For our first full day of seeing Rome we hit up the Ancient Roman sites including the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Since it takes about the same amount of time to get to the Colosseum walking as by Metro, we walked.
The walk brought us inside the city walls of Rome through Porta San Giovanni, named so because the main church of Rome, San Giovanni Basilica, is located right there. We popped our heads in to look around.
We started with the Roman Forum, since the line for entry is always shorter there. This day in fact there was no line at all. We walked around the ruins listening to Rick Steve’s audio guide and even had a picnic surrounded by the once center of the civilized world.
Once we exited the Forum, we went in the Colosseum, again listening to Rick Steves audio guide.
From the Colosseum, we walked up Via dei Fori Imperiali, through crowds and past the outside of the Roman Forum. Until we reached Piazza Venezia and the white monument Altare della Patria. There are also some ruins here, including those in the photo below and another site newly uncovered during the city’s work on the its new metro line.
From here we just had time to make it into the Pantheon before they closed. We admired the building a bit, then sat down until they kicked us out. From here we met up with Daniele for a walk around Trastevere and dinner.
Full album from this day: