One thing I had expected, was a lot of dirty, black, old relics, but surprisingly Rome has been cleaned up in the past decade. The fuel is green, there are fewer drivers. In short, they have done a heck of a job cleaning and maintaining its state of beautiful, arrested decay. In short - amazing.
Anyhow, there is so much history in Rome I'm not sure I could see it all in a year, much less a day, but our guide sure did try.
Here are some of the amazing sites we saw. I hope you enjoy the continuation of my photo tour. :)
|These are the famous Spanish Steps from my favorite movie, Roman Holiday. I wanted to have my Audrey Hepburn moment. Not quite what I had in mind.You should've seen them later. You couldn't even see the actual steps there were so many people.|
|The Roman Forum at night is ethereal.|
|More of the Roman Forum.|
|Chariot racing anyone? The Circus - almost three football fields wide.|
|The church that sits atop the catacombs.|
|Inside the Catacombe di San Domitilla - the oldest of the catacombs found in Rome.|
|Markings assigned to Christians in the catacombs.|
|More markings outside the burial chambers.|
|Frescoes indicate the burial site of someone of some importance during the period.|
|Sadly, the frescoes were vandalized to remove the images of the figures long ago.|
|The Chains of St. Peter Basilica (San Pietro in Vincoli) house the chains that shackled Peter when he was imprisoned for preaching about Jesus.|
|A beautiful, ancient keyhole on the door for a garden of the Order of the Knights Templar.|
|Reveals a garden that overlooks the Vatican. Read more here.|
|Me - in the rain - looking up at the stands of the Colosseum imagining my seats.|
|Lower level of the Colosseum where the fighters would prepare and animals would have been kept.|
|These arches are a feat of architectural marvel. Can you imagine the craftsmen that were used to build this?|
|Beautiful moss-lined corridors are so melancholy - especially in the rain.|
|View of the new Vittorio Emanuele II National Museum (built in the late 19th-early 20th century) from atop of the Colosseum.|
|View of Mussolini's office balcony from atop the Colosseum.|
|Remains of the massive bronze statue of Constantine on display inside the Colosseum is from 1100's.|
|More views of the Roman Forum from atop of the Colosseum.|
|I cannot remember what building this is. I'm sure it's important. I just loved the architecture of it, though. :)|
|Domed ceiling of the Pantheon - the temple of all the gods, was built with it's open top in the 2nd century. It was raining that day so the water was streaming in. Very cool.|
I have to give credit where credit is due. My husband, Steve, took almost all of the pictures while we were in Italy. He's gotten quite good I think. Don't you?
I hope you enjoyed these pictures. I have some incredible ones coming up of a spectacular garden in Florence.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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