above: We stopped by The Pantheon again today, and went inside. Which Angel photo do you prefer?? (er. that was a rhetorical question...)
above: The Pantheon is used today by the RC church, but of course it was originally built at a pagan temple.
above left: the dome ceiling in the Pantheon. Ancient Romans kept a flame burning in the Pantheon for the Gods; the hold in the middle was ventilation. Above right: walking out of the Pantheon, I took this photo looking out onto the Piazza.
above: At the Pantheon Piazza is this lovely building with a fresco of the Virgin Mary. Above right: In the center of the piazza is this obelisk statue. I liked the horse standing in front of it!
above left: the view of the buildings around the Pantheon Piazza.
above: The Palazzo of the (former) King of Italy, long since deposed and exiled
above: Palatine Hill, where several Emperor's had their Palazzos. The open area is the Circus Maximus, where the early Romans held Chariot races and Olympic events. There used to be stadium seating for 300,000 people that surrounded the area, but was destroyed many centuries ago.
above: The office of the Mayor of Rome. This photo above right is a close up of the statue in the center of the photo above left.
above: Giant sculpture in front of the Piazza at the Mayor's office.
The Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre )
above: images of the Arc of Constantine, at the entrance to the Colosseum. It is quite beautiful with all kinds of imagery around all sides.
above: the original structure had a series of underground rooms for an entrance and exit system for performers.
above: the structure had facings of travertine marble and other fine materials back in its heyday.
above: Images of Capital Hill ruins, it is amazing to think Ancient Romans lived and walked here.
above: what would lunch in Rome be like without some vino rosso? Well that's all for today's post. We're off to Vatican City, where I am sure "Il Papa" is waiting to receive "The Palm Springs Savant" in his private quarters. I'll let you know tomorrow how that goes! For those of you keeping track, this evening our cruise begins! This afternnon we head to Civitavecchia, where the Pacific Princess awaits our arrival!