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Written on: Thursday May 24th, 2007

A journal entry from: Blitz the Med

Having spent most of the day at the amazing Vatican, we only had half a day left to explore Rome. We spent some time driving around and just taking in the city. I visited the Colosseum which I'm sure needs no introduction.

Its an amazing building up close but with an equally amazing lineup to get in so I abstained from spending the day waiting and was happy to explore the outside and surround grounds. There were guady Romans dressed in gladitorial dress for pictures and all sorts of souvenir shops for the masses. Hurray!

Surrounding the Colosseum are several other interesting sites. The Arch of Constantine and the Meta Sudans are about 10 meters from the Colosseum. The Arch was erected to celebrate the victory over Maxentius some 200+ years after the Colosseum was finished. The Meta Sudans were an ancient brick fountain momument but all that is left is some stone foundations.

Up on the hill facing the Colosseum is the Temple of Venus and Roma which was the largest temple of Ancient Rome but I didn't go check it out unfortunately.

Not far away from the Colosseum is the San Pietro in Vincoli (Saint Peter in Chains) Basilica which houses the actual chains that St. Peter was held in while imprisoned in Jerusalem. It turns out the Basilica is better known for housing some of Michelangelo's statues, the most famous being Moses.

There are also a number of very cool and disturbing sculptures in this Basilica, many of which feauture skeletons grabbing onto people or with swords and wings. I don't know the history of them, but I want one for my living room (its a good conversation piece).