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Thinking about the Roman Empire in Tampa Bay

How often do you think about the Roman Empire?

People walking around the ruins of the Colosseum in Rome. The visitors are surrounding the center pit below cloudy skies.

They’re definitely thinking about it.

Photo by Diego Delso via Wikimedia Commons

It’s a question people are asking on social media. It turns out we think about it quite a lot. Here are some spots around Tampa Bay that will remind you of the ancient civilization, and help you carpe some diem. After all, there’s no place like Rome.

Roman around outdoors

The world’s longest sidewalk might bring the empire to mind. A stroll down South Rome Avenue from Hyde Park will take you to Bayshore Boulevard. Its white pillars would not have been out of place in Roman times. Sandals optional.

The Don CeSarit’s a stretch, we know — offers day passes where guests can enjoy Gulf views from the hotel rooftop, pools, beach access, and food + drink. The Pink Palace is fit for an emperor, and any trustworthy friends.

A couple is driving a pink car up the driveway toward The DonCesar hotel under sunny skies. Palm trees line each side of a paved road.

The Don CeSar was built in 1928

Photo by The Don CeSar

Visiting the gods

The Romans fought against bears but they never came up against the scariest beasts of all — manatees. You can see them for free in Apollo Beach at the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center. It usually opens from November to April.

In St. Pete, you can dine at Bacchus Wine Bistro. The Roman god of wine might be disappointed to see French cuisine on the menu, but the selection of reds, whites and rosés would probably change his mind.

The Saunders Planetarium at the Museum of Science & Industry will take you to Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Venus. Pluto is there too, even if he’s only a demi-god now.

Gladiators live on

We don’t have a Colosseum, but Tampa Bay has gladiators of its own. You can catch them playing hockey at Amalie Arena, football at Raymond James Stadium, or baseball at Tropicana Field.

The Buccaneers already beat some Bears in this season’s fight. Are you not entertained?

Let us know if we missed any Roman-minded gems.