Stopped at the Coliseum and
went to the very topmost platform of this tremendous ruin
and looked into the far depths of the present excavations. Walked all
around among the arches and after coming down to what used to be
considered the arena we went boldly down an inclined plain in
among the recently found arches etc into two or three long passages
heading ever so far away, saw the bronze sockets in the large
flag stones in the middle of the passage where the gates are
supposed to have turned to admit the animals. Some columns
and capitols and fragments of statuary and slabs with figures engraved on them.
some of them representing fighting or chase. After a late lunch took
a walk through via Babuino, Condoti and Corso home. On the old
pavement below the arena are long pieces of charred wood
with smaller crossbars of the same – very curious.