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On our last day in Rome we had the day off to do what ever we wanted. So I took a train to the far side of the City and spent the day walking around. I walked more than 30 kilometers, about 15 miles.

Rome (Italian: Roma) is the capital city of Italy and of the Lazio (Latin "Latium") region, as well as the country's largest and most populated city with about 2.8 million residents (3.8 million considering the whole urbanized area, as represented by the Province of Rome).

It is located in the central-western portion of the Italian peninsula, where the river Aniene joins the Tiber.
According to legend, the city of Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus on April 21, 753 BC. Archaeological evidence supports claims that Rome was inhabited since the 8th century BC and earlier. The city was the cradle of Roman civilization that produced the largest and longest-lasting empire of classical antiquity. The city was pivotal and responsible for the spread of Greco-Roman culture that endures to this day.

Rome is also identified with the Catholic Church and the holders of its Episcopal seat are the popes. An enclave of Rome is the State of the Vatican City, the sovereign territory of the Holy See and smallest nation in the world.

Trevi Fountian

The Wishing Fountain. is backed by the façade of the Palazzo Poli, looms the most stunning of the fountains of Rome: the central figure, the Ocean (by Pietro Bracci) is shown dominating sea horses guided by Tritons, while in the niches on either side are the figures of Abundance (on the left) and Health (on the right), both by Filippo della Valle.

Legend says that if you toss a coin into the fountain over your shoulder, you will one day return to the eternal city.

Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the latest of the extant triumphal arches in Rome, from which it differs by spolia, the extensive re-use of parts of earlier buildings.

The Coliseum

The Colosseum or Coliseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is a giant amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome. Originally capable of seating 45,000–50,000 spectators, it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles.

It was built on a site just east of the Roman Forum, with construction starting between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian. The amphitheatre, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign.

The Colosseum remained in use for nearly 500 years with the last recorded games being held there as late as the 6th century — well after the traditional date of the fall of Rome in 476. As well as the traditional gladiatorial games, many other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, reenactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building eventually ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such varied purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry and a Christian shrine.

Although it is now in a severely ruined condition due to damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum has long been seen as an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and is one of the finest surviving examples of Roman architecture. It is one of modern Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, whose Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession to the amphitheatre each Good Friday.

Lunch

Pizza Pie Rome Style. Quite an interesting mixture of ingredients but tasty. The food is a bit different here; most of it is not quite to my liking. Salad dressing is just olive oil and if you ask for even vinegar, it is like you have insulted the waiter.

Archway

In one of Romes many parks.

Rowboat

Pre-Roman Scluptures

Roman Monument

Another Fountian

City View

Central Fountian

I will find the name of it!