Thursday, 4 September 2014

Italy :: Rome II ::

Day two in Rome!

The enormous arena of the Colosseum is the largest remaining iconic symbol of Imperial Rome that still in existence today. The ancient Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Ampitheater, is no doubt one of the great works of Roman architecture and engineering. It surrounded to the east by the Roman Forum, and on the other sides, across the busy city traffic, by the Esquiline, Caelian and Palatine hills.

The following pictures below taken with my camera Canon G1 x are a glimpse of its former glory! ^_^

The monumental 3-tiered ancient Roman amphitheater once used for events such as gladiator games, chariot races, animal hunts as well as executions.

Clear view of the Arch of Constantine from the top, end side of the Colosseum's visitor floor.

After our visit to the great Colosseum, we walked around outside past the Arch of Constantine to explore more ancient ruins, Roman Forum (originally a marketplace) and Palatine Hill, where the Arch of Septimus Severus, Temple of Saturn, Arch of Titus and the House of the Vestals are located. We killed two birds with one stone and visited Roman Forum along with Palatine Hill whilst we were there, because the ticket allowed entry to both sites with just €12  - worth every penny! :D

Ruins of the Forum, looking towards the Capitol.

There was a lot for us to see at the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The history packed into these sites is overwhelming, like Arch of Septimus Severus, where the eldest Caracalla and his younger brother Geta were initially joint emperors until Caracalla had his younger brother assassinated after the death of their father Septimius Severus. Of having lots of history to catch up on, one could actually spend more than two hours there. However, on my case, I couldn't enjoy as much as I wanted to under the blaze of the desert sun (back in June/Summer) w/o any sun protective items ╯.╰  ..

Even so, it was an amazing visit! ≧◔◡◔≦

We did a lot of walking, and ran out of water quite early during the visit. Of that reason, we were completely worn out and dehydrated at the end of the visit of Roman Forum. If you're planning a visit to the Forum, remember to bring plenty of water and wear a pair of comfortable shoes as uneven rocky roads are everywhere! :O

Light lunch at a random cafe - thin and crispy pizza top with Italian tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese served with parma ham on top. It was so gooooood having it with a glass of freshly squeezed watermelon juice, something thirst-quenching in a very hot day. And, parma ham!! :P

Housed in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the works by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini credited with making the Baroque style of sculpture such as Daphne and Apollo (on the right) to his dynamic statue of Rape of Proserpine (on the left) featuring the abduction of the young daughter of Ceres by Pluto, and so forth.

Bernini was a true artist! I love his statue of Daphne and Apollo depicts the scene of Daphne who was a semi-human, semi-tree where her body encapsulated with bark, her feet molding into roots and sudden stop in being caught by the god Apollo during her chase.

Life-sized marble sculpture of David by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (on the left). The subject of the work, according to bible, David about to throw the stone that will bring down Goliath (a giant Philistine warrior), which then allowed David to behead him. On the right side showing a tower-like composition is the sculpture of Aeneas, Anchises, and Ascanius, which it depicts the moment that Aeneas carries his father, and his son behind from Troy. In his father's hand, he carries a container with his ancestors' ashes, and two tiny statue of Roman household gods on the top of the container.

Not to be a total Christianity-like person, to tell you the truth I am not a Christian; but, the declaration doesn't mean I am not into the stories in the bible. In fact, I am very interested at biblical narrative and so does Greek myths that explained why I'd spent money visiting Italian museums. Also, I am grateful to my partner who's a Christian, and has a wealth of knowledge; if it wasn't him, I wouldn't have known any to tell.  ≧◔◡◔≦

mural painting
The Judgment of Solomon- an interesting story between two women both claiming to be the mother of a living child, and in any case I got you if you are interested to know just simply click on the underlined to read under biblical narrative. ^__^

Every little thing is intricately perfect in this museum that built exclusively to house hundreds of the Borghese collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities! Fyi, we bought our entrance fee at €13 on its website and ticket reservation was required to reserve a time slot.

After Borghese museum, we continued on our planned schedule to Castle Sant' Angelo, one of the most historical significant monuments of Rome. This structure was started in 135AD as a mausoleum for emperor Hadrian, then became a fortress and a refuge of the Popes in times of danger. That was all I know from the outside of the castle, it closed by the time we got there with our ticket bought in advanced. It was a total waste of €10.50 an entrance ticket, still feeling bitter about it that we couldn't visit the castle on time. Anyway, it was truly one whole day well spent in Rome with my partner and the next day to Venice!

Next update, Venice! (>‿◠)✌   


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