Observing Rome – The Coliseum

ROME RAT BestColusium 2 CroppedThe Romans started building the Colosseum (It) in 70 AD and are still working on it.

Colus 1 FixedThousands waited in line to get in when it was finished. Thousands are still waiting to get in – as difficult now than it was then, perhaps more so. After a long wait in line there is twenty minute security check requiring passport or driver’s license.

Rome Soldier CroppedArmed guards try to wonder unobtrusively a midst the throngs. His smile was not for me.

“You are not permitted to photograph military personnel,” I was told.

I suppose there have always been guards walking around the place.
Rome Soldiers Old Cropped (2)
Touts roam the crowds explaining they can get their small, often potential, groups inside ahead of larger groups now waiting. We decided to move on, browsing around the adjacent ruins.

Rome Colo Detail Lou
My wife in white at bottom left.

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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10 Responses to Observing Rome – The Coliseum

  1. Great pics again Bruce. What a piece of architecture, it’s always fascinated me. We haven’t changed much over time in regards to large sporting events.

  2. Great shots. I imagine it’s hard for guards to be unobtrusive when they have enormous guns strapped across their chests.

    • @ Myrah, really. There were also armored cars. I was afraid to take more photos of them after they told me not to.
      The are afraid of Isis or whoever blowing the place up.
      Same paranoia at the Vatican.
      We live in interesting times.

  3. Jay Wang says:

    Nice pics, Bruce. I am so glad I was there in 1997 before all of the scaffolding and security. We wandered around, sat in the few actual royal seats left and generally had the run of the place. Lots of really cool photos. Rome is a grand city.

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