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Rome, Italy

In front of the Arch of Constantine
At the Via Sacra
The Forum
Palatine Hill
Jerry listening in to an English tour guide
San Giovanni Laterano
Over-rated Spanish Steps
The twin towers by the the Spanish Steps
Piazza di Spagna or Spanish Steps
Trevi Fountain
Preparing to toss some coins on the fountain
Sunday mass at the St. Peter's Basilica
The Pope giving the noon time benediction
Close-up of the Pope's window (with red streamer)
June 14-15 - More of Ancient Rome and St. Peter's Basilica...

(Arch of Constantine

On this arch immediately outside the Colosseum, sculptural friezes commemorate the first Christian emperor's military successes -- most of the sculptures and medallions were taken from earlier monuments.


The most frequently evoked symbol of Rome, where gladiatorial combat was held. Unfortunately, the Flavian Amphitheater (as it was originally named), became a handy source of marble for various popes who stripped it for their building projects. Even though you're not seeing it as in the days of the Empire, its size and history are quite breathtaking. Audio tours and guided archaeological tours are available. From mid July to the end of September plays are staged in and around the Colosseum. Almost year-round, you'll see a handful of people in gladiator costumes who are out front trying to make a few lire off the tourists.

Roman Forum

Once the political and religious epicenter of the Western world, the Forum today appears as fragmented columns. However, even as ruins, the Forum has become a testament to Roman and, indeed, all Western, civilization. The best view is at night, thanks to the skillfully placed lighting.

Within the Forum are the Sacred Way, the Via Trionfale (an avenue where victorious generals paraded with their soldiers and prisoners to the base of Capitoline Hill) and the Arch of Titus. On the south side of the Forum is the Palatine Museum.

Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps

The piazza is the heart of Rome's most fashionable shopping area, and it's familiar to residents and visitors alike because of the Spanish Steps ascending grandly from it -- they're a great place to perch, rest and watch street musicians, vendors, young lovers and other tourists. The steps are at their most impressive in spring, when the staircases are decorated with azaleas -- it's really something to behold. At the base sits a Bernini fountain, John Keats' house overlooks the steps, and at the top there's a grand view of the city.

Trevi Fountain

The iconic fountain is usually thronged with tourist groups repeating the long-standing tradition of throwing a coin in before leaving Rome. Turn your back to the fountain, toss a coin over your shoulder and into the water, and a return to the city is assured. Even with the crowds, you should be able to get a good view of the mighty god Neptune riding his winged chariot through gushing waters supplied by the ancient Acqua Vergine aqueduct. Nicely illuminated at night.

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