Amazing Race Recap: The Gladiators Are Here

It’s been two weeks since we’ve checked in with the All Stars on their race around the world, but leaving Sri Lanka was about to level the playing field. Their clue leads them to fly to The Eternal City, Rome! All teams were on the same flight to Italy.

Seeing Rome made this Italian girl so happy. I immediately recognized Castel Santangelo where their next clue was waiting for them. Jennifer and Caroline’s Speed Bump was also waiting for them on the bridge leading to the castle.

Speed Bump

The Country Singers had to pick up a typewriter and bring it to a landmark it resembles. Again, I immediately recognized the Victor Emmanuel monument as “The Wedding Cake,” because that’s what my mom called it last time we were there. I guess the locals call it “The Typewriter!” Learn something new every day, eh?

Detour – Gladiator or Charioteer

In the shadows of the Colosseum, the teams could either fight like gladiators or race chariots. In Gladiator, the teams learned a choreographed fight meant to entertain, then put it to use against a big gladiator. If they get all the moves right (including dying at the end,) they get their next clue. This was truly entertaining! Jessica and Jon did it first and both got so into it. Leo and Jamal first tries Charioteer, but came here when it got too crowded over there. They were ever more hilariously intense! Charioteer was really cool too. In this detour, teams controlled mini remote control chariots around 5 laps of a course. The tiny horses were so freaking cute! The tiny charioteers took quite the beating. This reminded me of Mario Party 2 vs. 2 mini-games: one person controlled speed while the other controlled direction. Brendan and Rachel got their first and were the first to finish. It got easier for the other teams once the course cleared off a bit so it was less of charioteer-bumper cars.

Flight Time & Big Easy's charioteer had a hard time... he's completely missing here!

Flight Time & Big Easy’s charioteer had a hard time… he’s completely missing here!

Road Block

Getting to the Road Block was the hardest part. The clue said to find the Piazza where John Keats had an unhappy Roman Holiday. This was the Piazza di Spagna at the base of the Spanish Steps, made famous in “Roman Holiday,” but also where John Keats died. Most cab drivers took the racers to Via John Keats, nowhere near the Spanish Steps. Luckily for Brendan and Rachel, their cab driver knew what the clue was leading to. A couple of other drivers did some research, while the teams that ended up at Via John Keats needed to borrow internet and do some research of their own.

The Road Block was to add the number of Spanish Steps to the number the obelisk at the top of them was erected. The number on the obelisk was a Roman numeral, so they had to convert this to Arabic numerals we’re used to before doing the math. They then had to convert the sum back to Roman numerals, write it on a postcard and present it to the Roman Holiday couple for the last clue. Um, this would so not be my Road Block! Math and stairs—no thanks!

Locals and tourists helped the teams out here. The Globetrotters did not understand the clue, but Jon and Jessica fed them the answer thinking Jennifer and Caroline would still be behind them. It was a foot race to the finish!

The final clue led the teams to Piazza del Popolo.  This leg sure shook things up!  Ready for the results?

  1. Brendan and Rachel → they won a trip to Australia for the win!
  2. Jennifer and Caroline → from last to second?  Not bad!
  3. Dave and Connor → kindly let the country singers finish ahead of them without knowing what place they’d be in.  Points.
  4. Jet and Cord
  5. Leo and Jamal
  6. Flight Time and Big Easy
  7. Jessica and Jon → eliminated!
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