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All of the places listed below are places we went to in 2003 and all the pictures were taken by Betty & I on that visit. There is so much to see in Rome and so little time. We arrive in Civitavecchia at 7 am and our van with Claudio at the wheel will be there waiting for us when we get off the ship. There is no way we could get around to even half of these places without his very capable guidance. This will be a fun, exciting day!

The Roman Baths of Caracella

This was one of the first places we visited when we were here in 2003. That started us off with a sense of the antiquity of what we would be seeing on our visit. These baths were completed in AD 217. That's 1,275 years before "Colombus Sailed the Blue in 1492." The Baths were an important part of social life in Rome and could accommodate over 1,600 people at a time.

The Viktor Emmanuel II Monument

This is one of the newest monuments in Rome. It was completed in 1911 as a tribute to King Victor Emmanuel who was the first king of a united Italy. It also houses the tomb of the unknown soldier.

The Roman Forum

For me the forum was the most exciting place of all. The civilized world was ruled for almost 500 years from this 5 acre site. So much of civilization as we know it today came from right here. I'm still looking for a good map that we can take with us to tell us what everything is. Here's a pretty good web site.

The Colosseum

The Colosseum is probably the best known landmark in Rome and it's surely the most dramatic one. Completed in 80 AD it held an estimated 50,000 people and was in use for almost 500 years. The oldest existing ballpark in the United States is Fenway Park in Boston. It's been in use 95 years.

The Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine was constructed in 312 AD to celebrate Constantine's victory over Maxentius in a battle at the Milvian Bridge thereby consolidating his control of the whole Roman Empire. It sits over the Via Triumphalis which is the road victorious emperors marched with their armies in triumph through Rome.

The Temple of Hercules

The Temple of Hercules and the fountain next to it are near the place where the original settlers landed. There is a church across the street that Claudio tells us is the oldest church in Rome. I have pictures of the Nave and the tiled floor but couldn't find a web site for it on the Internet.

The Pantheon

The Pantheon is one of the oldest and best preserved building in the world. It was first constructed between 27 and 25 BC during the reign of Emperor Agustus as a churh to honor all the Roman Gods. Pantheon comes from two Greek words, pan meaning everything and teon meaning devine.

The Trevi Foutain

In ancient times the Romans built fountains at the end of their aqeducts to celebrate the arrival of the water. The Trevi Fountain was not completed until 1762 and is one of the largest and most elaborate ones ever built. It has been featured in several movies. One was the 1954 film "Three Coins in the Fountain." It is supposed to be good luck to throw 3 coins over your left shoulder with your right hand.

The Spanish Steps

The Spanish Steps connect the Piazza di Spagna plaza below with the French church, the Trinita dei Monti at the top. They were built in 1725 with a French legacy but were named after the Spanish Embassy which is still in the plaza. In May they are decorated with pink azaleas. There are 138 steps but fortunately there is a lift to the top outside the Spanish Steps Metro Station.

Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona is a long narrow square that takes it's shape from the ruins of the Domitianís stadium that it was built on. There are three beautifully sculptured fountains in it. The most famous one being The Fountain of the Four Rivers by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The other two are The Fountain of the Moor on the south end of the square and The Fountain of Neptune on the north.

Vatican City

Vatican City at 188.7 acres is the smallest independent state in the world. Pope John Paul II. the first Polish Pope, died on April 2, 2005 after reigning for 26 years. On April 19th the German Cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger, was named Pope and took the name Pope Benedict XVI. We probably won't have time to see much more than St Peters Square while we are here.

Claudio Caponera

Claudio was our guide and driver for Rome in May of 2003. He is a real gentleman and a scholar of Rome and all it's history. He knows his way around Rome and will see to it that we get to places before (or after) the crowds. With his help we will get to see everything that it is possible to see in one day. Claudio owns and operates Rome Liomusine Tour and Travel