I am a writer and avid reader of romances particularly historical romances. Please join me on my journey through time
We visited the Forum after we toured the Colosseum. Another wait in another line but to me The Forum was much more interesting. The ruins had a tale to tell all their own. By the time we finished I was tired and ready to find a place to sit. Below is the Trevi Fountain we saw later in the day.
The Forum was the political, religious, and commercial center of ancient Rome. Anything important that happened in Rome happened here making it arguably the most important piece of real estate in Western Civilization.
The main road, Via Sacra is the oldest street in the world. You will see it in a photo below, appearing as just another rock road.
The Forum contains The House Of The Vestal Virgins. The photo of what is left of the three columns is the temple of Vesta that contained the sacred flame. The virgins were responsible for keeping the flame lit. As long as the flame burned Rome would stand.
The bronze door is the only original bronze door still swinging on its hinges. It’s the door at Tempio di Romolo
These arches represent one third of the original Basilica of Constantine, a mammoth hall of justice.
Trevi Fountain, first photo, at 86 ft. high and 161 ft. wide is the largest Baroque Fountain in Rome and one of the most famous in the world. An estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day. The money is used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome’s needy.
Here is the side of the Pantheon. In front people congregate to eat gelato, drink vino and listen to music. The area to here from The Forum is congested with people having a great time eating and shopping. It seemed there were three gelato stores to one of other things. We took the time from navigating the street to rest and have a gelato before we braved the packed subways.
The first subway was so full, we decided to walk to the Rome terminal and hope the next train to our Franscati was not as full.We did get a bit lucky. The train was full but not overly so. By the time we reached our hotel, we could say, we were “done with the congestion of Rome.”