Day 3 Rome – Today was another perfect day although a tad hot. Forced me to buy a hat, and after much bartering, got one for a massive 5 euro.
I spent three quarters of the day at the Palatino (Palatine) and Foro Romano (Roman Forum). They are located next to the Colosseum. There was a bit of ground to cover and was quite exhausting, but worth it in the end as you see ancient Rome at its best. I went into the ruins of the Emporor Augustus house with perfectly preserved remnants of Roman frescoes on the walls that are over 2000 years old. From the top of the Palatino I was able to get a great panoramic shot overlooking all of Rome. Hearing stories, seeing artifacts and some ruins that dated back to the 14th century BC was an eye opener. Amazed at the skill and craftsmanship even back then.
On the return home (and to save some leg power) I hopped aboard one of those hop on hop off buses. Was fun cruising Rome for a while on the top deck seeing the sites. Have a 48 hour pass, so will do more touring tomorrow.
In the afternoon I made my way along the river looking at the different bridges. Cars now travelling over the water instead of chariots. I went across the Ponte Sisto to see one of the most beautiful churches. It’s the Santa Maria in Trastevere. Looks ordinary on the outside but once inside it leaves your jaw on the ground! Took some shots, then had to put the camera down and just sit and take it all in for 10 mintues or so.
Tonight is out and about again shooting more various angles of Rome.