Fortunately we left booking our visit to the Colosseum pretty late. If we’d have gone on the first two days we would have been thoroughly soaked. As it was we got lucky, and had beautiful weather.
I spent most of my time while we were outside avoiding people trying to peddle us a load of souvenirs/bracelets/bus tours we didn’t want. This was main annoyance with Rome, really - even though we’d gone during a quiet time of the year we were still hounded by people trying to sell us stuff. It doesn’t make for a relaxing break when you feel like you should be on your guard while walking around a city.
I decided only to take my Fuji X-E2 and the 23mm f2 lens with me for this trip. I wanted to travel pretty light and test whether I could get by with just one focal length for four days of sightseeing. I was happy with the results while I was there, but in retrospect I think I could have used something a bit longer than a 35mm equivalent. There were lots of shots I missed where something longer could have got me what I wanted. I am happy to buy in to the theory of getting to know your camera and lenses really well, and I do think i got to know this setup better during the trip, but there’s something to be said for taking a zoom or a longer focal length with you when you’re only planning on going to a city once.
If I had to pack for this trip again, I think I would have taken my Sony A7II and a couple of Canon lenses, to make sure I got everything I wanted. Oh well, you live and learn!
Here are my favourite photos from when we were at the Colosseum. As I said, the weather was stunning, so I was really trying to make the most of the hard shadows and pick out people as they walked through the scenes I picked.