The Italians are very stylish people. Really. They are.
But...how do you honestly walk down cobblestone roads in three inch heels and not break your leg?
I know I couldn't do it.
Troy was amused at my photos of all the crazy shoes people would wear sightseeing. But...I just couldn't help it.
I think my favorite part of Rome were the ruins. It's just fascinating to think about walking in places that are thousands of years old...places around since the time of Christ...and longer.
The Forum and Colosseum were wonderful. Rome is a city built on top of a city and the ruins are everywhere. The Italians have done a good job of unearthing them and restoring some as well.
This is what remains of the Temple of Saturn. It was originally built in the 4th Century BC and rebuilt in the 200s AD.
This is the sacred way...the main street of ancient Rome. It starts at Capitoline Hill and ends at the Colosseum.
At the end of the sacred way...just as you leave the forum and reach the Colosseum is the Arch of Titus, built in 82 AD. This arch inspired many others, including the Arc de Triomphe.
And of course, the most iconic Roman site, for me, is the Colosseum. Since our hotel was very near here, we were able to see it at many different times of the day. My favorite was just before dusk.
From inside the Colosseum.
The Arch of Constantine...built in 312 AD...marks his victory over Maxentius...and inscribed with the words instinctu divinitatis, inspired by the divine...and an indication of his acceptance of Christianity. He was the first Christian emperor of Rome.
This beautiful church is situated on the Eastern side of the Forum. It was built in the 800s AD. It is the Basilica of Santa Francesca Romana. Don't you just love the Madonna and child up there?
I loved Rome. I really hope to return one day, and see not only Rome, but all the cities of Italy.
In addition to all we saw, I cannot begin to even describe how wonderful the food was. I have a new found love for pasta and don't even get me started on the gelato.
Thanks to Shannon for the recommendations...San Crispino's gelato was to die for.
My only regret is that I always feel like such a geek taking photos of my food, so I don't have any to show you. I need to get over that and just do it.
One more post tomorrow about the Vatican.