Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Last day in Rome - The Roman Forum and the Colosseum

Vittorio Emanuele II Monument

 Not sure what was going on, but we enjoyed it. Anybody know? This was March 17th, 2014.

 Cafe Oppio

Want a yummy lunch spot with marvelous views of the Colosseum? Go to Cafe Oppio. 
I hadn't had any breakfast so I got a pizza with hard boiled eggs on top. Yes, it was delicious!

 Just outside and across the street from Cafe Oppio, I think you will find the best elevated view and thus, perfect picture spot, of the Colosseum. The secret is out.

The Colosseum

The Colosseum was actually named the Amphitheater and building began in AD 72. There used to be a GIANT statue called the Colossus Neronis, a 30 m bronze statue that the Emperor Nero had created, that was moved to a place outside the Amphitheater. Some people say that is the origin of the Amphitheater being called the Colosseum.

Can you see the yellow dots on our shirts in the pictures below? We found a tour with an English-speaking tour guide in front of the Colosseum. We asked this time if it was English only. The group was small and the tour guides were really good! I think we paid about 30-40 Euros each (sorry, I've slept since then), and it was worth it!


Can you tell that this was on St. Patrick's Day?

The Roman Forum

I didn't want to flood you with too many pictures of things you may not know, so here are just a few. This was also part of our tour.
From Right to Left - Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, Temple of Romulus, and the Basilica of Constantine and Maxentius.

See previous picture. :)

Steve in front of the Arch of Titus (AD 81)

Booing the hordes of students that where being herded like cattle through there. We didn't stay long. :(

 Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Rome

Good times at The Shamrock Pub.
 The next place we just happened across. We heard the music and went in.
For different cultures, I am giving "the deuce". It's like saying "What's up?" It is not, as in Scotland, flipping you off. :) Just to be clear. hehe

Steve kept snapping pictures nonstop so we just started making faces at him.. HAHA.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rome - Our guidemap, Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Castel S. Angelo, and the Mausoleum of Augustus

Many of the discoveries of this day can be credited to an awesome map I bought. The fact that I have things labeled and knew what they were, was also due to the map. It listed landmarks and gave information about them! Thank you MapEasy's Guidemap to Rome.

Column of Marcus erected in AD 180

You just don't see work produced like this anymore..

This was a fantastic place for coffee! Just cram yourself in with the locals and push your way to great espresso!

 For lunch we went to a great place called Il Delfino. You grab a tray and tell the very friendly staff what you would like for lunch. The sandwiches are yummy. Steve said the hot dog was good too! This is a really good low-cost place to have some comfort food.

 The Pantheon

Building started in AD 128! It's very crowded there. Avoid the people trying to get you to take pictures with them. They want you to pay them. Just tell them "no," and if they try to dress you up in their props, give it back! They really harass you if you give them the slightest hesitation.

Here is a tiny peak inside. I don't want to completely ruin it for you.

Piazza Navona

I feel like this is a must see. It's a great place for pictures, fun street performers, and cheap art if you are interested. Underneath the Piazza Navona are the remains of the Stadium of Domitian. You can see a part of it from the north side of of the piazza. I've read that you just peer over some railing there. We didn't know about it until after we visited, so we didn't see it!

This guy was great. Totally worth the Euro I gave him. :)
It drove me crazy that those people were selling their junk everywhere. They were always in the way of great picture spots.

Castel S. Angelo

View of Ponte S. Angelo

Originally housed the National Courts of Law

 Mausoleum of Augustus

 You weren't allowed inside, so I tried to get a couple of pictures through the fence!

 Piazza del Popolo

Symmetrical churches. Cool.
Michael Jackson is everywhere.

For dinner we ate at Gusto near the Mausoleum. The food was really good and reasonably priced. I had a truffle burger that was delicious! We ended the night with another trip to the Trevi Fountain. Chris and Angela wanted to do the coin toss. :)