Well, several people have already been badgering me to let them have a peek at the pics I made when in Rome. I might not have been there long, but I tried to make the best of it with my camera. In fact I pretty much exhausted myself running up and down those hills of Rome. But surveying the harvest of pics I brought back with me, I think it was well worth the effort. And getting my hide out of rainy Britain and into the sun for a while also was much appreciated. :-)
Anyway, below are just a few impressions of the place I call Rome.
For those of you who thought that Rome was only about crumbling ancient ruins, it is far more. In fact, it is most likely one of the most delightful places on the planet, having been beautified and adorned for centuries by some of the world's greatest artists and architects.
But then be that as it may, this is a site on ancient Rome. :-)
On the left; the Via Sacra as seen from the Colosseum, looking towards the Arch of Titus, with the colonnade of the Temple of Venus on the right.
On the right: a sprawling look across the Forum Romanum from the opposite end.
And then there's the monument which is the very symbol of Rome in everybody's mind - the Colosseum.
It never fails to dazzle. It is simply gargantuan. No matter how many tourists venture in, it appears to swallow them up with its sheer size.
The pantheon, no doubt one of Rome's most breath-taking buildings.
The Forum Boarium, which was once the old meat and fish market, with its little temples set between wonderful flower bushes.
Also not to be missed is the complex known as Trajan's Market. These days partially used a modern art gallery, it still remains in good enough a condition to leave us in no doubt that the 'mall' was anything but an American invention.
The little round temple in the Area Sacra, the group of small buildings which once
adjoined the portico that was part of Pompey's theatre complex. It was in the immediate neighbourhood of the Area Sacra that a little known character called Julius Caesar was stabbed to death.
The Piazza Navona, the famous square, crowned by Bernini's 'Fountain of the Four Rivers', still retains the original shape of Domitian's circus which once stood upon it.
And here's a seal most town council's no doubt would kill for. The municipal administration of Rome still uses the infamous Roman seal 'SPQR' today.
It still adorns all kinds of public facilities. But for those numerous among you who were sending me e-mails whilst toying with the idea of getting a tattoo done like Maximus in the movie 'Gladiator'.
Quite apart from the explanations I gave you that it wasn't at all a badge of honour, seeing it on dust bins and sewer lids should perhaps be a further significant deterrent. :-)