Tuesday, June 07, 2016

A Quick Trip to Italy, Miscellanea VI

Rome: Forum

A bit of fresco:

More pictures of the Basilica Aemilia:

A little bit beyond:

The seagulls like the Forum area. Here is a Roman seagull crying out:

Another shot of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina:

Near the House of the Vestal Virgins:

The church of Santa Francesca Romana (also sometimes known as Santa Maria Nova):

I mentioned before that we were at the forum just after the ides of March. Just before that, though, on March 9, is the feast day of Saint Frances of Rome, and I'm told that on that day, the entire street up to the Colosseum crowds with cars. St. Frances, you see, is the patron saint of automobiles, so on her feast day, Romans go to her church in order to get their cars blessed. (A very rational thing to do if you drive in Rome.)

The Basilica of Constantine from a different angle:

The Arch of Titus, from the Colosseum side:

Additional shots of the Colosseum:

to be continued

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