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My Hotel near the Coliseum, the
Hotel Fori Imperiali Cavalieri. I
also stayed here in 2005.
The Via dei Fori Imperiali which
is built on what used to be
several Roman Forums. On the
weekend it was closed to traffic.
The Flavian Amphitheater (70-80
AD) better known as the Colosseum.
Its name derived from the nearby
colossol statue of Nero. The area of
red on the grass near the road.
The Colosseum and the nearby
Arch of Constantine.
The south side of the Colosseum
which is the most denuded. From
stone robbers, quarrying and
damage from earthquakes. The
wall on the right is a brace.
On the ground floor of the
Colosseum. Looking into the
animal pens. I picked up my ticket
at the nearby Forum and avoided
the long lines.
The interior of the Colosseum
from the second level that is
open to tourists.  The platform on
the "floor" is only open to tours.
The monumental hall of the
Septizodium a portion of the
Flavian Palace rebuilt by
Septimius Severus between 193
and 211 AD.
The gardens of the Domitan
Palace on Palatine Hill.
Looking right at the split in the
Colosseum from the Temple of
Venus and Roma.
The Arch of Titus, constructed in
82 AD by his brother Domitan. It
commemorates Emperor Titus's
victories. The entrance of the
Via Sacre to the Forums.
The Basilica Santi Cosma e
Damiano which was built by
Maxentius around 312 AD. Possibly
known as the Temple of Romulus. It
was converted to a church in 526 AD.
Up until the 17th century this
was a hall off of the nearby
Basilica. It was later changed
back to its Roman appearance
as the Forums were excavated.
The Temple of Antoninus and
Faustina (141 AD) which was
adapted into the church of San
Lorenzo in Miranda possibly as
early as the 7th century.
The remains of the Temple of
Castor and Pollux built by the son
of the last King of Rome (495 BC).
The Temple of Vesta one of the
oldest buildings in the Forum
(possibly 7th Century BC). It survived
until the 1549 when it was ransacked
for marble for use in Papal palaces.
The Roman Senate (Curia Julia)
built around 44 BC by Julius
Caesar.  I do not believe it is ever
open to the public.
The remains of the front portico of
the Temple of Saturn thought to
have been built in 497 BC.
The arch of Septimius Severus
(203 AD) built to commemorate
the Parthian Victories of the
Emperor and his two sons. You
used to be able to walk through it.
The Via Sacre through the heart
of the Roman Forum. Palatine
hill on the right.
You used to be able to walk
through the forum on the Via
Sacre. Now it is blocked by a pile
of junk. It was also a public walk
now it is pay only to get in.
The Via dei Fori Imperiali closed
to cars on the summer weekend. I
guess to promote tourism.  They
would be better making it
permanently narrower.
The Temple of Mars Ultor (Mars
the Avenger) in the Forum of
Augustus. Completed  around 2
The Basilica Ulpia in the
foreground in the Forum of Trajan.  
The the background is Trajan’s
Forum and the churchs of Santa
Maria (1501) and Santissimo (1736).
The Trevi Fountain a baroque
fountain completed in 1762 AD.
The most over visited tourist site in
Crowded side street near Piazza
Street vendors and shops near
the Pantheon.
The Pantheon.  Frequently
attributed to Hadrian (126 AD) but
recent studies suggest Hadrian's
version burned down and was
repaired by Trajan's architects.
Inside the Pantheon. It became a
Christian Church in 609 AD which
probably saved it from falling into
ruin. At one point it had twin bell
A beam of light from the oculus
43.3 meters above the floor. The
interior of the rotunda is a perfect
sphere. Still the largest unsupported
concrete dome in the world.
The Temple of Juturna (241 BC)
in the foreground. In the
background is a temple (101 BC)
devoted to Fortuna Huiusce Diei
(The Fortune of the Day).
The 12th Century Basilica of St.
Mary of the Altar of Heaven. Built
at the highest point of the
Capitoline Hill and at the top of
many steps.
Inside the Basilica of St. Mary of the
Altar of Heaven. It was reputed to be
built on and incorporating the ruins
of the Temple of Juno Moneta (from
which the word "money" is derived.
The interior is full of a lot of light
from the high windows and has
an amazing ceiling (fully
The forum from Capitoline Hill. In
2005 I was able to climb the Via
Sacre to the height of the hill but
now it is blocked with a chain.
The Theatre of Marcellus (13 BC)
which was the largest theatre in
ancient Rome. It was turned into a
fortress which is the reason it
The Pons Aemilius the oldest
bridge (142 BC) crossing the
Tiber. Successive floods in the
Middle Ages destroyed it.
The Temple of Hercules Victor
dating from 2nd Century BC. It
was mistaken as a Temple of
Vesta until Napoleonic times.
The Temple of Portunus dating
from the 1st Century BC Portunus
was the god of keys, doors and
livestock. Later evolving into a
god of ports.
The Monument of Victor
Emanuel II built between 1855
and 1911 to celebrate Italian
Trajan's Market, part of Trajan's
Forum. The market is thought to
be the world's oldest shopping
mall. It was completed in 113 AD.
The Piazza Venezia from atop
the Monument of Victor Emanuel
II.  I am lined up directly with the
Via dei Corso which leads to the
Piazza del Popolo.
Capitoline Hill in the foreground
and the ruins of Imperial palaces
on Palatine Hill behind it.
The Colosseum from a distance.
The roof of the Pantheon in the
center of the image. At one
time it was coated in bronze
plates. These were melted down
for canon in the Middle Ages.
Another picture of the
Colosseum and the empty Via
dei Fori Imperiali.
A few ancient Fiats that are used
to take American tourists around
to the sights.
Egyptian obelisk of Rameses II in
the Piazza del Popolo. Augustus
brought it to Rome in 10 BC.  It
was moved here in 1818 AD.
The twin churches of Santa
Maria in Montesanto (1662 AD)
on the left and Santa Maria dei
Miracoli (1675 AD) on the right.
The Spanish Steps (1723 AD).
They are 135 steps linking the
Trinita dei Monti church with the
Bourbon Spanish Embassy.
The Palace of Justice over
-looking Piazza Cavour. The seat
of the Supreme Court of
Cassation. Popularly called the
Palazzaccio (Bad Palace).
The moat around Castel
Hadrian's Tomb (130-139 AD) the
resting place of the ashes of
many Roman Emperors. In 401
AD it became a castle and was
later claimed by the Pope.
St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
Consecrated in 1626 AD on the
site of previous Churches. There
has been a church here since
Emperor Constantine.
Michelangeo's Pieta (1498 - 1499
AD) in the first chapel of the North
aisle of St. Peter's Basilica.
The nave of St. Peter's Basilica
looking from the entrance to
chancel. It is 151 feet tall.
Bernini's baldacchino, a pavilion
like structure 98 feet tall and
claimed to be the largest piece
of bronze in the world.
Bernini's "Cathedra Petri" and
"Gloria". The Cathedra Petri is the
supposed Throne of St. Peter.
Attributed to the Saint but dating
from the 12th Century.
Sunlight streaming through the
Dome of St. Peter. It is 448 feet
One of the Swiss Guard of the
Vatican. The Guard has served
the popes since the 16th Century.
They are still made up of Swiss
military recruits.
White tents along the banks of the
Tiber. They are temporary bars,
restaurants and shops open at
night in the summer.
Sunlight illuminating the
Colosseum on my last evening in
The Elephant and Obelisk
sculpture designed by Bernini
(1667). The Egyptian obelisk had
just be discovered in an
excavation in Rome.
The sun setting on the Pantheon.
Artists sell there art in the Piazza
Navona. Built on the site of the
Stadium of Domitan (1st Century
Musicians playing outdoor in the
Piazza Navona after dark.
The Capitoline Hill Piazza
designed by Michelangelo. The
equestrian statue is of Marcus
Aurelius (1536 AD). At the time it
was placed here they thought it
was the Christian Emperor
Lights in the closed Roman
Evening photo of the Colosseum.