Last day in Rome...
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Today is already our last day in Rome, can you imagine that? Tomorrow we will leave for Vice Eqeunse, near Napoli. But today we still had to see the highlights: Colosseum, Forum Romanum and Pantheon. And of course our longed for Triumph on the Forum Romanum!
We started with, how surprising, a church: the Santa Maria Maggiore. A large, let's not say huge, church, with lots of gold and a long history. There were 2 masses going on, in the smaller chapels, very nice. Then we walked to the Forum Traianum and his Market Halls. Very impressive to see the difference between the contamporary level of Rome and the Roman level: there is about 5 meters difference, at least! You enter the Halls at todays street level, but through the halls you can go down to the Forum and original Roman Level.
The Halls are known as the Market, but this isn't quite sure. The name market was based on huge jars found there, but it could just as easy have been a tax registration office (tax was often paid in goods) or something like that.
And on the road again! To the Colosseum! I've seen it for the third time, but it stills impresses me. I just let the pictures speak for themselves. After the Colosseum it was lunch time and so we relaxed in the grass, ate some nice sandwiches and evantually dressed in toga for the Forum Romanum. And boy, we were quite a sight! I think our group will travel the world, on camera or video, with that many tourists snapping away! I wore a nice green saree, since the Roman upper class ladies didn't wear white but mostly colourfull clothes...
We crossed the forum to the Curia, where David, one of the students, proved to be an excellent rhetor and my collague Josefien was crowned empress...but those damn toga's are hot! No wonder they got out of fashion...
We visited the Bernini elephant, in front of the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, and the Pantheon; and then ate a well deserved ice cream at Giolitti's, one of Rome's best gelateria's....and after diner we had a great time at the Piazza Navona.