Essays about life in Italy, traveling in Italy, and more
Spring 2000 - England and Italy
Italy Photos 4
Some pictures from our last few days in Rome.
The yellow building is the hotel we stayed in - "Albergo del Sole al Pantheon". It is in the heart of Rome on the Piazza della Rotunda which has the Pantheon. The hotel was fabulous.
The picture above shows the Piazza della Rotunda. The Pantheon (also called the Rotunda) is in the left corner (you can see the pillars); our hotel is on the right side. Isn't the combination of the old (the Pantheon was built in 200 AD) and the new (the huge advertisement with the woman in the swimsuit) amazing?
There are cats all over Rome. They live in the ancient ruins where they are away from people and traffic. This ruin is full of cats. The cats are not friendly and are pretty scruffy. The Cadogan guide for Rome has a funny description of the cats in Rome starting with the quote from H.V. Morton: "Every country gets the cats that it deserves". (I may not have that exact because I left my guidebook behind.) You see wild cats all over Italy. It isn't nice, it is unnerving. Many do not looked cared for and most are young (meaning that they die before they get older).
This is the Roman Forum, looking down on it from the Capitoline hill. The
streets you see people walking on are the same streets the Romans walked on
2000 years ago. You can see the Colosseum behind the Forum, just right of
center in this picture (left of the tower).
In the Capitoline Museum, on the edge of the Roman Forum, in buildings designed by Michelangelo, they have room after room of statues from Ancient Rome. In a courtyard, they have these huge pieces of some huge statue. Now, that's a big foot!
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