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Friday, November 28, 2014
Slept in a bit today and after calling Alexander we set out for another big walking day. Firstly we ambled to the Pantheon, which is one of our very favourite buildings in Rome. It's perfectly designed and beautifully decorated. Craig loves the central OCULUS! Word for today. After that we ambled and found the Column of Marcus Aurileus, which is SO TALL. Along the way we walked through a protest – they seem to be becoming quite common ...
... square in the monastery but we had to be quiet because it was their siesta time. The church then opened at 3pm and we were able to look inside. It was very ornate and had lovely frescoes and carvings.
Then on to Frascati which is the closest Romani town to Rome and the largest. In Frascati we were going to visit the gardens of one of the patrician families, but it was quite a long walk and it was ...
... here. Finished in 220, and it could hold upwards of 1600 bathers. Fed by its private aqueduct and constantly being heated by wood fires below it was open to everyone even slaves.
Next we walked to Saint Nero and Achilles. This is a church founded by eunuch slave martyrs. Also called Titulus Fasciola, which means bandage, because of the legend of St. Peter. The church was unfortunately closed. ...
Today the lovely Dark Rome tour lady showed us the artistic side of the Vatican Museums. After a four hour tour of the paintings, sculptures and multilingual tourists photographers we ended in the awe inspiring Sistine chapel. As there was a papal address today, the entrance between the chapel ...
... arena was incredibly clever for the time. The floor below housed gladiators, animals, stage hands and prisoners to be condemned. Our guide was lovely but it was her first day and she was very nervous. I think she left a lot of information out. Didn't worry me because I knew I would be returning that night for the Colosseum at night tour.
The next step was onto the Roman Forum. This was the street that the emperors used to return to Rome. So if you ...