Sunday, October 23, 2011

Roma, diece (dee-etch-ay)

At the end of our second day we made our way back from the Colosseum to our apartment.  Here are some of the sites along the way.

Spray Painter extraordinaire:

We watched another one of these guys the day before, and we found the technique fascinating.

Here's a pretty bell tower with the sun starting to set.

We found ourselves on a quest to find this statue of Lupa with Romulus and Remus.  The legend says that Romulus and Remus were twin sons of Mars, abandoned in the woods.  The she-wolf Lupa, having just lost pups of her own, nursed them for several years.  Eventually the two would grow up, and Romulus, after defeating Remus in battle, established Rome and named the city after himself.

Near this statue is Campidoglio Square on Capitoline Hill.  This square was designed by Michelangelo.  On one side is the Mayor's office/residence.

Riley and Ted learned all about the square on the Walki-Talki app for the iphone.

What we enjoyed most on this square were the statues (there was one on each side of the steps) of men with their horses.  After feeling as though we had already met our quota of naked statues and artwork, there were these guys.

They were wearing capes I suppose.  Don't know if that makes this picture better or worse.  Who rides a horse wearing nothing but a cape?

And across the Tiber we returned after a wonderful second day in Rome.

Day 2, Stop 10, Check

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