Day 2: Quirinal Palace – aka Presidential Palace (Rome, Italy)
August 7, 2011
Day 2: Santa Maria in Aracoeli (Rome, Italy)
August 7, 2011

Day 2: Trajan's Column, Roman Forum and Victor Emmanuel Monument (Rome, Italy)

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Exiting Hotel Artemide and to the left is Capitol Hill (aka Campidoglio) and Piazza Venezia where you can see the Victor Emmanuel Monument (aka Il Vittoriano).

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Trajan’s Column

Trajan's Column is seen directly behind us here. It's "the best example of 'continuous narration'..." - Rick Steves

"The Trajan column stands at 138 ft high. here are more than 2000 carved figures depicting the story of Trajan's Dacian wars between 101-102 and 105-106 A.D. It starts with soldiers preparing for the war and ends with the Dacians being ousted from their homeland. The column consists of 29 pieces of white marble, the largest one weighing up to 77 tons.

Initially, a statue of an eagle topped the column, but after Trajan's death it was replaced by a 6 meter (20ft) tall statue of the emperor himself. His ashes and later those of his wife Plotina were placed in the base of the column. In 1587 the statue was replaced again, this time by one of St. Peter." - A View On Cities

Roman Forum

To get there... you take a walk back in history through The Forum of Trajan. (A neat book we purchased from a street vendor was the Rome Past and Present with Reconstructions by R.A. Staccioli). We check out page p.52 with a drawing reconstructing the Basiclica Ulpia.

Victor Emmanuel II National Monument (Il Vittoriano - Altar of the Fatherland)

"Victor Emmanuel Monument - This oversize monument to Italy's first king, built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country's unification in 1870... The 43-foot-long statue of the king on the horse is the biggest equestrian statue in the world. The king's moustache is over five feet wide, and a person could fit into the horse's hoof." - Rick Steves

"Soliders guard Italy's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as the eternal flame flickers..." -Rick Steves

Institute for the History of the Italian Risorgimento

"The Institute, founded in 1935, is based in the Vittoriano Complex in Piazza Venezia and promotes studies on the History of Italy, from the period of the Unification of Italy and Independence until the end of the First World War. The Historical Archive of the Institute preserves more than a million paper documents and publications (letters, diaries, manuscripts of works) concerning the Risorgimento period and the history of Italy between the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as an important collection of paintings , sculptures, drawings, engravings, prints, photographs, weapons and relics which, recalling facts and protagonists of this important period in the history of our country, form a large archive of the memory of the Risorgimento." –TourismoRoma

Did you think the same thing? It's Harry Potter's Book of Magic, in Italian... aw man - no touch!

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