Founded, according to legend, by Romulus and Remus in 753 BC, Rome was first the centre of the Roman Republic, then of the Roman Empire, and it became the capital of the Christian world in the 4th century. The World Heritage site, extended in 1990 to the walls of Urban VIII, includes some of the major monuments of antiquity such as the Forums, the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Mausoleum of Hadrian, the Pantheon, Trajan’s Column and the Column of Marcus Aurelius, as well as the religious and public buildings of papal Rome - http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/91
When in Rome, catching a glimpse of something familiar-looking peeking out from between two buildings on an aimless after-dinner stroll can turn into your first view of the Colosseum, lit up in all its glory.
The Pantheon is one of James' favourite buildings, ever, and we got some amazing shots in the fading twilight. It's pretty awe-inspiring that they managed to build something of this magnitude nearly 1900 years ago, and that any random person can still walk in and admire it, free of charge.
We wandered into Trastevere for dinner, and thanks to the advice of a local tourist, ended up at Trattoria Da Lucia for dinner, where we had the most delicious pasta on the entire trip.
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