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... relief of the Menorah.
10. Basilica Julia - consecrated by Caesar.
11. Basilica of Antoninus and Faustina - Temple of Antonius and Faustina, Senate House where Julius Caesar had his funeral.
12. House of the Vestals - see where the priestesses kept their eternal flame.
This tour was very demanding but very interesting and comprehensive. Marina was our guide and again had lots of information about the Colesseum. ...
... gathered up volunteers once more and marched on Rome but was opposed by the government due to the threat of the French who sided with the Pope. Garibaldi was shot in the hip and foot in that battle and we still have his boot to remember the day. This boot is a symbol by which we can remember the cost and hard times that these men suffered in trying to bring Italy together under a unified banner once more.
... some of the more notable sites we can walk to today.
We carefully pick our streets and head towards Piazza Navona, a central square that has been inhabited for over 2000 years. The Piazza came into its own in the 15th Century when the papacy returned to Rome. Princes, Popes as well as Artists and Artisans settled here and build the many lavish palaces, churches and fountains that exist today. The two Baroque statues at either end of the Piazza were sculpted by ...
... lucky enough to be given access by a 96 year old Nun into a small church which had all walls and the ceiling covered in Frescos. Next we visit the Pantheon which was converted from a temple into a Basilica. What an amazing structure which is so different from anything we have seen before. Time for some dinner and we end up in a lovely square with three fountains. This square is clean and lively, buzzing with tourists and locals. Back to the bus and our ...
... by the Pope, and contains a relic of the communion table of St Peter, and the baldacchino which hangs over the High Altar contains a reliquary with the heads of St Peter and St Paul. The Altar of the Holy Sacrament contains a cedar table that is said to be the one used by Christ at the Last Supper.The kids were very impressed with the enormous statues of the saints- which didn't seem huge until we stood below them!
The obelisk outside Laterno (to the side, where ...