Part 4 of the postings with photos from our journey to Rome almost 10 years ago, will give you some of the outdoor highlights tourists have to visit.
As we always start walking early in the morning, the Panthenon with surroundings was almost empty before 9 am. The Pantheon is currently the oldest standing domed structure in Rome and called "Temple of all the gods". The building which was originally built as a temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome was rebuilt circa 125 AD during Hadrian's reign.Our main target this morning was Colosseum and Forum Romanum.
Colosseum is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering. It is an elliptical amphitheatre and construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus.
We normally see pictures of Colosseum´s outside walls,but it is even more interesting to see the arena from inside with the hypogeum that consisted of a two-level subterranean network of tunnels and cages beneath the arena where gladiators and animals were held before contests began.Close to Colosseum you cannot miss Forum RomanumForum Romanum is the central area around which the ancient Roman civilization developed. To the right in the photo we see The temple of Castor and Pollux besides The Temple of Saturn, which represents the oldest-surviving foundation in that area, having been established between 501 and 498 BC.
From these ancient constructions you can walk through Capitol Hill, across Piazza Venezia with the enormous National Monument Vittorio Emanuele II from 1935,before strolling up the shopping streets Via del Corso and Via del Condotti where you find the Spanish StepsThere are a lot of restaurants and fashion shops close to the Spanish Steps, but for dinner you also may cross Ponte Pallatino (or some of the other bridges) and walk beyond the river Tiber for a visit to Trastevere.
This end the Rome Tour for now, and I hope I have got some of you wanting to follow my steps.
All roads lead to Rome, and we will return in November (I hope)