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Italy in photos: part 1 - Rome [May. 16th, 2013|12:21 am]
Listen in, listen Ian!
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.


Victor Emmanuel II monument and Trajan's column


Temple of Mars in the Forum of Augustus


View of Trajan's Forum


There were lots of lizards basking on the ancient monuments

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


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


before heading back to the hotel via the Spanish Steps:


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:


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


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:


and nearby, Castel Sant' Angelo:


Day 3







The Colosseum is cool, basically.

To follow: Part 2 - Sorrento.

[User Picture]From: oursin
2013-05-16 07:44 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: shereenb
2013-05-21 08:55 pm (UTC)
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.
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