Amman, Jordan is a modern city with numerous ancient sites.We stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel. Heading out on foot to explore. 1st stop was Rainbow St, great for restaurants, bars & coffee shops. Next head for downtown and the Roman Amphitheater. It’s a safe, bustling city, locals say “welcome, where are you from”? We stopped to ask a police man directions to the amphitheater and the Citadel, not only did he give us directions but also practiced his English, reciting the words to Miley Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking ball’! In the heart of this city you never feel unsafe, we wandered through the locals market (souk), which we always love to do anywhere in the world.
Atop Jabal al-Qala’a hill, the Citadel includes the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules and the 8th-century Umayyad Palace complex, known for its grand dome. Built into a different downtown hillside, the Roman Theater is a 6,000-capacity, 2nd-century stone amphitheater offering occasional events. Our Jordan explorer passes covered entry for both sites as well as the museums.