Ancient Rome

A tour of the ancient heart of the city normally includes the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Pantheon. The Colosseum was the great amphitheatre built by emperor Vespasian in 72 AD to house animal hunts and gladiator combats and could contain some 65.000 people. Admission fee. (Colosseum ticket includes entrance to the Forum and Palatine).Continue reading “Ancient Rome”

The Basilica of San Clemente

It begins, as so many things in Rome begin, with a stout foundation of antique travertine, and rises high, in delicately quaint mediaeval brickwork – little tiers and apertures sustained on miniature columns and adorned with small cracked slabs of green and yellow marble, inserted almost at random. Henry James, Italian Hours The quotation fromContinue reading “The Basilica of San Clemente”