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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Rome - Day 3

Our dastardly plan succeeded and we avoided breakfast - we have been rewarded with a virtually queue free Colosseum.

Colosseum

Colosseum Colosseum

Colosseum

Once inside we get an even better idea of its size

Colosseum


Colosseum


Colosseum Colosseum


Colosseum


Colosseum

Colosseum Colosseum

There are also antiquities on display within the Colosseum

casket head

statue mosaic

On the upper levels you can get some great views of the nearby surrounds

arch

The Arch of Constantine was built to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius in 312AD.

arch

This is the largest of the three remaining arches in Rome.

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arch detail

This is the Arch of Titus built to commemorate the victory of Vespasian and Titus in Judea in 70 AD.

arch of time

It is situated next to the ruins of the Temple of Venus and Rome.

church ruin

Behind it you can see the Romanesque bell tower of Santa Francesca Romana, one a number of churches that were built among the ruins of the Forum.

church ruin tower

If you look closely you can see the approach of a rather shonky looking centurion - if you visit, stay clear of them. They appear in your photos and then demand payment!

Colosseum

Our next stop is another Roman classic - the Trevi Fountain

trevi fountain

Though you won't see it in any of the photos I've taken it seem to be full of hawkers selling these ridiculous bubble blowing plastic pipes.

trevi fountain


trevi trevi

trevi detail

trevi detail

pantheon

The Pantheon is also very close by but we leave almost immediately - between flashes and loud chatter, it's amazing the church goers could hear anything the priest was saying. To say it was disgusting behaviour doesn't go far enough.

st ignatius of loyola

Nearby we find the lovely Sant'Ignazio di Loyola (St Ignatius) well noted for its breathtaking illusionist ceiling - we decide to take in the service and take a seat at the back of the church. The church is divided by partitions so that late comers and tourists don't disturb the legitimate church goers. It's quite a surprise during the sermon when the priest gives it in English and in a broad Australian accent!

During the mass we witnessed another act of unbelievably bad behaviour - three tourists strolled down the main aisle and stopped half way down at a gate. They then proceeded to pose and take photos of each other WHILE THE MASS WAS GOING ON! What are people thinking that they think that is okay to do?

After all this we finally find refuge in a lovely little restaurant where we have a wonderful authentic lunch free of tourists!

restaurant

crostini

Well satisfied we decide to walk back to the b&b via the Forum.

Piazza Venezia

Piazza Venezia home to the Monument of Victor Emanuel II (Il Vittoriano) - built between 1855-1911 to celebrate the unification of Italy.

altar of the nation

The honour guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier which is situated at the top of the stairs of the Monument.

equestrian statue of King Victor Emanuel II

The equestrian statue of Victor Emanuel II stands near the Altar of the Nation - on the top of the corners of the monument sit two statues of the Goddess Victoria riding quadrigas.

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romulus and remus

Statue of Romulus and Remus with the Wolf.

the forum

A view across the Roman Forum.

temple of vespasian and titus

The three remaining columns of the Temple of Vespasian and Titus

temple of saturn

The ruins of the Temple of Saturn

arch of septimius severus

The Arch of Septimius Severus


view

View to the Colosseum and Bell Tower of Santa Francesca Romana.

temple of castor

Temple of Castor with Arch of Titus in background


santi luca e martina

Church of Santi Luca e Martina

san lorenzo in miranda

Temple of Antoninus and Faustina with the Church of San Lorenzo in Miranda built into its remains.

temple of venus and rome

Ruins of the Temple of Venus and Rome.


arch of titus

Arch of Titus

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santa francesca romana

Church Santa Francesca Romana

During our trip through the Forum, I have reached a milestone - the nikon n50 clicks over 10000! I can't believe that I have taken that many photos on this trip - all I can say is thank god it is digital!

For dinner tonight we check out another wine bar near our b&b and once again it's a great find

carpaccio cheese and parma

choco hazelnut pudding

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