Colosseum, Rome Italy

© All Photos Copyright, 2005, Steve Hopson

Colosseum — A municipal ordinance requires all visitors to Rome to take at least one picture of the Colosseum. To encourage compliance, Roman authorities have thoughtfully hired actors, dressed in cheap gladiator costumes, to parade around the entrance. On my last day, the street in front of the Colosseum flooded leaving these modern-day-warriors-in-tights looking like wet kittens. I made my efforts at compliance with the law during nightly prowls through the complex as my hotel was just across the street.


Roman Nights

Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble,
Ancient footprints are everywhere.
You can almost think that
you're seein' double
On a cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs.

Got to hurry on back to my hotel room,
Where I've got me a date
with Botticelli's niece.
She promised that she'd be there with me
When I paint my masterpiece.

Bob Dylan, 1971


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