Rome Colosseum & Palatine Hill
One of the things we had been most looking forward to was seeing the Rome Colosseum. An absolute one of a kind experience, it’s right by the metro and comes as a bit of a surprise when you get off the underground and are suddenly faced with it right there in front of you, it really hits you just what an ancient place Rome is.
The crumbling walls were exactly what I imagined, the real scale of it however was so much bigger than I was prepared for. We arrived really early morning prepared for how busy things would get later in the day, and had read in our travel guide that if we go across the road to Palantine Hill which is part of the same site, you could get a ticket for all three attractions, including the Roman Forum, all as part of one ticket from both sites, but we had no queuing compared to those at the colosseum!
What Time to Visit
It was definitely worth getting up early for allowing you to beat the rush of the queues, and to be able to really view the sights instead of fighting for a photo over the crowds later in the day. We arrived around 8:30am which gave us plenty of time to get some great photographs of the outside as the sun shined through the arches of the colosseum, without being pestered too much by people trying to sell you things, get our tickets, and explore the colosseum before things got way too hot by mid day.
Things were more of a struggle going around Palantine Hill as it’s so exposed to the sun, so I would definitely suggest taking a lot of suncream with you! We got very confused trying to find the Roman Forum expecting it to be on a completely different site, but we then realised after walking literally everywhere that it was in fact, part of Palantine Hill. It’s such a big site when you actually get on it that in hindsight it was probably worth joining a tour or at least getting an audio tour, then maybe we wouldn’t have missed it!