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We then walked thru to the Roman Forum.
The original area was marsh and then it was developed in the 7th Century BC. Over a thousand years the Forum remained the focus of civic life and new buildings continued to be erected. In the middle ages it was completely neglected and became cow pasture. In 1503-1513 it was pillaged to build Rome. In the past century archaeologists have tried to restore the area.
Originally the altar got buried underneath more modern buildings in its original location and some of it was moved to other sites. In 1937, Benito Mussolini, the Fascist Party leader at the time decided to celebrate the 2000 anniversary of Augustus's birth. Mussolini had the bright idea to move it all and relocate it near to the Augustus Mausoleum. Extreme water problems kept filling the excavation site, ...
After the long 9 hour flight we arrived in Roma! We headed to the Hertz counter and Jason requested the upgrade to the Audi A5! He was drooling over the car and we all gave in and crammed into the A5. After 2 hours in the car, we stopped in the small town of Orvieto for lunch. There was a magnificent cathedral there with such incredible detail.
We then traveled the winding roads of Toscano and arrived in San Quirico ...
... got to the Vatican. We got special entry and didn't have to line up in the general queue. We also got access to the Vatican museum and the Bramante Staircase that is not available to the general public. We also had a local expert providing commentary during our tour, using an audio headset which turned out to be very useful when you have so many people wandering through the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter's Basilica.
A couple of times we picked up ...