Unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit the Colosseum and Palatino. You can get guided tours to the Colosseum but not to the Palatino which is a shame, as it would be very interesting visiting the ancient ruins and have them explained; they certainly have a lot to tell - Nero was one of its inhabitants. There might me some external companies providing the tours, check online and read some reviews - then you can make up your mind and decide if it is worthy or not.
The plaque was erected later by a pope and it is a memorial to the martyrs that died in the name of an impure superstition, killed by impious people. Something along those lines - that’s how far my Latin goes.
At this point Jon decided to make fun of me and asked if I had enough photos from all sides of the Colosseum
The Palatino area doesn’t have many visitors and it is a good area to run away from the crowds and let your imagination run wild. The ruins can be quite exposed but part of that area was converted into a garden, so you can sit under the funky trees (sadly we don’t know their name, if you do please let us know), grab your snack and chill out.
Nearby there’s also the Hippodrome - also ruins - and the Roman Forum, surrounded by a nice garden where locals walk their dogs and kids play with water pistols.
We were calmly walking back from the Hippodrome when we heard a bunch of sirens; we looked back and there were a few police bikes, followed by police cars vainly attempting to stop the traffic (Roman driving is…interesting). We finally saw what the police was escorting: the bus of the Italian selection, who lost the final against Spain on the night before. The bus was followed by a high speed Maserati, probably with the coach or someone important. Exciting moments during the end of the afternoon
Colosseum & Palatino 02/07/12