LomoTravels: Reliving Rome Day 3 / Of Forum and Colosseo

It’s an early day today!

There is quite an interesting story about the chains which are on display at the main altar. However, the main draw for us was Michelangelo’s statue of Moses.

Michelangelo's Moses#1 What Up Mose | LC-A+ RL | Voigtlander Vchrome 100 DX
I’m definitely not an art connoisseur but was nevertheless left in awe by the details etched on the statue. Hats off to that orange dude from TMNT.

And then we’re off to the Roman Forum where a vast collection of ruins of varying degrees of ruin-ity(?) sits. At the entrance, we picked up a couple of audio guides and started the tour with vigor.

On hindsight, we probably should have joined a tour as there were too many sites of interest to cover. An experienced guide would have directed us to the more interesting stuffs and saved us a whole load of walking.

Temple of Saturn#2 Saturno | LC-A+ RL | Voigtlander Vchrome 100 DX | BUY IT!
Does what it says on the tin, “Tiempo Saturno”. These towering pillars give a hint of the temple’s former glory. And this is just the tip of the iceberg…

Temple of Saturn#3 Columns | Superheadz UWS | Lomo CN 100 | BUY IT!
Still at the Temple of Saturn, here is the big picture of what’s left.

Arch of Septimius Severus#4 V-I-C-T-O-R-Y | Superheadz UWS | Lomo CN 100 | BUY IT!
Nothing shouts victory better than a huge ass arch carved with declarations and imagery of how you sent your enemies packing. It was built in the name of Septimius Severus, an emperor of the Roman Empire, not a lovechild of characters from Harry Potter and Transformers, mind.

Temple of Castor and Pollux#5 Flower Power | LC-A+ RL | Lomo XPro Chrome 100 | BUY IT!
Flowers feeling high and mighty with the Temple of Castor and Pollux in the background.

Basilica of Maxentius#6 Vast | Superheadz UWS | Lomo CN 100
Doesn’t immediately catch the eye, but when standing in what’s left of the Basilica of Maxentius, I came to realize the massiveness of the structure. It’s a pity we will never see the engineering marvel in its original intended form.

Arch of Titus#7 Bramble in the Forum | LC-A+ RL | Lomo XPro Chrome 100
Another triumphal arc that can be found at the Forum, the Arch of Titus afford its viewers a closer look at the exquisite details of its inscriptions and reliefs.

Due to our ambitious attempts to cover all of the Forum and Palantine Hill, we ended up having late lunch at a random restaurant near the Colosseum. Had 1/2 a litre of red wine and I must say its quite an experience touring the Colosseum in a slightly tipsy state. Thankfully we didn’t heed the advice of the guys sitting beside us to order a litre instead since it was so cheap.

Exterior of the Colosseum#8 Let Me Entertain You | LC-A+ RL | Lomo XPro Chrome 100 | BUY IT!
Growing up, this was the image we learned to associate with Rome and Italy from television programs and textbooks. And here I am and I’m feeling god damn awesome.

Interior of the Colosseum#9 Do Or Die | LC-A+ RL | Lomo XPro Chrome 100
Imagine looking up to a packed spectator stands from the arena and finding yourself in a do or die (literally) situation.

Interior of the Colosseum#10 Dusk | LC-A+ RL | Lomo XPro Chrome 100
Made me think about the countless sacrifices made for the entertainment of others and display of one’s superiority.

Interior of the Colosseum#11 Six Feet Under | LC-A+ RL | Lomo XPro Chrome 100
Underneath the arena platform is actually a maze of tunnels and corridors where the gladiators and/or beasts are elevated up from. There were also pipes running underneath that were used to flood the arena for the naval battles. Too bad we couldn’t access that area with a regular entry ticket.

Interior of the Colosseum#12 Eye of the Colosseum | Fisheye Baby 110 | Lomo B&W Orca 100 | BUY IT!
Here’s another view from the latest in my analogue family, the Fisheye Baby 110.

Arch of Constantine#13 Little People | LC-A+ RL | Lomo XPro Chrome 100
Taken from the balcony of the Colosseum. That’s the Arch of Constantine at the background.

We departed the Colosseum as it was nearing closing time and we decided to walk back towards our B&B to check out the night views of other sights along the way. We went to the Trevi Fountain and sat round the fountain people watching and resting our feet. We also visited the Pantheon and Piazza Navona before finally having dinner at Porta Castello again.

There were no shortage of police presence when walking from point to point which made us feel pretty assured. So kudos to Rome for their efforts in making their streets much less intimidating than I imagined. That said, it never pays to be complacent so do try to avoid the narrow alleys and always be on the lookout for suspicious characters.

Edit to include a picture that I missed out:

Inside the Colosseum#14 Oh Hai | Fisheye Baby 110 | Lomo B&W Orca 100
See you next post!

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