My next day in Rome I decided to buy the combined ticket for the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. The ticket I believe was 12 euros, not bad for all 3. First, I visited the Roman Forum. This area was the center around which the ancient Roman civilization developed, and was considered the center of the Roman Empire. I’m not really sure how to describe it beyond that, so I’m just going to put up a bunch of pictures. Enjoy!!
A word of advice. The entrance for the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill is the same, for one you go to the left, the other to the right. I decided to go to the Roman Forum side first, and wandered all the way to the back. There are stairs in the back that lead up to a balcony to get a really good view of the whole Forum, but apparently this is an exit out even though there is no sign. I couldn’t get back in and tried to go back in the front entrance to see Palatine Hill, but the guards said I had already used my one visit and couldn’t come back in. So I guess I’ll have to go back to Rome if I really want to see it. I don’t think it matters all that much.
On to the Coliseum!!