An Italian Holiday: Rome, Day 2 Cont.

I had so many pictures from my 2nd day in Rome that I had to split this day up to share all my pictures!

After the Vatican and lunch, I decided to tackle Capitoline Hill and the sights round there. First stop was the Piazza Venezia and the Victor Emmanuel Monument.

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The Victor Emmanuel Monument – Rome’s “newest” monument
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Victor Emmanuel Monument
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Statue on Victor Emmanuel
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View of Piazza Venezia
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View to Trajan’s Column
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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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Rome from the Sky Elevator
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View of Rome and the Pantheon
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Goddess Victoria on a quadrigas
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Goddess Victoria – used the silhouette feature on my camera
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View of Rome to the Colsseum
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View of Rome including Roman Forum
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View of Rome including St. Peter’s

After taking in a 360 degree view of Rome (amazing!), I headed to the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli, which is next to the Victor Emmanuel Monument and adjacent to Piazza del Campidoglio. It’s not much of a sight on the outside, but inside was beautiful. To get to the church, you take the Stairway to Heaven, 124 marble steps.

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Stairway to Heaven marble steps

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Inside the Santa Maria Aracoeli Church
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Michealangelo’s Stairs
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Palazzo Senatorio
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Roman Forum from Capitoline Hill
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So many birds in Rome

Across the street from the Roman Forum are the Imperial Forums, such as Trajan’s Forum, Caesar’s Forum, Augustus, etc. Just a bunch of ruins.

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The Forum of Trajan
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Setting sun over Rome

After the Imperial Forums, I headed out for a glass of wine on Campo de’Fiori. I really loved just relaxing with wine on a campo or piazza at the end of my sightseeing days.

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After the wine, I went for more wine and some food at Roscioli, a well known restaurant near Campo de’Fiori. I had signed up for a wine and dine event, which included 8 wines and 8 food courses. It was amazing! And also my first real interaction with Americans since getting to Rome! All 12 of us were from the U.S., and had a really great time. And of course I had a few bottles shipped to me.

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At Rimessa Roscioli, their wine tasting room
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I couldn’t get all the wine in the picture
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Wine, wine, and more wine
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More wine
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Our sommelier Christian

Just a few pictures of the food. They served us 2 types of mozzarella, fresh burrata, and fresh buffalo mozzarella. I liked the buffalo one better. The proscioutto and parmesan was amazing. Our main course was the rigatoni, which was excellent. And dessert was tiramisu, which I usually don’t like due to the coffee flavor, but this one was very light on the coffee.

That’s it for Day 2. It was a very long day but so worth it, especially to top it off with a great wine and dine experience and new friends!

 

 

 

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