First, those Romans were amazing, ambitious and busy as heck. The ruins are massive and extensive. They cover a huge amount of square footage and even include buildings that had three or more stories!! There are still beautiful avenues and they have re-erected a few columns and statues. There are also two surviving commemorative arches. It was cool. But the bummer of it was there was zero signage. We did get the audio guide, but it was more into naming the. buildings and less into giving history and background. Of course, there are lots of pieces of information the archeologists just don't know, but still! Signs people!! Also, the kiddos quickly lost any interest in looking at foundations of thousands of year old buildings. So wrangling them got a bit old. They did hold on a very long time and we finally left in the mid afternoon and found lunch.
After grabbing a cache at the Colosseum, we headed to the Capatoline Museum, which hosts an amazing variety of Roman statuary and pottery, plus loads of art and other sculpture. We wandered around there for quite a while. The building is built on top of the foundations of several Roman buildings and so there is even archeology to look at in the basement of the art museum!
Looking out over The Forum from the museum. The Arch of Septimius Severus is on the left and the Temple of Saturn is on the right.
The Arch of Septimius Severus
We're number one, at the Capitoline Museum.
The stadium complex on the Palatine Hill. Palatine Hill was where most of the emperors had their palaces.
One of the Capitoline Museum buildings. Breathtaking, no? And the geometric design on the floor of the plaza was made by Michelangelo!
Looking down the Forum towards the museum. The Temple of Saturn is now on the left.
More bits of the Forum.