Visit to the Roman Forum on Palatine Hill

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

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Sunday, March 18, 2012

Day 4 - morning

Another day, another adventure I quickly told Michel as we stepped foot outside the hotel under a gorgeous blue sky and beautiful yellow sun shining way above us! It was much warmer than I thought but regardless, I brought my jacket with me just in case.  After all, we weren't coming back here to the hotel until much later. 

I was quite excited today because you see, this evening at 6:00pm, we were getting to meet the people who were joining us on our tour around Italy.  I was anxious to see who was going to be on it and "Get the show going", meaning start our escapade around the country!  But before any of this could happen and since today was a brand new day opening in front of me, a brand new day just waiting for me to explore its city’s main attractions, I quickly stopped daydreaming and followed Michel down the street! 

Talk about bad timing! Today of all days, something was going on!   It soon became apparent to me that a marathon was taking place right here and now.  Groan!   Due to this, many streets were blocked with high wired fences as people ran right in the middle of the roads making it impossible for us to walk where we wanted to go.  Plus to make matters worse, a lot of the streets which I had gotten to know were now closed.  Of all days, it had to be today!

As we passed right in front of the Roman Forum located really close to the Colosseum, we decided to spend some time there and let the marathon take its course. Good thinking right!  After all, we weren’t so much of in a rush plus the place seemed like a nice one to visit on an early Sunday morning!  So after paying the required fee, we passed the gate and proceeded to explore the grounds!

It proved to be quite an excellent idea as the huge place was actually deserted except for occasionally seeing a few couples walking here and there.  Other than that, I had the place all to myself, with Michel of course!  Yeahhhh!

Well you should know that being surrounded by ruins of several important ancient buildings in the center of the city of Rome, I enjoyed every single minute of it.    As I walked around, I passed right next to impressive surviving structures while others stood in ruins next to gigantic columns reaching for the sky.  Pathways led from one place to another allowing me to admire the vistas from many angles.  In one particular place, I was able to see the Colosseum from a higher elevation and you don’t have to ask me, I was ecstatic!   Pictures please! 

We eventually made our way towards the Arch of Titus, a 1st century built structure located south-east of the Roman Forum.  It appeared to be in pretty good shape considering its age.  However, as opposed to the Arch of Constantine located right next to the Colosseum which had three arches, this one only had one!   Regardless, I was as impressed to see it and took several pictures of me standing right in the middle of it!  Ha, ha, ha!

Continuing on with our little explorations of the Roman Forum, another structure, this one with three arches stood at the northwest end of this gigantic place.  Looking at the sign, it was the Arch of Septimius Severus, a white marble structure built in the second century AD.  It had lovely details of columns carved on it as well as angels with wings.  Unfortunately, it was in an enclosed area making it impossible for me to jump all over it! 

In another area, several columns stood all by themselves giving me an insight as to how lovely the entire Roman Forum must have been centuries ago!  My imagination did wonders once again whereas Michel, bla, ruins are ruins kind of thing!

And so continued our morning explorations at the Roman Forum in which many other exciting structures and ruins were seen along the way and even touched by myself while I imagined the person or people building these masterpieces! 

After spending more than an hour and a half here, we exited the gate located right in front of the Colosseum and proceeded to look for a way out of this crazy marathon which was still going on; we were stuck right in the middle of it with no way out!

Monique   :-)

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