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Time Travel

20 May
I was going to write about our new home — and I will do that soon — but I have to write to tell potential travelers to Roma in the next few months about the special evening tours of Caesar’s Forum and the Forum of Augustus.
Dramatic lighting reveals important relics and helps one to understand the site.
Dramatic lighting reveals important relics and helps one to understand the site.
Last night Ric, Derek and I went on the audio-guided walking tour of Caesar’s Forum and we were impressed. This is the first time visitors have been allowed. It is carefully managed to avoid damage (one is kept on a walkway) but you are right there, in the Forum built over 2000 years ago. Modern Roma seems far away. The multi-media presentation, available in 8 languages, was extremely well done and helped one to understand the layout and function of the forum. It’s wonderful to have an evening activity like this, making use of the lovely evening hours after the heat of day has passed. The shows/tours run every 20 minutes starting at 21:00 and until midnight. Each tour is about 45 minutes in duration.
Last year Ric and I attended the show in  Augustus’ Forum, which was developed to honor the 2000th anniversary of his death. This is a stationary show, where you sit in bleachers as the multi-media presentation plays out across the ruins in front of you. Again, available in many languages, this show last about 40 minutes and is run three times each evening: 21:00, 22:00 and 23:00. You can buy a combined ticket and see both on the same night.
Herewith a few pictures to tempt you. If you are in Roma between now and November 1, make reservations and go!
Piazza Venezia in the soft evening light, while we wait to be admitted to the site.
Piazza Venezia in the soft evening light, while we wait to be admitted to the site.
Trajan's Column: The entry point is right under the column, very easy to find.
Trajan’s Column: The entry point is right under the column, very easy to find.
The crowd gathers and adjusts their headsets. The guide merely ushers you through the site.
The crowd gathers and adjusts their headsets. The guide merely ushers you through the site.
We are below Via Fori Imperiali. Notice the people bathed in golden light on the street above. We are at the level of ancient Rome.
We are below Via Fori Imperiali. Notice the people bathed in golden light on the street above. We are at the level of ancient Rome.
We enter from a part of Trajan's Forum, crossing under Via Fori Imperiali into a part of the complex one usually can only view from above.
We enter from a part of Trajan’s Forum, crossing under Via Fori Imperiali into a part of the complex one usually can only view from above.
A movie is projected on the ruins showing the creation of Via Fori Imperiali.
A movie is projected on the ruins showing the creation of Via Fori Imperiali.
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6 Responses to “Time Travel”

  1. Marcia Kakiuchi May 24, 2015 at 01:28 #

    That photo of piazza Venezia was spectacular!

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    • gooddayrome May 24, 2015 at 06:40 #

      Ciao Marcia, thanks! I was surprised how well that turned out in low light.

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  2. Chloe May 21, 2015 at 07:57 #

    Lovely photos. i would love to see the forum by night. i do remember when one could roam the entire forum unimpeded by fences and paths. That too was nice. In which area is your new home located?

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    • gooddayrome May 24, 2015 at 06:39 #

      Hi Chloe. We are still in Parioli. Did not want to have to learn a new neighborhood, too!

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  3. maarja Paris May 20, 2015 at 18:52 #

    I loved this post Laurel! I wish we had been able to do something like this when we were in Roma last May…maybe next year when we come back to Provence.By the way, all the local magazines have articles about the Milan expo so you will have a great time. Be sure to go to the Estonia pavilion it sounds great and I wish we could get over there before we leave for Portland!We look forward to seeing you both in Oregon in the fall so keep us posted on your dates! Not sure we can find a good pizza spot though!Bises, Maarja & JC From: gooddayrome To: mkcoccinelle@yahoo.com Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:31 AM Subject: [New post] Time Travel #yiv7386915998 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv7386915998 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv7386915998 a.yiv7386915998primaryactionlink:link, #yiv7386915998 a.yiv7386915998primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv7386915998 a.yiv7386915998primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv7386915998 a.yiv7386915998primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv7386915998 WordPress.com | gooddayrome posted: “I was going to write about our new home — and I will do that soon — but I have to write to tell potential travelers to Roma in the next few months about the special evening tours of Caesar’s Forum and the Forum of Augustus.Dramatic lighting reveals im” | |

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  4. Anne May 20, 2015 at 17:17 #

    We have booked this visit for July – even more excited now we have seen your post. Thank you

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