More explorations in Central Rome!

Trip Start Mar 15, 2012
Trip End Mar 31, 2012

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Day 3 - early afternoon

This time around, we took another route to explore by foot the central part of the city of Rome!  By walking on a cobblestone street right behind our hotel, we were led up a hill where we could see below the ruins of the entire Roman Forum on Palatine Hill and its breathtaking columns still standing quite high reaching the sky. 

In the far distance, the magnificent Colosseum could be seen in between ancient structures and emerald green color trees.  Well, let me tell you that from where I stood, the panoramic view of Ancient Rome was absolutely superb!

By continuing on, we immediately set foot at the Piazza del Campidoglio on Capitoline Hill.  I soon learned after reading a sign, that here I was standing in an area where the famous Michelangelo in the 16th century redesigned the piazza, renovated the facades of the palaces and built a new flight of steps called the Cordonata that led to this main place.   Wow, was the word I immediately said to Michel as I glanced all around me trying to absorb as much details as possible!  And what do you think I did afterwards!   I had to touch everything and go up and down those famous steps!  Ha, ha, ha!   Pictures please!

Next site visited was the Victor Emmanuel Monument, an impressive huge white marble building completed in 1935 to honor Victor Emmanuel, the first king of the unified Italy.  By going inside, we were able to go straight up to the roof where a 360 degree view of Rome could be seen. 

I was becoming more of an expert now in walking the streets of Ancient Rome.  My sense of orientation was doing wonders and by having focal points, I knew exactly where we were and where our hotel was located as well!  Plus, let's not forget, I had that map that everyone walked around with!  Ha, ha, ha! 

Talking about maps, I have to tell you that Michel was the bearer and reader of it!  I gave him that job while I took tons of pictures!  Plus I didn’t want to be bothered of taking my glasses out every time I had to look at it!   Well, do you think we got deviated from the routes occasionally!  Ha, ha, ha!  But this brought us to amazing sites and places that I don’t think I would have seen otherwise! 

All the side streets of Ancient Rome were quite narrow and made of cobblestone pavement.  Many and I repeat, many small cafes, boutiques, restaurants, terraces adorned these streets all nicely decorated with multicolored flowers!  It was a photographer’s paradise and it became quite obvious to me why people loved so much Italy.  I was falling in love with Rome myself!

Enough daydreaming…..we were now en route to locate one’s of Rome’s famous fountain!  But first, Michel had to find it on the map!

Monique   :-)

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