Photo diary: Colosseum

Guido the Guide. He was the man on our Walks of Italy tour of the Colosseum. We started bright and early, with warm temps welcoming us to the epic structure. We met up with our group and got psyched up for a tour.

 But first, a photo op!

But first, a photo op!

 We surveyed the area, amazed at how the ancient entertainment was once conducted. Giant underground areas with more than 60 undergraound traps held the wild beasts that were paraded out to fight.

We surveyed the area, amazed at how the ancient entertainment was once conducted. Giant underground areas with more than 60 undergraound traps held the wild beasts that were paraded out to fight.

 Guido, our guide, told us that when he was growing up, the Colosseum wasn't really all that special -- kids would use it as a spot for hanging out and playing hide-and-seek.  Can I say I'm a little jealous?! 

Guido, our guide, told us that when he was growing up, the Colosseum wasn't really all that special -- kids would use it as a spot for hanging out and playing hide-and-seek. Can I say I'm a little jealous?! 

 But first, another photo op...

But first, another photo op...

 Two tips when going on a tour of the Colosseum: 1) bring your own earbuds if you don't want to wear the  uber  fashionable one-eared earbud (as pictured above)! 2) At least in the springtime, all that stone in the Colosseum traps in the cold air. In this instance, I was wearing not only my fleece, but Paul's too because I was freezing! So make sure you layer, even if it is a nice day out.

Two tips when going on a tour of the Colosseum: 1) bring your own earbuds if you don't want to wear the uber fashionable one-eared earbud (as pictured above)! 2) At least in the springtime, all that stone in the Colosseum traps in the cold air. In this instance, I was wearing not only my fleece, but Paul's too because I was freezing! So make sure you layer, even if it is a nice day out.

 We learned that building the Colosseum was like building with Legos -- it was a feat of organization more than anything. Stones were cut off-site, and then cheap labor was brought in to simply place the giant stones in the correct spots. It is believed that there were 5 levels of seating, with wooden bleachers at the top. 

We learned that building the Colosseum was like building with Legos -- it was a feat of organization more than anything. Stones were cut off-site, and then cheap labor was brought in to simply place the giant stones in the correct spots. It is believed that there were 5 levels of seating, with wooden bleachers at the top. 

 This was our dude, Guido the Guide. He had such wonderful personality and  made  our trip to the Colosseum complete. We have no affiliation with Walks of Italy, but would highly recommend their  Colosseum tour . 

This was our dude, Guido the Guide. He had such wonderful personality and made our trip to the Colosseum complete. We have no affiliation with Walks of Italy, but would highly recommend their Colosseum tour