Palatine and Roman Forum (Rome, Italy)

From the Colosseum, our guide led us on a walk through the Roman Forum, an area between the Palatine and Capitoline hills that served as ancient Rome's commercial area. All the buildings now lay in ruins, with only pediments, partial columns, arches and fragments of floors remaining after 2,000 years. The state of the ruins,... Continue Reading →

The Colosseum (Rome, Italy)

It was our first stop of the day, the tour led by a special guide who later led us through the Roman Forum.┬áConsidered the greatest example of ancient Roman engineering, the Colosseum still largely stands in the center of Rome, even after several major earthquakes and the ravages of time took their toll. There were... Continue Reading →

Pantheon (Rome, Italy)

Walking through the Piazza della Rotonda in Rome, all we could see of the Pantheon was the portico with classic Corinthian columns that fronted a large, gray circular structure. As we stepped inside the building through the original bronze doors, we were awestruck by the sheer size of the interior, its immense and lofty dome,... Continue Reading →

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