Tips for the colosseum in Rome!

Colosseum Rome
Colosseum Rome

The colosseum in Rome draws millions of visitors every year and for first time visitors the experience can be overwhelming.  In the summer the popular Rome attraction draws huge crowds so try to buy tickets in advance if you can to avoid the queuing pushy tourists.  If you don’t buy in advance there are tour guides that you can go in with to cut the queue.  The tour guides use a rudimentary but effective coloured sticker system to keep the group together.

It takes patience to get a snap of the impressive ruin with no one else in your pic.  Do a circuit and you’ll likely get more than a few good photos.  In the summer I often carried a water bottle round with me refilling it wherever I could.  One of the brilliant things I love about Rome is that there are drinking water fountains all over the city!  Perfectly safe to drink and you’ll see both locals and visitors quenching their thirst.  Even within the Colosseum you can stay hydrated.

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Romantic Roman holiday

Beautiful Rome!  This is Ponte Sant’Angelo (bridge) over the Tiberius river with the Vatican in the background.

Exploring this part of the city is easy and makes a good walk. Start in the morning at the Vatican, make your way to Castel Santagelo, walk along the river then head to Piazza Navona before checking out the Pantheon. The last two places have fab lunch options!