There are over 1000 fountains in Rome. One of the most famous is the Trevi Fountain pictured below in the first three pictures. The legend is that if you toss a coin over your shoulder into this fountain you will return to Rome.
4. This fountain is one of four at an intersection called “the four fountains.” Each one depicts a different scene from Greek mythology.
5. This fountain shows the legend of Romulus and Remus being nursed by a she wolf.
Visiting the Roman forum was an incredible trip back in time. Shown here is the…
1. …temple dedicated to the emperor and his wife.
2. …stone from which The speech was delivered on the occasion of Julius Caesar’s death; he said, “I am here to honor him.” 3. …remains of Julius Caesar’s temple, the foundation only. 4. …Wall Street of Ancient Rome.
5. …remains of the temple to the Vestal Virgins, with the emperor’s palace in the background.
The colosseum was actually built over Nero’s famous golden house and takes its name from the Colossus statue he erected of himself, as tall as the colosseum, shown in the first photo below.
The statistics for the colosseum are amazing to consider:
Pictured in the fourth and fifth photos is the under structure of the colosseum showing how animals were brought up from beneath. This the floor of the colosseum was composed of boards supported by cement pillars covered with sand to absorb the blood.
The morning events of the colosseum centered around hunting animals. Then at lunch criminals were brought into the arena for punishment.
Asked to design or rearrange capitoline square, Michelangelo re-architected this famous area for culture and government in the shape of a square/trapezoid.
Among the buildings here include the national archives of Rome (dating back 2000 years) and a national museum, Capitoline Museum, the oldest in the world.
1. Famous steps for weddings,built in 1348 as thanks to the BVM for removing the pestilence from the city.
2. A close up of the “Capitol building” sometimes called a “typewriter” for its boxy shape.
3. Statues at the top of the square steps. (These steps were specially designed for horse carriages to mount.)
4. It was Romes 2,766 birthday on this Sunday so there was a special performance by Italy’s special forces. (Our guide kept calling it the “Christmas of Rome”)
5. It was an exclusive area. This apartment belongs to Sophia Lauren.
St. Paul was under “house arrest” when in Rome. This is the location where (or near where) he was imprisoned. He would have been chained to his guard but otherwise relatively free in his movements and associations. The Bible describes the Gospel he preached at this time in his ministry as going forth unhindered.
1. A street behind the piaza Sao Paulo Regulo. (Regulo means “sand” because this is near the Tiber river.) 2. The rear / “front entrance” of the church.
3. A street sign
4. A lovely door in the piaza
5. A closer picture of the church.