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The Colosseum and Roman Forum

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On Sunday I went to the Colosseum, and explored the Roman Forum on my own. I think the Colosseum is going to be one of the things I remember most about Rome, it truly is amazing. Sometimes with big touristy attractions you can be left a little underwhelmed when all the hype doesn't live up to the actual experience, but that isn't the case with the Colosseum, it really is as incredible as I thought it was going to be. After I wandered around a bit, feeling awestruck and trying to take in the magnitude of all the history and preservation, I moved on to the forum. Unfortunately I choose the hottest day during my stay in Rome to tour the forum, and ended up not taking nearly enough time exploring.
Definitely worthy of the hype once again, I would recommend taking your time to give the forum the respect it deserves. When I am lucky enough to return to Rome I absolutely plan on spending more time here.

In the afternoon I met up with James and Rachel again and we went to the public rose garden locate about Circus Maximus. We hit the right time of year and all the roses were in full bloom, they were beautiful. The garden was actually fairly crowded, so I headed up the hill to the orange garden that is located here as well, and then to the Knights of Malta keyhole. The orange garden was shady, and wonderfully peaceful, with no tourists to be found. As much as I would have loved to spend more time there among the shade and lovely trees, I felt as if I was intruding on the Italian families that were spending their Sunday afternoons there, so I moved on fairly quickly. Toward the top of the hill I found the keyhole, and found the view through it to be as picturesque as I had been told. I tried to snap a few pictures, but with my humble camera and the late afternoon sun, I just couldn't capture a proper shot. I would recommend a stop here some afternoon if you have the time, and are looking for a beautiful spot to take a break from the city.
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The orange garden
The orange garden
The vista from the orange garden
The vista from the orange garden
The Knights of Malta keyhole
The Knights of Malta keyhole
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