Following a well needed rest, we hit the Colosseum bright and early. Our tour guide Francesco lead us around Constantine's Arch, explaining the sophisticated organisation behind the Colosseum. For example, each attendee was given a ticket (very similar to modern methods), which was labeled with the "gate" that they would enter through. Each gate allowed approx 2,500 people to enter. This allowed the 50,000 people that could fit into the amphitheatre to enter and exit relatively easily.

Our group then moved onto the Palatine hill, one of the seven hills of Rome. The hill housed the ruins of a enormous palace which was owned by numerous Roman emperors. From the hill we could see the former site of the Circus Maximus, of which practically nothing remains. When it was operational, it hosted chariot races and had a capacity of over 150,000 people, making it the biggest stadium in recorded history. It was pretty baffling to see that absolutely nothing remained of the arena, especially when considering its size.

From there Francesco lead us to a suspended garden, from where we could see the "wedding cake" palace ( Altare della Patria) which was built by Mussolini in 1925. Made "corpse white marble" it sits horrendously out of place in contrast with the ruins it surrounds. It is by far the most extravagant building we have seen so far. The entire building is unmistakably Italian. From the massive statues, to the scale of the building, it can be best described as overbearing.

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Afterwards, we visited the Ara Pacis Augustae (Alter of Augustan Peace), the place in which Augustus’ alter was reassembled. After settling down in this safe haven, away from the insane heat, we spent time in the Piazza Navona.
This piazza is built on the Stadium of Domitian, builthet in the 1st century AD, and follows structure of the open space of the stadium. Here, we spent about 3 hours eating gelato, strolling around the shops, watching the Brazil vs Mexico match, and desperately trying to avoid the dodgy people on the street. After this, we were driven to the restaurant in which we would have dinner, where we had pasta as our first serve of food, with chicken and potatoes being the second. Shortly after, we returned to our hotel, where the World Cup was the story of the night, with Belgium being down 2-0 at one point, then going on to win 3-2, with the final goal being scored in the 93rd minute. After all the screaming from within the hotel, and outside, the boys all found their way to sleep after an exhausting yet amazing day.

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