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Ancient Rome (October 16, 2009)

A day in Ancient Rome, visit of the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum.

The Colosseum


We spent this first sunny day in Rome visiting the Ancient Rome. We visited Colosseum, Palatine Hill and Roman Forum.

We started with Il Vittoriano (also called “the Typewriter”), this monument is built of pure white marble and is one of the most controversial. It also holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
From there we went to Piazza del Campidoglio, during ancient Rome this place had been the heart of pagan Rome. The actual piazza and the 3 palazzos around had been designed by Michelangelo.

Then we visited the Colosseum. Of all the monuments in Rome, the Colosseum thrills the most. It is the largest elliptical amphitheatre built in the Roman Empire. Built between 70 and 80 it could hold up to 50.000 people. During more than 500 years gladiatorial games and public spectacles were held there. It was also used for mock sea battles, animal hunts, and executions.

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The Colosseum.

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The Roman Forum


We ended with Palatin Hill and Roman Forum. Palatin hill is where Romulus is said to have founded Rome. Many affluent Romans as well as emperors had their residences there.

During Republican period, Roman forum was the economic, justice and faith hub of the city. Ruins of public building are located in this place: Senate House, Basilicas where trials took place. It was first developed in the 6th century BC and expanded to become the centre of the Roman Republic. Its importance declined after the 7th century AD. Some of the temples are still visible today; unfortunately most of the temples are now a foundation and a couple of columns. (Temple of Saturn, Temple of Vespasian and Titus, Temple of Vesta...).

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Arch of Septimius Severus and Arch of Titus on Via Sacra.

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View from Palatine Hill.

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The Roman Forum.

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Temple of Antoninus and Faustina and Temple of Vespasian.

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Temple of Saturn in front of Campidoglio.

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Information


  • Roma Pass entitles holders to free admission to the first two museums and/or archaeological sites visited, full access to the public transport system, reduced tickets and discounts for any other following museums and sites visited (in October 2009 it cost 23€); nonetheless Vatican museums are not included.

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