The Sights of Rome

We spent the morning visiting the sights of Rome, the objects of the Grand Tour and now of mass tourism.

Starting with the Colosseum:-

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The Arch of Constantine:-

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The Arch of Titus:-

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Up on the Palatine, the detritus of Empire:-

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Down into the Forum:-

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The so-called Temple of Romulus:-

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The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina:-

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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.

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