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ITALY - Rome


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Rome; Population - 60 million; Currency - Euro MORE ITALY

Following the Vatican City I spent a few days in Rome before my flight back to London, in November 2007.

 

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ital1aCastel Sant'Angelo, close to the Vatican, was built in the 2nd century by Hadrian, Rome

 

ital1bWalking along the Tiber river next to Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome

 

ital10The Spanish Steps were built in 1725 and named after the Spanish Embassy nearby, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital12The Spanish Steps, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital13aLooking down from the top of the Spanish Steps to the Piazza di Spagna , Rome

 

ital14There's plenty of designer shops near the Spanish Steps in Rome 

 

ital13Overlooking the Spanish Steps, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital14aSidestreets off the Via del Corso, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital20The Colosseum, originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre, was the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire - Rome

 

ital21The Colosseum could hold 50,000 spectators who would watch gladiatoral battles and other public events - Rome

 

 

ital22Building of the Colosseum was completed in 80AD and it's use continued until the 6th century - Rome

 

More info

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital29The inner and outer walls of the Colosseum - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital24The Colosseum - Rome

 

 

ital30The Colosseum - Rome

 

 

ital31Between the outer wall and the Colosseum arena - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital33Part of the arena floor has been reconstructed.
Underneath the floor lies the hypogeum which housed the gladiators, slaves, animals and hydraulic mechanisms - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital32Corridors in the Colosseum, Rome

 

 

 

ital37The Arch of Constantine as seen from the Colosseum.
It was built following Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital42The Domus Augsutana courtyard, the official residence of the emperors, is one of the Roman ruins on Palatine Hill, Rome

 

 

ital43At the edge of Palatine Hill looking south west is the Circus Maximus, where 200,000 would watch chariot races. It's little more than a park now - Rome

 

 

ital45The Palatine Museum, Palatine Hill - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital47There's excellent views of the Roman Forum from Palatine Hill, Rome

 

 

ital53The Roman Forum, with the Templo di Saturno on the left - Rome

 

 

ital49The Basilica of Maxentius, a meeting hall in the Roman Forum - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital51Templo di Saturno, Roman Forum - Rome

 

 

ital50The top of Il Vittoriano (left) is visible from the Roman Forum - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital56Behind the Roman Forum is the Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo in 1538 - Rome

 

 

ital58A statue of Marcus Aurelius in Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome

 

 

ital58aPiazza del Campidoglio, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital59A statue of Pollux in Piazza del Campidoglio.
Castor, his twin according to Roman mythology, is on the opposite side of the staircase - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital60Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome

 

 

ital62Returning from the Piazza del Campidoglio to the Roman Forum - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital63The Teatro di Marcello, or Marcellus Theatre, adds a Renaissance palazzo to a 1st century BC base.
It's now been converted to luxury flats - Rome

 

More info here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital66aThe Tiber river near Isola Tiberina, Rome

 

 

ital67Isola Tiberina lies in the Tiber river and is supposed to be the smallest inhabited island in the world - Rome

 

 

ital68A lake in Villa Borghese, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital71Looking down on Piazza del Popolo from Pincio, near Villa Borghese, Rome

 

 

ital72Pincio is in the background, above Piazza del Popolo - Rome

 

 

ital74Another sidestreet off Via del Corso, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital83One of my favourite sights in Rome, the Trevi Fountain, was completed in 1762 by Nicola Salvi

 

 

ital84The Trevi Fountain, Rome

 

 

ital86Seahorses and Neptune, the god of the sea in Roman mythology, rise from the water - Trevi Fountain, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital90The Trevi Fountain, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital78A walk between the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, Rome

 

 

ital93The Pantheon was built around 120AD under Hadrian's reign - Rome

 

More info on the Pantheon here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital96The original Pantheon was built in 27BC by Marcus Agrippa but was destroyed by fire.
The inscription reads 'Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, three times consul made it' - Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital97The Pantheon - Rome

 

 

ital106The Pantheon - Rome

 

 

ital98The concrete dome has a 9 metre oculus open to the sky - the Pantheon, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital100Watching you watching me at the Piazza della Rotonda, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital111Cafes and restaurants ring the Piazza Navona, Rome

 

 

ital113Piazza della Repubblica, close to Termini station, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital115The cobbled streets of Trastevere is a beautiful part of Rome

 

 

ital118Trastevere is a district of Rome on the west bank of the Tiber river

 

 

ital119The quiet streets of Trastevere, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital120An ivy covered wall in Trastevere, Rome

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ital121Trastevere, Rome

 

 

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LINKS

www.b-b.rm.it/index.php - Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Rome and Italy

www.rome30.com - a useful search facility for cheap accommodation in Rome

www.rome.info

www.rome-tourism.com - accommodation and tourism in Rome

www.italiantourism.com - guide to Italy

www.ultimateitaly.com

 

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