Trevi Fountain on Piazza di Trevi. It marks the end of the Aqua Virgo, and ancient aqueduct that piped water in to Rome. It was common to mark the end of an aqueduct with a fountain. The crowd at the Trevi Fountain.
Current version of the fountain was started in 1732 and completed in 1762. Pegasus Oceanus, titan of water, in the middle.
The Colosseum Constantine's Arch, just outside the Colosseum. The largest amphitheater ever built in the Roman Empire.
Construction took 8 years and was finished in 80 A.D. under Emperor Titus (started under Emperor Vespasian). The 1+ hour wait in line that I was able to skip because I actually do some research (walk 3 minutes to the Palatine Hill ticket office to buy your Palatine Hill/Colosseum combo ticket, and you can skip the Colosseum line). Inside the Colosseum.
Had a capacity of 50,000 when it was complete. The floor of the arena was just a wood floor covered with sand. Underneath was the underground area called the hypogeum. Seating was done according to social class - the lower your status, the higher you sat.
Senators got the front row seats. View of the hypogeum, an underground network of tunnels and cages that housed the gladiators and animals. Obviously it would have been completely covered by the arena floor at the time. Floor of the area was 272 feet by 157 feet.
Constantine's Arch View of Palatine Hill from the Colosseum. Another view of the hypogeum.
Home to gladiator fights, animals hunts, mock sea battles, executions, and all kinds of other entertainment. Widely considered one of the greatest examples of Roman engineering. Arch of Titus
The next few pictures are all walking through the grounds of Palatine Hill.
View of Circus Maximus and Aventine Hill from Palatine Hill.
Ruins of a huge villa on Palatine Hill.
Private arena on Palatine Hill.
Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine in the Roman Forum.
The Pantheon Built by Emperor Hadrian in 126 A.D. to serve as a temple to all the Roman gods. Pantheon interior
The world's largest unreinforced concrete dome, built 2000 years ago. Before modern lights were installed, the only light was from the entryway and a hole in the top of the dome. Fontana del Pantheon, in Piazza della Rotonda in front of the Pantheon.
I like this guy. The Spanish Steps on Piazza di Spagna. This dude was really creepy.
Hobo street performer. The Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, on Piazza Venezia. Vittorio Emanuele was the first king of a united Italy.
The Capuccin Crypt. It's a crappy picture, but it's the only one I could sneak (no photos allowed). One of the cooler things I saw. Walking down the same path that Caesar walked on. Temple of Vesta
Ruins lining the Forum. Temple of Julius Caesar Inside the Temple of Julius Caesar, where Caesar's body was cremated and Mark Antony gave his funeral speech.
Temple of Castor and Pollux Arch of Septimius Severus Carving on the arch, dedicated to the victory of Emperor Septimius Severus over the Parthians.
Finished in 203 A.D. Column of Phocas Another carving on the Arch of Septimius Severus.
Roman Forum view on the walk up to Capitol Hill. Marcus Aurelius Capitoline Hill
Palatine Hill ruins on the border of Circus Maximus. Circus Maximus and a view of the ruins on Palatine Hill. Monument on Aventine Hill.
Guys getting trampled. Walking on Aventine Hill, the setting of HBO's Rome. A church on Aventine Hill.
You're looking at three countries in this picture. Malta (embassy), Italy, and Vatican City. Now the Aventine Hill is just an upscale residential neighborhood. Malta embassy gate
Can barely see the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument from Aventine Hill. Aventine Hill street. Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium. Last chariot race here was in 549 A.D.
The Vittorio Emanuele II Monument at night. Trevi Fountain at night. Pantheon at night.
Colosseum at night.

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