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ITALY - Rome

Location - Western Europe; Capital - Rome; Population - 60 million; Currency - Euro MORE ITALY

Following the Vatican City I spent a few days in Rome before my flight back to London, in November 2007.


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ital1aCastel Sant'Angelo, close to the Vatican, was built in the 2nd century by Hadrian, Rome


ital1bWalking along the Tiber river next to Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome


ital10The Spanish Steps were built in 1725 and named after the Spanish Embassy nearby, Rome
















ital12The Spanish Steps, Rome


















ital13aLooking down from the top of the Spanish Steps to the Piazza di Spagna , Rome


ital14There's plenty of designer shops near the Spanish Steps in Rome 


ital13Overlooking the Spanish Steps, Rome















ital14aSidestreets off the Via del Corso, Rome
















ital20The Colosseum, originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre, was the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire - Rome


ital21The Colosseum could hold 50,000 spectators who would watch gladiatoral battles and other public events - Rome



ital22Building of the Colosseum was completed in 80AD and it's use continued until the 6th century - Rome


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ital29The inner and outer walls of the Colosseum - Rome
















ital24The Colosseum - Rome



ital30The Colosseum - Rome



ital31Between the outer wall and the Colosseum arena - Rome



















ital33Part of the arena floor has been reconstructed.
Underneath the floor lies the hypogeum which housed the gladiators, slaves, animals and hydraulic mechanisms - Rome














ital32Corridors in the Colosseum, Rome




ital37The Arch of Constantine as seen from the Colosseum.
It was built following Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD - Rome


















ital42The Domus Augsutana courtyard, the official residence of the emperors, is one of the Roman ruins on Palatine Hill, Rome



ital43At the edge of Palatine Hill looking south west is the Circus Maximus, where 200,000 would watch chariot races. It's little more than a park now - Rome



ital45The Palatine Museum, Palatine Hill - Rome















ital47There's excellent views of the Roman Forum from Palatine Hill, Rome



ital53The Roman Forum, with the Templo di Saturno on the left - Rome



ital49The Basilica of Maxentius, a meeting hall in the Roman Forum - Rome















ital51Templo di Saturno, Roman Forum - Rome



ital50The top of Il Vittoriano (left) is visible from the Roman Forum - Rome



















ital56Behind the Roman Forum is the Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo in 1538 - Rome



ital58A statue of Marcus Aurelius in Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome



ital58aPiazza del Campidoglio, Rome















ital59A statue of Pollux in Piazza del Campidoglio.
Castor, his twin according to Roman mythology, is on the opposite side of the staircase - Rome



















ital60Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome



ital62Returning from the Piazza del Campidoglio to the Roman Forum - Rome



















ital63The Teatro di Marcello, or Marcellus Theatre, adds a Renaissance palazzo to a 1st century BC base.
It's now been converted to luxury flats - Rome


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ital66aThe Tiber river near Isola Tiberina, Rome



ital67Isola Tiberina lies in the Tiber river and is supposed to be the smallest inhabited island in the world - Rome



ital68A lake in Villa Borghese, Rome
















ital71Looking down on Piazza del Popolo from Pincio, near Villa Borghese, Rome



ital72Pincio is in the background, above Piazza del Popolo - Rome



ital74Another sidestreet off Via del Corso, Rome















ital83One of my favourite sights in Rome, the Trevi Fountain, was completed in 1762 by Nicola Salvi



ital84The Trevi Fountain, Rome



ital86Seahorses and Neptune, the god of the sea in Roman mythology, rise from the water - Trevi Fountain, Rome















ital90The Trevi Fountain, Rome
















ital78A walk between the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon, Rome



ital93The Pantheon was built around 120AD under Hadrian's reign - Rome


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ital96The original Pantheon was built in 27BC by Marcus Agrippa but was destroyed by fire.
The inscription reads 'Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, three times consul made it' - Rome















ital97The Pantheon - Rome



ital106The Pantheon - Rome



ital98The concrete dome has a 9 metre oculus open to the sky - the Pantheon, Rome















ital100Watching you watching me at the Piazza della Rotonda, Rome















ital111Cafes and restaurants ring the Piazza Navona, Rome



ital113Piazza della Repubblica, close to Termini station, Rome















ital115The cobbled streets of Trastevere is a beautiful part of Rome



ital118Trastevere is a district of Rome on the west bank of the Tiber river



ital119The quiet streets of Trastevere, Rome
















ital120An ivy covered wall in Trastevere, Rome















ital121Trastevere, Rome



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