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(Pictures may not get posted until later)
I got to the apartment I am staying in about 1:00 this morning. The rental agent met me at the apartment and went over a bunch of stuff with me. He said that everything is within walking distance so I won't need to take public transportation. He also said that if I did take public transportation, watch out for pickpockets.
Even though I got in late, and didn't get to bed for awhile, I was up bright and early! Exicted, I guess. I left the apartment and began may wandering around. Here are the places I went:
The Spanish Steps
This is about 2 blocks from the apartment. There is a fountain at the bottom (created by Bernini) and a church at the top. Too bad it wasn't the time of year that they put out all the flowers.
The Trevi Fountain
I got there a little early - the fountain was turned off and they were still cleaning it. I waited about 10 minutes and they started it up. Then it got packed! I tossed a coin in to ensure my return to the eternal city...
The Coliseum is incredible. It's just amazing to wander around in it. I probably have the most picures of this.
This is were the emperors and the elite build their homes. This is a huge area and I don't believe I saw it all.
The Roman Forum
Walking through here you can almost imagine what it was like back in it's day.
The Imperial Forum
It looks like they are still excavating here.
Ancient roman baths. This place is huge - it covers 27 acres!
I think that is everything I looked at my first day (I am writing this a few days after the fact). Rome is a wonderful city for getting around by foot. I am getting a real feel for the city and haven't really gotten lost yet.
The anitquities are astounding and they are just everywhere. Many are incoporated into newer buildings.
I didn't realize that today is St. Patrick's day for the longest time. Then I started seeing the drunks in green! There was a HUGE rugby match between Italy and Ireland today as well, and the center of festivities was a palazzo about 1 block from where I am staying. They had the beer tents up, giant screens showing the match and all of the streets in the area were closed off. It was wild!