Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Not Only Ruins & Relics- Part 2

Rome is such an amazing city and I'm pleased to have had the opportunity to experience it with my husband. There are literally a million words I could use to describe it, but in all honesty it leaves my quite speechless. So I'm going to let the pictures do the talking...

*Trajan's Column is 138 feet high and made from white marble. The intricate detailing on the column tells the story of the war between the Romans and the Dacians. At the top of the column is a statue of Trajan himself.
Trajan's Column

 *The Trevi Fountain is the most popular in Europe and some say the most beautiful, which I agree with 100%. The middle statue is Neptune, god of the sea, and the statues on the bottom left and right are the Tritons guiding the sea horses. The opposite tempers of the horses represent the moods of the sea...fun fact huh?
Trevi Fountain

*Legend has it that if you throw a coin into the fountain you will one day return to Rome. Most people don't know but technically you're suppose to throw it with your right hand over your left shoulder. My husband didn't throw a coin so I guess my next trip will be without him, according to legend...lol. 
I want to come back to Rome!!
I absolutely love this fountain. There are so many details that you can only take in if you see it in person

*Piazza di Spagna, also know as the Spanish steps, was full of lovers. Of course the time that I go to the Spanish steps, they aren't decorated in Azaleas (because it wasn't May) or any other type of flower...lol. 

*The Roman Colosseum has so much history and life behind it that the feeling overcomes you when you're standing in front of it, even more so when you enter. 
Outside of the Colosseum

*Below the stage where the games were held, was the storage for the animals and dead carcasses (both animal & human). There were also lift systems to raise the animal up onto the stage when it was its turn to fight. If you're interested in researching places, history, or what have you, there are tons of things online about the Colosseum that are very interesting.
Inside of the Colosseum

*It was hard to get a fabulous picture of the Colosseum at night because we were on a double decker moving tour bus...lol. But here's the best shot we did get, which still shows the essence of the beauty.
The night view...how gorgeous with the orange-ish lights

*Can you imagine living in this time period? Seeing the walls of the Colosseum being built? Or watching the many games that took place?  
Astounding architecture

*At the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II also stands the tomb of the unknown soldier. Being a military wife, this really touched my heart and I couldn't help but to just stand in awe for a while. You can't see it in the picture but there is also an eternal flame that burns constantly for this WW1 soldier. There were 11 unknown bodies and a mother, that her son never came back from the war, was allowed to choose one to be buried and placed at the monument. This really makes you question if she picked her own son obviously without knowing so...I like to think that she did.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Rome Italy

Hopefully you've enjoyed a piece of Rome from this post. I was going to include photos from the Vatican and the Vatican Museum in this post but I'm going to make a separate one. I have so many cool things to share from there! So check back soon for St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, and more.



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