The Explorer: Checking out the Colosseum, the Regis and the best place to eat in Rome

The saying goes "When in Rome, do as Romans do," so on November 28, we head back in time to the Eternal City, Rome, on The Explorer. 

First to Italy's top tourist destination: The Colosseum. The ancient amphitheater took five years to build, could seat 50,000 spectators, and was in use for nearly 500 years. It's most famous for gladiatorial battles, but it’s a popular place for re-enactments of sea battles, animal hunts, executions and classical dramas. 

Though now empty, the concrete and stone architectural wonder draws about 3.9 million people each year  -- more than Yankee Stadium, which hosts 81 games and sells nachos! 

After a long day of walking around the city, you'll need a place to rest your bones. How about the St. Regis? It’s a lavish hotel that is located within walking distance of many major Roman sites. Back in 1894, it was the first hotel to offer a private bathroom and two electric lights in every room. Over the years, it's hosted rich and famous royalty, celebrities, and mega moguls from around the world.  

If you're going to lug your luggage all the way to Rome, you're going have to tie on the feedbag. A great place to start is the decadent and beloved Antica Pesa. This is a favorite for hob-nobbers from everywhere, but it’s also a local favorite because it offers a unique take on classic roman recipes.

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