Today we spent our 42nd Wedding Anniversary in Rome.
We are so blessed to have the ability to travel and see sights many just dream of seeing.
If you have been following my blog, we have traveled now for most of the year. I don't know if I can ever put into words all the beautiful sights just in Rome, unless of course this post becomes 3 pages long.
Notice the holes in the exterior of the Colosseum. These are from where the marble was removed and used after the Colosseum was no longer in use. It would have been an amazing sight when it was first built. It is the largest Colosseum in the world.
Imagine with me entering this arena.
There were 3 levels of seating.
The first for the leaders and dignitaries of the city.
The 2nd for the common man,
the third for women and slaves
People shouting and cheering some for you, some for the gladiator or lion you would face.
The Temple of Caesar
Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC in the Curia of Pompey. He was cremated in the Forum. On this spot Augustus raised a temple, dedicated in 29 BC. Think about that for a minute...That was 2,042 years ago! It was decorated with the bronze rams taken from the ships of Anthony and Cleopatra captured by Augustus.
Only the core of this building survives.
Our next stop was the tomb of the unknown Solider.
This was originally built as a pagan temple.
Trevi Fountain A beautiful must see sight. Make sure you throw a coin into the fountain using the right hand over the left shoulder. This was the theme of the 1954's movie, Three Coins in the Fountain. An estimated 3,000 Euros, about $5,100 are thrown into the fountain each day. The money is bused to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy.
They say if you do throw a coin in the fountain, you will return to Rome someday.
Nest week I will share our visit to the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican and the Vatican Museum. Hope you will stop back by!
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