Rome: Forum, Pantheon and Colosseum

Traveling back in time. Walking among the gods and goddesses. Soaking in the art and architecture.


Temple of Venus and Rome


Statue of Minerva where the Temple to Minerva once stood


Rome has several Forums, among them the main Forum, Caesar’s Forum and Trajan’s Forum (pictured above) which remains most intact.

The main Forum is a combination of majestic columnar buildings and rubble, but the magic remains. Las Chicas roam among the grounds for hours, listening to details and descriptions from Rick Steves’ podcast. Temples and arches of gods and leaders past. Temple of Saturn, Temple of Caesar, Main Square of the Forum, all reveal glimpses into this once overpopulated ancient city.

Temple of Antonius and Faustina


Columns of Saturn’s Temple in the distance

A long awaited visit to the House and Temple of the Vestals for Lisa.



Then, a perfect complement for the Forum, Las Chicas head to the Pantheon.


Originally built as a temple for all gods, the Pantheon was constructed between 27 BC – 14 AD.  Its majesty still shines in this modern-day church in the round adorned with tombs, including that of Raphael (not pictured).


In the center, the Pantheon opens to the sky through a large oculus within the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.  The Pantheon is the only  remaining Roman temple, relatively in tact, as it was converted into a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the 7th Century.



On the last morning in Rome, Las Chicas visit the Colosseum.


Based on a tip from a fellow traveler they discover that the Colosseum open 30 minutes before the posted 9:00 a.m. time. Their 8:30 arrival means no lines and plenty of space to take in this massive structure.


The magnitude of the Colosseum reflects its testosterone-driven purpose of punishment and spectacle.



Despite distaste for the history, Las Chicas take in the awesome architecture and views.


Well-fed Colosseum cat ignores photographer

For more pictures, visit the links below. Click on individual images for captions.
Forum pics —
Colosseum pics  —
Other Rome pics —

© 2014 by Lisa Howells and Mary Reynolds. All rights reserved.

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