THE CAPITOLINE HILL, THE ROMAN FORUM,
THE PALATINE HILL, THE COLOSSEUM AND THE BASILICA OF ST. JOHN IN LATERAN
Piazza del Campidoglio
Making our way towards the sacred Capitoline hill, acropolis and political
and religious centre of ancient Rome, the goal of every triumph, take a moment
to climb the wide stairway on the right of the monument to Vittorio Emanuele II.
Don't miss the ruins of a Roman house several stories high and those of a
medieval Christian basilica at the foot of the tremendous hill and the steep
marble stairs to the austere Church of Santa Maria d'Aracoeli, whose unadorned
facade especially at sunset takes on an air of poetry and mystery, when the sky
turns violet and gold and clouds of sparrows fly like waves to the sounds of the
bells of all the Roman churches.