Veni, Vidi, Vici. “I came, I saw, I conquered.”
As we move on from Rome to the next leg of our trip in Amalfi, I’ll share with you the sites we visited during our stay in Rome. I promise I won’t bore you with historical facts!
Our first day of sightseeing was centered on “Ancient” Rome. For those of you who don’t remember your Roman history, the rise of Rome was about 500 years from 500BC to 1 AD. The peak of Rome lasted about 200 years, from about 1 AD to 200AD, the transition from a pagan empire to a Christian occurred around 300AD, and the long, slow decline of Rome lasting until the ultimate fall of Rome around 500AD.
We visited the below sites on our first day.
- The Basilica di San Clemente
- The Colosseum
- Palentine Hill
- The Forum
- Piazza del Campidoglio
Pictures of the Colosseum do not do it justice as this is a huge stadium; one that serves as a model for many of our current sport stadiums.
We saw the following sites on Day Two:
- The Pantheon
- Piazza de Navona
- Via de Coronardi
- The Bridge of Angels
- The Vatican
- St. Peter’s Basilica
- The Sistine Chapel
- Gianicolo Hill
- The Keyhole on Aventino Hill
- Trevi Fountain
- The Spanish Steps
The Pantheon is the best preserved building from the time of ancient Rome. It has a huge dome that was the inspiration a thousand years later for the Duomo in Florence, the dome of St. Peters in Vatican City, and even our own U.S. Capitol building. It is incredible to think how they achieved such mathematically perfect dimensions without computers. It is still the worlds largest dome – no one has yet to surpass it’s width.
The previous picture shows the “oculus”, a circular opening in the top of the dome, 30 ft. across.
The outside columns of the Pantheon which make up the portico which were quarried and shaped in Egypt and shipped to Rome. Each were monolithic (one solid piece) weighing 60 tons and 39 feet in length. Here is a good writeup on the Pantheon and its construction.