One of the advantages of being in Rome with the students is the guided tours by a historian. We waited until today to go to the Roman Forum so that we could join in their tour. Even though I have been to Rome before, I have never been through the Forum so I was very excited to take this tour today. It was a great experience and we learned a lot. Just a few background notes about the Forum: This was the center of everything for over 700 years until it was sacked in 476 A.D. The oldest structures there date back to 500 B.C. It was eventually abandoned and barbarians and popes took most of the gold, metal, and marble that once adorned the buildings. It had eventually filled in with so much dirt and debris that it became a cow pasture until it was excavated in the late 1800's when archaeologists had to remove 27 ft. of dirt to hit ground level.
We started our tour on Capitoline Hill (Campidoglio):
Oliver's mode of transportation for the day:
View of the Forum from the hill:
Various photos of the Forum:
If you look carefully in that last photo, you can see the Colosseum. Sneak Peek!