Echoes of Ancient Rome: Photos of the Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill

The Forum of Caesar, from the road to the ColosseumStatue of Nero and Trajan's MarketFirst view of the Roman ForumThe Arch of Septimius SeverusThe Temple of VestaThe Temple of Saturn and the Capitoline Hill
The Temple of RomulusThe giant arches of the Basilica of Maxentius and ConstantineThe Arch of Titus and the Colosseum from the Palatine HillSculpture on the Arch of TitusThe house of the Vestal VirginsThe remains of the Temple of Castor and Pollux
The Roman Forum from the Temple of SaturnThe ColosseumThe Arch of ConstantineThe Colosseum close upLooking into the ColosseumInside the Colosseum
Looking along the axis of the ColosseumInside the Colosseum from the south eastThe awe-inspiring scale of the ColosseumLooking west inside the ColosseumDoorways inside the ColosseumThe Arch of Constantine and the Palatine Hill from the Colosseum

Echoes of Ancient Rome: The Roman Forum, the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill, a set on Flickr.

My two-week family holiday in Italy is at an end, and I am now back in London, slightly cold and pining for the heat, the cooking, the fresh fruit, the culture of Rome and the mountains and lakes of Abruzzo province. All holidays must come to an end, however, and as I reacquaint myself with my home, and my friends, and try to focus once more on Guantánamo and the parlous state of British politics, and look forward to cycling in search of new and unexplored parts of London as part of my ongoing project to photograph the whole of London by bike, I will also be posting more photos of Rome and of our travels in Abruzzo province.

I have already posted four sets of photos of Rome (here, here, here and here), and this fifth set takes up where the last one left off — with a visit to the Roman Forum, on August 15, followed by a visit to the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill on August 16. These three sites — the heart of Ancient Rome, and consisting of its civic and religious centre, the hill on which several emperors made their home, and the colossal blood-stained amphitheatre where murder was turned into sport — offer an unparalleled insight into Ancient Rome, and for visitors, from the UK at least, the fact that access to all three sites is open for two days and costs just 12 Euros is a bonus, as my wife and I joked that in the UK each site would probably cost £27.90, with a ticket for all three offered at “just” £75. Read the rest of this entry »

Photos of The Pantheon and Il Vittoriano in Rome: Transcendental Illumination and a Show of Power

Entering The PantheonThe Pantheon and the ray of divine lightInside The PantheonThe eye of GodThe Pantheon inside and outThe tomb of King Vittorio Emanuele II
Looking out from The Pantheon, RomePiazza Della Rotonda, RomeColourful apartments in RomePretty apartments in RomeA heavenly church ceilingCourtyard of the Doria Pamphilj Gallery, Rome
Il Vittoriano, RomeLooking east from Il VittorianoGuarding the Tomb of the Unknown SoldierThe statue of King Vittorio Emanuele IIThe Colosseum and the Roman Forum from the top of Il VittorianoLooking north from the top of Il Vittoriano
Statue on the top of Il Vittoriano, RomeViewing churches from the top of Il VittorianoThe Colosseum from the top of Il VittorianoThe Theatre of Marcellus from the top of Il VittorianoThe Roman Forum from the top of Il VittorianoCapitoline Museums from the top of Il Vittoriano

The Pantheon and Il Vittoriano in Rome: Transcendental Illumination and a Show of Power, a set on Flickr.

I’m nearing the end of my two-week family holiday in Italy, and have been in Abruzzo province, near the town of Sulmona, since Sunday August 19. For the first week my family and I were in Rome, and I posted my photos from the first three days of that wonderful week here, here and here.

Our time in Abruzzo has also been wonderful, in this little known area of Italy, with its mountains and lakes, its vertiginous roads, its excellent food, and its old-fashioned hospitality with a laid-back vibe. However, we have been so busy travelling around that I have been unable to find the time to post more photos of Rome — until now. Read the rest of this entry »

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