R O M E
the Eternal City
May XXV - XXX
Launched June 2000
Virtual Tour, pictures by
Virtual Rome of most of the monuments
Ancient Rome Papal Rome Via Appia Antica
Climbing the stairs to the heart of the ancient kingdom, where once stood the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus, transformed
by Michelangelo into the Piazza del Campidoglio. He had the statue transferred from the Lateran and gave it a central place Keeping the Palace to your right and descending from the Piazza you'll have a first glimpse of the Forum Romanum beyond the Mamertine Prison.
What is really amazing about the Forum, is that there is anything left of it at all after the greater part of two millennia of plundering and demolition. Next to the Colosseum the newly wed are arranged in front of Constantine's Arch for the ultimate picure that should last a lifetime.
In Rome May is the month for marrying. When we descended, there was yet another wedding party waiting in front of the church. I was in Rome for the very first time and much surprised to happen upon a genuine pyramid! It has been built as a tomb for some Caius Cestius, a megalomane magistrate
who supposedly owes his name to the caestus, a leather thong furnished with leaden knobs which boxers wound around their fists to deal a deadlier punch.
Virtual Tour, pictures by Virtual Rome of most of the monuments