Rome – Day Two

Whew! We are just too beat to blog every night. So, back to our adventures. The second day in Rome, we went to the Colesseum, Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. It was so amazing to see the history here and the beginnings of Western Civilization. While time has worn away much of these ruins, you can still almost imagine the way it was over two thousand years ago. Some of the structures actually date back to 8th century BC. It’s very surreal. Wish you could all be here with us…

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Looking over the colosseum interior. You can see the catacombs that were originally under the floor. This is where the animals, stage sets and gladiators were kept and often raised up on lifts into the ‘show’ area.
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Another view of the lower colosseum. If you look very closely towards the back of the middle aisle you can see a wild cat waiting to take on a gladiator. ;)
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Back in time.

 

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The Palatine Hill is one of the most ancient parts of the city. According to Roman mythology, the Palatine Hill was the location of the cave, known as the Lupercal, where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf that kept them alive. Rome has its origins on the Palatine. Recent (and ongoing) excavations show that people have lived there since approximately 1000 BC.
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View of the city from Palatine HIll.
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View of Rome from the back of Palatine Hill.
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The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I’s victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312. During the rule of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great (reigned 306–337), Christianity became a dominant religion of the Roman Empire. They actually used pieces of monuments previously built for other rulers. Recycling apparently isn’t a modern idea after all.
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Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. Begun in 141 A.D. This photo doesn’t even begin to show how enormous this temple really is!
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A piece of the temple of Saturn, we think.
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Deano in front of the temple to Saturn. Our good camera ran out of battery so all remaining photos of this day are on the video camera (like this one – not good quality!) or Deano’s phone. Too much to photograph here!!
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What is left of the temple of Saturn, traditionally dated to 497 BC. 2500 years old!!!!
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This is on the top of the Victor Emmanuel Monument in Rome. On the roof of the structure directly behind the pediments are bronze statues of the goddess Victoria (winged victory) riding a chariot being pulled by four horses. There are two of these statues at either side of the top of the monument. They add an additional 36 feet to the already 230 foot height of the monument.

 

 

 

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Gnocchi!
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Vino!!