Wednesday, October 24, 2007

More From Rome


Today, I thought I would show you around Rome some more. The photo above shows the Memorial to Victor Emmanuel II. If I remember correctly it was completed in the early 1920s to honor this King of Italy. Today, it also houses the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It is made of white marble & has numerous columns, archways, statues, horses, stairways and even a fountain.

This is the remains of the Roman Forum which was the center of ancient Rome. It was a big marketplace and judicial center.

The Roman Coliseum which is an amphitheater that was the scene of bloody fights between gladiators and animals. The floor could even be flooded so mock sea battles could be fought.

Circus Maximus, the largest of the chariot tracks. Roughly 4 mile chariot races took place here as well as festivals & other celebrations. Today it is used as a park.

The ruins of some Roman Baths. Most people did not have bathing facilities in their homes and attended these public bathing places. There were usually a menu of massage oils and cold,warm,hot, or mud baths. It was also a place for swimming and socializing.

Castel Sant'Angelo, a beautiful fortress.

Trevi Fountain. The largest & probably most famous Baroque fountain in Rome. In the archway in the center of the fountain is a statue of Neptune. Immortalized in the song "Three Coins in the Fountain", it is said that if you throw a coin into the fountain, that you will return to Rome. I have to believe it is true as I have done so and have now been there three times!

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