Friday, September 20, 2013

Ancient Rome, Part 1 ~ June 26th

So, we wrapped up our tour of the apartment, and now that we had the lay of the land so to speak, on where we were staying, we knew we didn’t have enough time to walk to the Colosseum for our 12:30 tour with Walks of Italy. So, lucky enough our apartment is right at a taxi stand area. We jumped in a taxi big enough for six and off we went! We found our meeting spot and our guide right on time! Again – I love when a plan comes together! We chose their VIP All Access Tour which includes the Underground Access of the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. 

Our guide’s name was Juvita and she was originally from Poland. She moved to Italy 13 years ago. She was fantastic! We started the tour with a brief overview of the outside of the Colosseum and the surrounding area.

Then we walked to the Roman Forum. On the way there we passed some current excavations in progress!

We walked into the Forum and she told us about many of the buildings and what life would have been like during the time.

This is the memorial to Julius Caesar, it's where he was cremated! There are fresh flowers here every day!

Which by the way, the ruins in front of our apartment, at Largo Argentina, is where it's believed that Julius Caesar was killed! Right there out our window are the ruins of Pompey's Theater! 

Anyway...back to the Forum!

It doesn't really come across in the pictures, but the size of some of these buildings is massive! It's amazing to me just how huge these areas must have been in their time!

Next we stopped at the Arch of Titus and learned a bit about the arch and the carvings on it....wish I remember what she said!

After the Forum we went to Palatine Hill. She explained the history and told some stories, showing us the major sites.

As we were at Palatine Hill a huge black cloud started coming over head. This was actually the first sign of bad weather on our entire trip. But is was dark and it was looming.

We started seeing some lightening strikes in the distance. The group voted to start heading towards the Colosseum where we’d be out of the rain and unfortunately our time here was cut a bit short.

We walked quickly through the what we could and got an abbreviated a tour of Palatine Hill!

The wind was picking up quite a bit! As we walked towards the Colosseum, we stopped at the Arch of Constantine. Here there was so much dust blowing around! It was a serious dust storm! You can't tell too much from the picture, but you can sort of see the dust blowing around a bit...

I love the sky in this picture!  It's one of my favorite shots...

Next up...three weeks after we first arrived and saw it for the first time, we get to tour the Colosseum!  Just amazing!

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