Rome - The Eternal City

Plenty of walking, and loads to see - a great holiday

DAY TWO - ANCIENT ROME

Coliseum again

But this time we went in.

Looking this way and that

Looking out to the Palatine Hill

Looking out to Constantine's Arch, the Palatine Hill, and the forum area.  Mighty fine.

It was very photogenic

Pretty good for 2000 years old.

In memory of the Christians - remember them?

Outside again - where did the morning go?

Enjoying the history

So next we were up the Palatine Hill, after some ticketing problems for the guide.

Our excellent guide, and the Stadium and Baths of Septimus Severus - quite a pad.

Some of what's left of the gargantuan Domus Augustana.

Even had a view over the Circus Maximus to the Aventine hill

More of the Domus.

Just magnificent, even in ruin.  Mussolini's villa on the right.

Children beginning to wonder about lunch

View of forum from the Farnese Gardens on the Palatine Hill.

Hear about the Forum here if you wish.

So we have to go through all these ruins too, before lunch?

Skyline from the gardens. The Vittoriano (Vittorio Emanuale Monument) which rather dominates, and is apparently disliked by all.  

Forum, with the House of the Vestal Virgins directly below us.  No-one home.

Coliseum and Arch of Titus to the East

with all that remains of the Temple of Castor and Pollux, and the Arch of Septimus Severus to the West.

Orange trees in full bloom

More Roman stuff

Impressed, and even hungrier

Arch of Titus - intricate stonework

Farnese Gardens on the Palatine Hill from the Forum area

And the House of the Vestal Virgins (not much left?)

Might be the Temple of Romulus?

Temple of Vesta.  

Fading fast, as lunchtime now well behind us, but no sign of food yet.

Had enough.

Arch of Septimus Severus, nearly out.

Where we have been.  Ancient Rome.

Through the arched window....

We're done?

But first we had to drop into the Mamertime Prison under San Pietro in Carcere, where St Peter was held, created a spring and dented a rock with his head.  What a guy.

View from Tarpeian Rock.  

And home eventually.  Big day, but really good.

WHERE TO NEXT?

DAY ONE - Everywhere

DAY TWO - Ancient Rome

DAY THREE - Pantheon, Trevi ,etc.

DAY FOUR - Vatican

         

DAY FIVE - Baths of Caracalla

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