The Roman Colosseum in the Shoulder Season

Posted on August 7, 2013. Filed under: Italy, Rome, Travel | Tags: , , , , |

Travel - 43 mary at the colosseum

I was surprised when I saw the Colosseum in Rome.  I didn’t think it would be that interesting, but I was wrong!  The sheer size of the place, the amazing history of how the structure was used, the gorgeous morning we spent there exploring – wow!

Travel - 45 outside coloseo

Keep in mind it was November when we went.  This means NO LINES.  We have heard horror stories from fellow travelers who have tried to see as much as we did in a week and were greatly disappointed.  Standing in a sweltering hot line of people for hours to get in to a place like this would definitely take a lot of the fun out of it.

Travel - 52 colosseoMy advice on European travel?  Go in the shoulder or off seasons.  The shoulder season is just before or just after the high season.  For most of Europe this is April/May and October/November.  Off-season is usually Jan. – Mar.  The weather may suffer, but you will breeze right in to whatever you want.  The key is to just come prepared for weather.  I made the mistake of not having enough warm clothing for Paris in November (think 40° and raining!) But Rome in November is supposed to be the rainiest month and we had 1 day of rain (for which we bought umbrellas from a street seller right outside our hotel door) and 70°s and sunny the rest of the time.  It’s unpredictable, but if you can roll with it you will greatly enjoy the quieter atmosphere.

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I was one of those people standing in line!

Oh, I’m so sorry! Next time try the shoulder season!!


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