We didn't even have time for lunch, we just grabbed sandwiches from a small shop at the metro, and ate as we travelled.
First stop was the Roman Colosseum. It was still an impressive structure, even after all these years.
It was interesting to see all the passageways underneath the Colloseum, and a bit sobering to imagine the many men and beasts being led into the arena, many of them to their death.
There was so history in such a small area. In various directions there were other historic buildings and ruins.
There was this impressive arch next to the Colosseum.
We headed down the road to the Roman Forum, or what remains of it.
There was a building marked as the Temple of Romolo. Quite different than the other cathedrals we had seen on the trip.
In that same area, there was this Roman bath, still fairly well preserved, it seems.
If we had a few more days, we would have liked to see more in the area, and also would have visited the Vatican and especially the Sistine Chapel. But we had just enough time to wander a bit further, to this impressive building, which housed a museum...
Inside was also very beautiful.
There was also a cathedral next to this building, so we stepped inside. Beautiful.
It's funny, outside the cathedral was a big sign indicating that the entrance was free, and that anyone charging an entrance fee was not legitimate. But there was also a beggar at the door holding out a dish, saying Grazie to each person entering the church, collecting coins. I suppose that's what the sign was all about. We saw this at two different locations, so it seemed that the beggar at the door of the church was a typical fixture of a Roman cathedral.
So other than the rain and the short timeframe, it was a successful visit to Rome, but we definitely left enough to warrant another visit in future.