The Rambling Writer’s Italy, part 4: The rest of the Roman Forum

Follow along with Thor and me as your Italy virtual vacation continues with our ramble through the Forum, the heart of ancient Rome.

NOTE: Since travel is still on hold with the pandemic continuing, I’ve started a new blog series offering a virtual vacation and time-travel to my first big trip with Thor in 2008. Italy! Starting with highlight photos posted here on Saturday, Jan. 30, I’ll continue every week. Join us in Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice, and Milan. Buon viaggio!

We broke off our exploration last week at the Temple of Vesta, where those brave Vestal Virgins kept the sacred flame alive to ensure Rome’s security. Now let’s take a look upward at the Palatine Hill that overlooks the Forum. The cruel emperor Caligula built a sprawling palace atop the hill, which overflowed into the Forum behind the Temple of Castor and Pollux:

Atop the hill, not much remains of extensive buildings and gardens, as well as the Circus Maximus that hosted the famous chariot races.

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