Ancient Rome, Rome
The Via Appia Antica was built by the Roman Censor Appius Claudius Cieco in 312 B.C. to join Rome with the Alban hills. Today it begins at Porta San Sebastiano and harbours tombs of different social classes. Among others are the tombs of S. Callisto and those of S. Sebastian.
Most Ostian apartment buildings were like ancient condos, with all the tenants sharing facilities and expenses. One important facility shared by all was the communal forica, or latrine. The picture shows a large airy room, where a marble bench with twenty holes runs the length of all four walls. Unbelievable how much time the ancient Romans spent in public :-)
See my Ostia Antica travelogue for more information.
The Forum is huge,i was only here an hour,you could easily spend all day here.There is so much to see.Here i am enjoying my quick visit to the Forum.Ive never seen so many ruins close together.This place has to be seen just to rearalise just how big it is.
There is so much to see at The Forum,you need all day if you can.In fact,you could easily spend a whole day here as there are dozens of monuments and sights here.Just relax and take your time and enjoy what you see.No need to rush about wanting to see evrything.You are better seeing quality things,,,not quantity;)
The Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth) is found in the courtyard of the Greek Orthodox Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. This may have been a drain cover dating from before the 4th century B.C. Medieval tradition had it that the formidable jaws would snap shut over the hands of those who told lies. This is the same drain cover you can see in Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
When Nikki and I went looking for it we couldn't find it, and we ended up finding the road you see her on at the top of this page. But then Heidi and I went back and found it. I was really excited.
TORRE ARGENTINA While exploring Rome,We came upon these old ruins with hundreds of cats wandering around. We met some of the kind women who take care of these cats. They took us inside and showed us where they feed the cats and take care of the sick ones. They told us all of the cats were available for adoption. They were also selling Tshirts of a drawing of some ofthe cats.(the proceeds go to help feed and take care of them) What a great souvenir to give a catlover and also help these animals. For more information about Torre Argentina visit www.romancats.com
Do visit the Domus Aurea (Nero's Golden House). This was a huge mansion the crazy emperor built to his own glory--it covered the Celian hill and overlooked a lake (now the site of the Colosseum). Covered in frescoes and gold decoration, the emperor would entertain and receive visitors there. After Nero's death, the emperor Vespasian was so disgusted with the building that he literally had it covered up with dirt. After decades of digging, archeologists still haven't uncovered it all. Unfortunately the frescoes are pretty much ruined and none of the gold is left...but the sheer size of the place will give you a sense of its grandeur. It's also just fun and kind of eerie to walk around this underground place and try to imagine it as an airy building. It's a good idea to reserve tickets ahead (you either go with a guide or get an audioguide), as it has become pretty popular recently.
The Appian Way
Built in 312BC the Via Appia is the oldest Roman road that went south towards Naples. Today it is hardly used. There is a restaurant out this way, a church with a healthy cloister of nuns, and of course the catacombs. After the hustle and bustle of Rome, this is a great peaceful walk into the countryside where you will find farmers cutting hay in the Circus of Maxentius. In the photo to the left of the rider's helmet on the horizon you can just barely make out the towers of the old Roman gate, Porta San Sabastiano. When you walk from the gate you will see that they use candles as streetlights along the Via Appia Antica.
Click for map
VIA APPIA ANTICA is a over 2000 year old road built from Rome to South-Eastern Brindisi. You can walk for several kilometers on this road and see monuments, tombs, churches etc. No place in Rome without tourists but the best time is to go during the week. Take a bus from San Giovanni in Laterano. (at least, that's what we did 3 years ago, please inform before you go).
This is the Pantheon, which inside has a magnificient architectural view. In the middle is the only lighting (which is enough to light the entire building) a circular disk.
Pantheon means 'all gods' because this was the place where 'all gods' would meet. Religious meetings would take place.
Take a minute and look at all the beautiful ruins and buildings that lies beside Colesseum. Don´t be in a hurry.