We spent the morning visiting the sights of Rome, the objects of the Grand Tour and now of mass tourism.
Starting with the Colosseum:-
The Arch of Constantine:-
The Arch of Titus:-
Up on the Palatine, the detritus of Empire:-
Down into the Forum:-
The so-called Temple of Romulus:-
The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina:-
It should be sacred ground, consecrated by Gibbon and generations of eighteenth-century and later tourists, but I found it hard to view it, maybe too influenced by reading David Watkin’s book on the Forum, as much more than a complex archaeological site, excavated too radically and much of it reconstructed.