After breakfast we made our way to the Capitoline Museums, a group of art and archaeological museums situated on the Capitoline hill, between the Forum and Campus Martius. The museums origins can be traced to 1467, when Pope Sixtus IV donated a number of significant bronze statues to the Romans. Since then, the collection continued to grow over the years to include not only statues, but inscriptions, Renaissance art, jewels, and coins.
Next we ventured to the Ancient Roman Forum and the site of the Colosseum, one of Rome’s most enduring structures. Located in the heart of the city and known as the Flavian Amphitheater back in Roman times, the Colosseum was the stage where gladiators fought to the death in front of bloodthirsty crowds. The Colosseum is an architectural astonishment and was estimated to support some 50,000 spectators in its prime. Looking at modern sports stadiums next to the Colosseum, it is easy to see where they got their influences from.
For dinner we traveled across the Tiber to the hip section of Trastevere and let the students explore that side of town and grab dinner alone before heading back home after a long day.