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Tour of Rome: Piazza del Campidoglio and the Forum - Part 1

September 24

It was another fine day in Rome. We finished our breakfast as usual and we were out of the hotel waiting to board the bus to take us round Rome.

Our itinerary for the day was huge and ambitious. However, we were able to complete the task with relative ease. Thanks to our local guide we really could get a good background story on Rome. We visited the Piazza Campidoglio after climbing the Cordonata stairs envisioned and built according to Michael Angelo’s design. I see other names also associated with this staircase. I will settle for Michael.

As you go up the stairs you will see the two statues at the top of the stairs. You will soon enter a great plaza (piazza), also Michael Angelo’s design. There is a bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius (This is not the original) which is weather beaten, looks black. Behind him stands the Palazzo Senatorio with very beautiful stairs. This appears to be right behind the Victor Emmanuel Monument (unfortunately much ridiculed by Romans and Foreigners alike with nick names like cake, type writer, etc.). Personally, I like it and standing as it does on the Capitoline hills, you cannot miss it from anywhere in Rome.

You can walk down to the road leading to the Forum, on the way you encounter many more ancient buildings. During our first visit we did not quite connect the Victor Emmanuel monument and the Forum. This time we were truly surprised, they really are close.

Walking towards the Cordonata to visit Piazza del Campidoglio. In the background, Monument Victor Emmanuel II "Vittoriano" à Rome.

Michelangelo's Cordonata on Capitoline Hill

As we climb the Cordonata (stairs), the Statue of Castor is on the left. On the right there is another statue, of Pollux.

Palazzo Senatorio

 Staircase leading to the Palazzo

Bronze Marcus Aurelius Statue in Piazza del Campidoglio
It is on top of Capitoline Hill, one of Rome’s seven important hills. Michael Angelo designed it in 14th Century.

On the way to Forum Street performers

All these and more in a video

Campidoglio and Foro Romano


Fine day, great group..

Our local guide feeding us lots of history

In front of Caesar’s Grave.

 In front of a shed where Julius Caesar’s remains are interred.

Temple of the Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux.

The Temple of Divus Antoninus Pius and Diva Faustina (141 CE)

Temple of Romulus

Images of Forum from Al Kehew’s Pinterest collection.

A full-blown view of Forum
Our group in front of Julius Caesar’s grave. This is where the ashes are interred.

Caesar's burial below the shed.

We will now move on to visit the Colosseum.

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Jayaram Krishnaswamy is a technical writer, mostly writing articles that are related to the web and databases. He is the author of SQL Server Integration Services published by Packt Publishers in the UK. His book, 'Learn SQL Server Reporting Services 2008' was also published by Packt Publishers Inc, Birmingham. 3. "Microsoft SQL Azure Enterprise Application Development" (Dec 2010) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 4. "Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch Business Application Development [Paperback] "(2011) was published by Packt Publishing Inc. 5. "Learning SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 [Paperback]" (June 2013) was Published by Packt Publishing Inc. Visit his blogs at: http://hodentek.blogspot.com http://hodentekHelp.blogspot.com http://hodnetekMSSS.blogspot.com http://hodnetekMobile.blogspot.com He writes articles on several topics to many sites.