view she kept raving about…and she was right. It is an incredible view. You can see as far as the Colosseum while overlooking ruins.
If you’re looking for this amazing spot, it sits just behind and to the left of the Capitoline Museum. We came by it from the side of the museum, not from the main staircase. Our guide told us that the Capitoline Museum is considered the first museum of Rome. It can be traced back to the late 1400s. It was fairly late in the day, so we didn’t go into the museum.
Our guide let us go at this point. We could make our way back to the hotel if we wanted to or we could continue our our explorations. We had told a few people in the group about Area Sacra and they asked that we take them there. So we ended up guiding our group to the cat sanctuary instead of doing our own thing.
Eventually we made our way back to the hotel, but not before grabbing gelato and canolis first!
Tomorrow would be an early day because we’re off to see Pompeii! Our time in Rome is just about over, but our Italian adventure is far from finished! After Pompeii we will be relocating to Sorrento!
Stay tuned for my sweltering adventure into Pompeii
Until next time…