The final stop on our tour of Italy was Rome, and our first place to visit was the Coliseum. Talk about impressive! The ancient ruins rise above the city. It's hard to explain the site of the arches and steps, and how you can imagine 50,000 people packed inside. From there, we headed to toss our coins in Trevi Fountain (doing so is said to ensure a return visit) and view the Pantheon. Ancient ruins can be found throughout the city. Our guide explained how floods over the years deposited soil that slowly raised the level of the city. The buried ruins have been found during the course of excavations - the discoveries almost commonplace. Then there are the churches. Rome has about 500 churches, and the largest showcase incredible marble and mosaics, columns and other ornate decorations. Trevi Fountain isn't the only fountain, either. The city has about 3000 fountains, 50 large ones. Among those is a fountain of Neptune in Republic Square. It features beautiful women who were considered too risque when it was first constructed, so they remained covered for several years.
Inside the Coliseum
The Arch outside the Coliseum
Taking photos of the Forum from atop the Coliseum
Bonnie tosses in a coin to assure a return visit
Kathy tosses in a coin, too
Inside one of many beautiful churches
Neptune's fountain in Republic Square