20 July 2007

Rome | Capitoline Hill

July 6, 2007
Rome, Italy


So far -- in this one day -- we left a cruise ship, checked into a hotel, took a nap, ate pizza, and visited the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum. And let me tell you, there is a lot more to be told. Even we were amazed at how easy it was to see everything. Just a few steps outside of the Forum, we were on Capitoline Hill.

Capitoline Hill is apparently the highest and most famous of the Seven Hills of Rome. The theme here, in my opinion, is 'grandiose.' There are not a lot of original temples or other structures in the square -- Piazza del Campidoglio. It was designed by Michaelangelo, who deliberately had a building blocking the view of the Roman Forum and who placed the plaza opening in the direction of the Vatican.



The square is surrounded by a museum and government buildings. Inside that museum is the real bronze statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. This one is a copy.

One thing we noticed at the Forum and on Capitoline Hill: weddings. As we entered the Forum, we saw a wedding party leaving one of the temples-turned-churches. In the Piazza del Campidoglio we saw this couple having their pictures taken. I think she tripped over her dress. I think it's nice young Romans build their futures at historical sites.