Last month we spent a fabulous eight days in Italy. We walked our socks off wandering round Venice, Florence and Rome. Because it was late in the season the temperature was very comfortable, which meant we could walk for miles – and we did. The photograph above was taken in Trajan’s Forum where there are a number of sculptures of horses – each of them different – all of them breathtaking in their execution. The backdrop is an arcade of ancient roman shops (the market), built on a number of levels.
We spent a good three hours trying to take in the vastness of the complex which last time we visited (over a decade ago), had not been excavated.
The above image was also taken whilst we were in Rome. This is a very small part of a vast complex which the Emperor Nero had built and which was known as his Golden Palace. It’s only open at weekends so we were very lucky to be able to see the excavations as they stand at the moment. The paintings you can see are close to 2,000 years old and would, originally, have covered the walls.
It makes me wonder what else is lying hidden away under the streets of Rome. The city is one massive museum.