Up early for a delicious buffet breakfast with both European and American fare available, we were ready for a full day ancient Rome. Our tour guide led use through the streets of Ancient Rome taking us first to the Trajan Forum and Markets. From there we walked to the Roman Forum wondering the streets and looking at the ruins of the buildings that were once the Heart of the Roman Empire. The forum contained the most important political, religious and municipal buildings. Among these are the Arch of Septimius Severus, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina and the House of the Vestal Virgins.
Moving on from the forum we entered the Colosseum, a functional stadium that featured entertainment by animals, slaves and gladiators. During the Middle Ages the stone was used for building, thus the missing sections of the building. Outside of the Colosseum stands the Arch of Constantine.
We then preceded to St. Peter in Chains which houses the sculpture of Moses by Michelangelo. Moses is depicted with horns due to a mistranslation.
After a quick lunch at Caffe S.Clemente we visited the church of San Clemente which dates back before the 4th century with layers of
new church build above the older churches. Descending lower in the church leads you to 8th -11th century frescoes. Because of the delicate nature of the church photos are not permitted.
After returning to the hotel, we grabbed an authentic Italian pizza and then hopped aboard an open air bus for a ride around the city passing the Vatican and the Circus Maximus.
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