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October 16th 2014
Published: June 21st 2017
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Colosseum 16-10-2014
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Another early start and unfortunately not feeling too good with my cold. We decided to catch a cab to the Arch of Constantine rather than walk. We were to meet Agnes, from Understanding Rome, for our private tour of the Colosseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum, including the Undergroud and Third Tier which Agnes had booked for us.

The tour was totally brilliant. G loves Roman history and knew lots about it, but I had very little idea. Agnes simply brought the whole thing to life. She managed to describe everything so well that we could see it in our mind's eye. Particularly the Roman Forum, instead of seeing ruins her excellent descriptions had us seeing palaces, houses and temples. She had so much knowledge of history, and all the little stories of how life was back in Roman times. I highly recommend her services. This is her website if anyone is interested: http://understandingrome.com/

We asked her if she could recommend somewhere for lunch closeby. Agnes was the one that had suggested Armande al Pantheon and it was excellent. She didn't let us down here either, she suggested Taverna Dei Fori Imperiali. This restaurant was also full
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Colosseum Underground 16-10-14
of locals, with only a sprinkling of tourists. Gary had Cacio e Pepe again, this time with truffles, and I had Papardelle Carbonara. Best carbonara that I have ever eaten and forgot to take photo 😞

After we finished lunch, we visited Capitol Hill and the Museo Capitolini. The museum was very enjoyable and there were yet more great views of the Forum and Colosseum. On the way back to the hotel, we stopped again at Largo di Torro Argentina to see where Caesar was killed now that we had learned so much more. We also paid another visit to the cat sanctuary. This time we went inside to find out more about how they care for the stray cats of Rome.

Dinner that night was at Fortunata al Pantheon. The food was delicious, we shared Raviolini with Spinach & Ricotta in a Burnt Butter and Sage Sauce, and then had Involtini filled with Pecorino and finally Zabaglione with Wild Berries. The service however was awful, so probably not a restaurant that I could recommend.


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Inside the ColosseumInside the Colosseum
Inside the Colosseum

Inside Colosseum 16-10-14
View of Forum from ColosseumView of Forum from Colosseum
View of Forum from Colosseum

View From Colosseum 16-10-14
Looking Down from Third Tier of ColosseumLooking Down from Third Tier of Colosseum
Looking Down from Third Tier of Colosseum

Looking Down from Third Tier of Colosseum 16-10-14
Roman ForumRoman Forum
Roman Forum

Roman Forum 16-10-14
Door In Roman ForumDoor In Roman Forum
Door In Roman Forum

Roman Forum 16-10-14
Roman ForumRoman Forum
Roman Forum

Roman Forum 16-10-14
Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius, Capitoline Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius, Capitoline
Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius, Capitoline

Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius, Capitoline Museum 16-10-14
The Capitoline Wolf, Capitoline Museum The Capitoline Wolf, Capitoline Museum
The Capitoline Wolf, Capitoline Museum

The Capitoline Wolf, Capitoline Museum 16-10-14
View From Capitoline Museum View From Capitoline Museum
View From Capitoline Museum

View From Capitoline Museum 16-10-14
Cat Sanctuary at Largo di Torre ArgentinaCat Sanctuary at Largo di Torre Argentina
Cat Sanctuary at Largo di Torre Argentina

Cat Sanctuary at Largo di Torre Argentina 16-10-14
Zabaglionni with Berries at Fortunata al PantheonZabaglionni with Berries at Fortunata al Pantheon
Zabaglionni with Berries at Fortunata al Pantheon

Zabaglionni with Berries at Fortunata al Pantheon 16-10-14


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