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2021-11-18 2:22:49 PM  
Can I pay the $900 up front and just get let in?
Totally worth it.
 
2021-11-18 3:08:39 PM  
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2021-11-18 4:21:27 PM  

SpectroBoy: Can I pay the $900 up front and just get let in?
Totally worth it.


Kinda what I was thinking.
 
2021-11-18 4:23:13 PM  
I'm gonna go out on a limb and guess they're not the first people to get drunk at the coliseum.
 
2021-11-18 4:23:13 PM  
It it was British tourists they would have pissed everywhere.
 
2021-11-18 4:23:49 PM  

Pinche Mateo: That place gave me the creeps and I refused to go in.


*tilts head*
Do all Roman ruins give you the creeps?
 
2021-11-18 4:24:23 PM  
What is this, the criminals in the coliseum allowed to pay for their freedom with coin? Bah, it's all gone downhill since they let them leave without paying in blood. Ever since that Spartacus uprising where they were all "boohoo we don't want to die for your amusement YOU DIE FOR OURS" the Romans have been too soft on the gladiators
 
2021-11-18 4:24:32 PM  
What have the Romans ever done for us?
 
2021-11-18 4:25:15 PM  
Yeah that might be worth it just to have the story to tell.
 
2021-11-18 4:25:31 PM  
Seems really cheap for exclusive, private access to such a historic location, especially since that included alcohol.  How much to add a couple of dancing boys/girls? (Not in the under 18 way FYI)
 
2021-11-18 4:25:42 PM  

SpectroBoy: Can I pay the $900 up front and just get let in?
Totally worth it.


and why can't I just buy tickets to drive faster?
 
2021-11-18 4:25:43 PM  
Ronin [1998] - Colosseum shootout Scene HD
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2021-11-18 4:26:29 PM  
Have them fight the wild beasts.
 
2021-11-18 4:27:14 PM  

maxandgrinch: (Not in the under 18

XVIII way FYI)

FTFY
 
2021-11-18 4:27:44 PM  

SpectroBoy: Can I pay the $900 up front and just get let in?
Totally worth it.


We were in Rome a couple years ago, and got tickets to go in right as the gates opened. Probably the closest you could get to a private tour, it was 30-45 minutes or so until enough people had showed up that it got notable crowded. It was really cool. Didn't even cost $900, we just had to get up earlier than we would have otherwise.
 
2021-11-18 4:28:00 PM  
Two American tourists fined $900 for breaking into Rome's Coliseum after hours to drink beer.


TWO TOURISTS ENTER!

ONE TOURIST LEAVES!
 
2021-11-18 4:28:02 PM  
The Italians are really sick of tourists being douche bags now. There are some crazy large fines in most of the main tourist locations for things that in most other places would barely be worth mentioning. There's also a daily tourist tax you have to pay (usually to your hotel, who will sometimes hold your passport until you pay it)

Venice in particular is super strict now. Feeding the pigeons is a few hundred Euros fine. Buying from an illegal street vendor? Thousand Euros.

They straight up deported some tourists a few years back who sat down in the street and got out a camp stove to make coffee.
 
2021-11-18 4:28:55 PM  
Of course it had to be dumb ugly Americans.  A real American, or a real anyone, would break into the Coliseum and engage in gladiator combat.
 
2021-11-18 4:29:25 PM  
Having spent a day wandering the ruins of Pompeii though... yeah, a lot of it is worth the stricter rules these days.

That is a really eerie experience, it's a LOT larger than I was expecting, you can easily lose the crowds and just wander around the streets.
 
2021-11-18 4:30:13 PM  

Pinche Mateo: That place gave me the creeps and I refused to go in.


Awww, your delicate
 
2021-11-18 4:30:45 PM  
Drink on the Spanish Steppes with the rest of the tourists.
 
2021-11-18 4:32:19 PM  

The_Sponge: It it was British tourists they would have pissed everywhere.


Drinking beer till 5:30am? I'll wager they pissed everywhere too.
Unless they broke in at 5:15am.
 
2021-11-18 4:32:57 PM  

Cyrene Valantion: The Italians are really sick of tourists being douche bags now. There are some crazy large fines in most of the main tourist locations for things that in most other places would barely be worth mentioning. There's also a daily tourist tax you have to pay (usually to your hotel, who will sometimes hold your passport until you pay it)

Venice in particular is super strict now. Feeding the pigeons is a few hundred Euros fine. Buying from an illegal street vendor? Thousand Euros.

They straight up deported some tourists a few years back who sat down in the street and got out a camp stove to make coffee.


tourists are odd farking idiots.  I don't vist family, friends, or places that don't like me. I've got family, and friends that do like me. I vist them. tourists clearly are brain dead idiots. They should keep their money for things like cable and movies.
 
2021-11-18 4:34:19 PM  
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Why don't they just release a couple of lions?
 
2021-11-18 4:34:39 PM  
I went with my wife and 2 kids and we paid $60 each for a guided tour with special access to the top section that the normal ticket doesn't include. The money was worth it just to avoid standing in line. That can take and hour or two.
 
2021-11-18 4:35:03 PM  

wademh: [medias.spotern.com image 640x361]


Young Anakin and who?
 
2021-11-18 4:35:28 PM  

holdmybones: Drink on the Spanish Steppes with the rest of the tourists.


You could almost think that you're seeing double on the cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs.
 
2021-11-18 4:37:50 PM  

Cyrene Valantion: The Italians are really sick of tourists being douche bags now. There are some crazy large fines in most of the main tourist locations for things that in most other places would barely be worth mentioning. There's also a daily tourist tax you have to pay (usually to your hotel, who will sometimes hold your passport until you pay it)

Venice in particular is super strict now. Feeding the pigeons is a few hundred Euros fine. Buying from an illegal street vendor? Thousand Euros.

They straight up deported some tourists a few years back who sat down in the street and got out a camp stove to make coffee.


Um, that all falls under the "don't be a douchebag" rule
 
2021-11-18 4:38:47 PM  

Cyrene Valantion: Having spent a day wandering the ruins of Pompeii though... yeah, a lot of it is worth the stricter rules these days.

That is a really eerie experience, it's a LOT larger than I was expecting, you can easily lose the crowds and just wander around the streets.


Did you get to visit Herculaneum?   It's next to Pompeii, was also destroyed by the volcano but the preservation is much much better.  The town was covered by mud instead of ash, which preserved quite a few of the wooden structures.  You get a better sense of what the town looked like because the buildings are intact, paint has remained on the walls, etc.   Even the human remains were better preserved and skeletonized, instead of casts that Pompeii is famous for.
In my professional opinion (as an archaeologist), I'd recommend folks visit Herculaneum before Pompeii.
 
2021-11-18 4:40:51 PM  

waxbeans: Cyrene Valantion: The Italians are really sick of tourists being douche bags now. There are some crazy large fines in most of the main tourist locations for things that in most other places would barely be worth mentioning. There's also a daily tourist tax you have to pay (usually to your hotel, who will sometimes hold your passport until you pay it)

Venice in particular is super strict now. Feeding the pigeons is a few hundred Euros fine. Buying from an illegal street vendor? Thousand Euros.

They straight up deported some tourists a few years back who sat down in the street and got out a camp stove to make coffee.

tourists are odd farking idiots.  I don't vist family, friends, or places that don't like me. I've got family, and friends that do like me. I vist them. tourists clearly are brain dead idiots. They should keep their money for things like cable and movies.


Nobody likes you
 
2021-11-18 4:40:56 PM  
Run them through with a gladius. It's the law. A really really really old law. But the LAW is the LAW.
 
2021-11-18 4:44:16 PM  
Exit Through The Vomitorium


/ yes, i know
 
2021-11-18 4:44:38 PM  

raerae1980: Cyrene Valantion: Having spent a day wandering the ruins of Pompeii though... yeah, a lot of it is worth the stricter rules these days.

That is a really eerie experience, it's a LOT larger than I was expecting, you can easily lose the crowds and just wander around the streets.

Did you get to visit Herculaneum?   It's next to Pompeii, was also destroyed by the volcano but the preservation is much much better.  The town was covered by mud instead of ash, which preserved quite a few of the wooden structures.  You get a better sense of what the town looked like because the buildings are intact, paint has remained on the walls, etc.   Even the human remains were better preserved and skeletonized, instead of casts that Pompeii is famous for.
In my professional opinion (as an archaeologist), I'd recommend folks visit Herculaneum before Pompeii.


sadly not, I was with the folks (we were staying in Sorrento) and I could only persuade them to do one day of history stuff. They were more interested in going to Capri.

I'll probably go back on my own once they're willing to let Brits back into the country again, though the hell that is Naples airport isn't something I'd look forward to again.
 
2021-11-18 4:44:40 PM  
This reminds me of this one time on Anegada when I rented a car, and the attendant told me sternly "and it's a $200 fine if you get it stuck in the salt marsh chasing flamingos".

I didn't even realize that was an option until that moment, but once I did, I realized that that would totally be worth $200.
 
2021-11-18 4:47:50 PM  

Cyrene Valantion: raerae1980: Cyrene Valantion: Having spent a day wandering the ruins of Pompeii though... yeah, a lot of it is worth the stricter rules these days.

That is a really eerie experience, it's a LOT larger than I was expecting, you can easily lose the crowds and just wander around the streets.

Did you get to visit Herculaneum?   It's next to Pompeii, was also destroyed by the volcano but the preservation is much much better.  The town was covered by mud instead of ash, which preserved quite a few of the wooden structures.  You get a better sense of what the town looked like because the buildings are intact, paint has remained on the walls, etc.   Even the human remains were better preserved and skeletonized, instead of casts that Pompeii is famous for.
In my professional opinion (as an archaeologist), I'd recommend folks visit Herculaneum before Pompeii.

sadly not, I was with the folks (we were staying in Sorrento) and I could only persuade them to do one day of history stuff. They were more interested in going to Capri.

I'll probably go back on my own once they're willing to let Brits back into the country again, though the hell that is Naples airport isn't something I'd look forward to again.


Ah, well...Capri is beautiful.   Can't blame them.  :-)

/I interviewed with the Head Archaeologist of Pompeii but my Italian wasn't fluent enough for the job, unfortunately.   (._. )
 
2021-11-18 4:48:20 PM  

raerae1980: Cyrene Valantion: Having spent a day wandering the ruins of Pompeii though... yeah, a lot of it is worth the stricter rules these days.

That is a really eerie experience, it's a LOT larger than I was expecting, you can easily lose the crowds and just wander around the streets.

Did you get to visit Herculaneum?   It's next to Pompeii, was also destroyed by the volcano but the preservation is much much better.  The town was covered by mud instead of ash, which preserved quite a few of the wooden structures.  You get a better sense of what the town looked like because the buildings are intact, paint has remained on the walls, etc.   Even the human remains were better preserved and skeletonized, instead of casts that Pompeii is famous for.
In my professional opinion (as an archaeologist), I'd recommend folks visit Herculaneum before Pompeii.


Rae....best time of year to go? I was in Rome in April about 2 weeks before Easter, years ago, and it was great, hardly any tourists, no lines either. Got to the catacombs, informal tour in Italian (which we sort've understood), wandered all over. Pantheon was closed, dagnabbit, something about some sort of Italian restoration of one of the doors. Stayed at a Pensione near the train station, great family hosts. Anywhoo....really, really wanna get to Herculaneum and Pompeii, how much time should I plan on? Three days each?
 
2021-11-18 4:50:59 PM  
Don't care had yeet.

Yote? I yeet, she yeets, we totes yoted? Dammitsomuch it's like I hit a certain point and all my good slang just evaporated into onion belts and cloud yelling or something. Anyway nine hundred for an epic story? The kind that will surely pay off in beers-over-lifetime positive?

When is the Roman à FARK Party?
 
2021-11-18 4:54:23 PM  

raerae1980: Pinche Mateo: That place gave me the creeps and I refused to go in.

*tilts head*
Do all Roman ruins give you the creeps?


After Turkish prison anything gladiator related just wasn't the same for him.
 
2021-11-18 4:56:01 PM  

raerae1980: Cyrene Valantion: raerae1980: Cyrene Valantion: Having spent a day wandering the ruins of Pompeii though... yeah, a lot of it is worth the stricter rules these days.

That is a really eerie experience, it's a LOT larger than I was expecting, you can easily lose the crowds and just wander around the streets.

Did you get to visit Herculaneum?   It's next to Pompeii, was also destroyed by the volcano but the preservation is much much better.  The town was covered by mud instead of ash, which preserved quite a few of the wooden structures.  You get a better sense of what the town looked like because the buildings are intact, paint has remained on the walls, etc.   Even the human remains were better preserved and skeletonized, instead of casts that Pompeii is famous for.
In my professional opinion (as an archaeologist), I'd recommend folks visit Herculaneum before Pompeii.

sadly not, I was with the folks (we were staying in Sorrento) and I could only persuade them to do one day of history stuff. They were more interested in going to Capri.

I'll probably go back on my own once they're willing to let Brits back into the country again, though the hell that is Naples airport isn't something I'd look forward to again.

Ah, well...Capri is beautiful.   Can't blame them.  :-)

/I interviewed with the Head Archaeologist of Pompeii but my Italian wasn't fluent enough for the job, unfortunately.   (._. )


I spent a day interviewing for a postdoc in Munich.   At the end of the interview, Is the PI let me know that EU citizens were free employees but that he would have to pay me a €60,000 salary.  He then asked why he should do that.

I told him obviously he shouldn't and that the idea that a grad student would be worth the cost was ludicrous.   I don't think I've ever been so annoyed at having my time wasted.

Sorry you didn't get it.  Good luck next time
 
2021-11-18 4:56:18 PM  

Artist: raerae1980: Cyrene Valantion: Having spent a day wandering the ruins of Pompeii though... yeah, a lot of it is worth the stricter rules these days.

That is a really eerie experience, it's a LOT larger than I was expecting, you can easily lose the crowds and just wander around the streets.

Did you get to visit Herculaneum?   It's next to Pompeii, was also destroyed by the volcano but the preservation is much much better.  The town was covered by mud instead of ash, which preserved quite a few of the wooden structures.  You get a better sense of what the town looked like because the buildings are intact, paint has remained on the walls, etc.   Even the human remains were better preserved and skeletonized, instead of casts that Pompeii is famous for.
In my professional opinion (as an archaeologist), I'd recommend folks visit Herculaneum before Pompeii.

Rae....best time of year to go? I was in Rome in April about 2 weeks before Easter, years ago, and it was great, hardly any tourists, no lines either. Got to the catacombs, informal tour in Italian (which we sort've understood), wandered all over. Pantheon was closed, dagnabbit, something about some sort of Italian restoration of one of the doors. Stayed at a Pensione near the train station, great family hosts. Anywhoo....really, really wanna get to Herculaneum and Pompeii, how much time should I plan on? Three days each?


Herculaneum is small, you can walk the whole town in a couple hours.   Pompeii, OTOH, is a huge site.   I'd recommend giving yourself a whole day, at least.  I spent a weekend at Pompeii and it was barely enough to see both sites AND explore Sorrento/Amalfi Coastline.  I would recommend you also don't visit in August, as the weather was rough on this SoCal girl.  ;-)
 
2021-11-18 4:59:08 PM  
shiat, the last time an American had a good time in Italy was 1944. There's a reason the place is known for it's wine, you have to be a little drunk to tolerate it.
 
2021-11-18 4:59:32 PM  

SpectroBoy: Can I pay the $900 up front and just get let in?
Totally worth it.


This!
 
2021-11-18 5:00:48 PM  

born_yesterday: raerae1980: Cyrene Valantion: raerae1980: Cyrene Valantion: Having spent a day wandering the ruins of Pompeii though... yeah, a lot of it is worth the stricter rules these days.

That is a really eerie experience, it's a LOT larger than I was expecting, you can easily lose the crowds and just wander around the streets.

Did you get to visit Herculaneum?   It's next to Pompeii, was also destroyed by the volcano but the preservation is much much better.  The town was covered by mud instead of ash, which preserved quite a few of the wooden structures.  You get a better sense of what the town looked like because the buildings are intact, paint has remained on the walls, etc.   Even the human remains were better preserved and skeletonized, instead of casts that Pompeii is famous for.
In my professional opinion (as an archaeologist), I'd recommend folks visit Herculaneum before Pompeii.

sadly not, I was with the folks (we were staying in Sorrento) and I could only persuade them to do one day of history stuff. They were more interested in going to Capri.

I'll probably go back on my own once they're willing to let Brits back into the country again, though the hell that is Naples airport isn't something I'd look forward to again.

Ah, well...Capri is beautiful.   Can't blame them.  :-)

/I interviewed with the Head Archaeologist of Pompeii but my Italian wasn't fluent enough for the job, unfortunately.   (._. )

I spent a day interviewing for a postdoc in Munich.   At the end of the interview, Is the PI let me know that EU citizens were free employees but that he would have to pay me a €60,000 salary.  He then asked why he should do that.

I told him obviously he shouldn't and that the idea that a grad student would be worth the cost was ludicrous.   I don't think I've ever been so annoyed at having my time wasted.

Sorry you didn't get it.  Good luck next time


Yeah, I could tell halfway through the interview I wasn't qualified for the job.   Bummed out doesn't begin to describe how I felt.
 
2021-11-18 5:02:40 PM  

wildcardjack: shiat, the last time an American had a good time in Italy was 1944. There's a reason the place is known for it's wine, you have to be a little drunk to tolerate it.


Well shiat, I'm going through the citizenship process and wasn't TOLD this.
 
2021-11-18 5:08:05 PM  
"Emperor Titus"

🤭
 
2021-11-18 5:10:08 PM  
Honestly, I'd probably be willing to do similar for the experience and the story for that cost.

/ Being extremely careful not to damage anything
// why yes, I'm a night owl
/// would be nice and quiet
 
2021-11-18 5:14:44 PM  
I've spent $900 on dumber, less historical experiences. I'm in.
 
2021-11-18 5:14:50 PM  
The Ronin shootout scene was shot in Arles, France.  They have a better preserved one.
 
2021-11-18 5:17:06 PM  

nytmare: SpectroBoy: Can I pay the $900 up front and just get let in?
Totally worth it.

and why can't I just buy tickets to drive faster?


Like a coupon book!

Get pulled over? Hand the oinker a coupon and drive away (slowly)
 
2021-11-18 5:20:26 PM  
Tutti poliziotti sono bastardi.
 
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