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Italy in photos: part 1 - Rome [May. 16th, 2013|12:21 am]
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So, it was lateish on the Saturday by the time we'd checked in to the hotel, so we just went and ate nearby. Therefore, I'm counting Sunday as:

Day 1

We wandered into the city down to Piazza Venezia, where there's a big old monument to Victor Emmanuel II, who was somehow the first king of Italy, making one wonder what happened to Victor Emmanuel I. It's also surrounded by ancient bits.

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Victor Emmanuel II monument and Trajan's column


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Temple of Mars in the Forum of Augustus

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View of Trajan's Forum

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There were lots of lizards basking on the ancient monuments


We then wandered down past the Colosseum to the site of the Circus Maximus:

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and stopped to get some lunch, after which we wandered up the Capitoline Hill to look at the Roman Forum:

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before heading back to the hotel via the Spanish Steps:

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Day 2

The next morning we got up, and our first stop was the Torre Argentina cat sanctuary, where cats live amongst the ancient temple ruins.

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After this, we wandered through the narrow streets to the magnificent Piazza Navona:

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where we ate lunch looking at the caricature artists' displays:

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Is that Ben Elton.

Then back to the hotel for a bit of a rest away from the insane heat, and then out again to go and look at the Vatican. Here's St Peter's Square:

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and nearby, Castel Sant' Angelo:

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Day 3

Colosseum!

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The Colosseum is cool, basically.


To follow: Part 2 - Sorrento.
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[User Picture]From: oursin
2013-05-16 07:44 am (UTC)

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VEII's father was VEI, King of Sardinia, and for reasons my distant memories of doing the Risorgimento for O-level history fail to tell me, kept the numbering: go figure.
[User Picture]From: shereenb
2013-05-21 08:55 pm (UTC)

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Fantastic pics, and not just the ones with cats in them! I must get my Krakow pics on LJ, but not when I'm on the tablet of.