In the square of Campo De’ Fiori, the ominous statue of the heretic Giordano Bruno stands watch on the spot where he was burned. (Creepy but definitely interesting)
In all the midst of the hubbub of the Christmas market, the church stands tall in Campo De’ Fiori.
The Colosseum! Built in A.D. 72, right after the destruction of Jerusalem, it is most famous for the gladiator battles held inside. On a peak day, it could hold up to 50,000 spectators, rich and poor. Today it is the most famous symbol of Imperial Rome and one of the “greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering.”
Here is in the interior of the Colosseum, with all of the tunnels where the gladiators, animals, and day’s entertainment would wait to emerge.
Vatican City loves its gummies!
At every street corner you can find this European specialty: fire roasted chestnuts.
The Roman Forum, center of political, social, and spiritual activity. Here we can see the Colosseum, the Temple of Vesta, the Temple of Romulus, and countless other ruins.
This one’s for you, Audrey Hepburn. The Bocca di Veritas- Mouth of Truth, which according to legend will bite down on your hand if you are a liar.
The imperial Victor Emmanual monument, with the tomb of the unknown soldier and eternal flame, guarded at all times by two guards.
Viva Italia! (at the Victor Immanuel)
On Palatine Hill, across the street from the Colosseum, we explored what used to be the home of the emperor. This is the stadium, also known as the emperor’s “rec room.”
This is the Pantheon, my husband’s favorite sight in Rome. It is huge, old, and impressive, just like most of the sights in Rome.
Right beside the Colosseum is Constantine’s Arch, a triumphant commemoration of Constantine I’s great military victory in A.D. 312.
The Trevi Fountain- the largest in Rome and one of the most famous fountains in the world. It features tritons who are “taming the waters” that sustained Rome from the aqueducts. What you can’t see here is the mass of tourists who were also snapping photos and admiring it!
Vatican Circle, at the heart of Vatican City, which was completely packed with people on Christmas Day when the Pope gave his special message.
The interior and altar of St. Peter’s basilica. It is nicknamed “God’s Four Post Bed” for its immense size and ornate decoration.
After climbing a LOT of stairs, (phew!) we made it to the up close view of the cupola(dome).