La scalinata dei Borgia a Roma: the stairway of the Borgias in Rome. This secret escape route was used as a quick getaway by members of the wicked Borgia family. But at least one Borgia couldn’t get away fast enough, and did not survive his passage through this tunnel.
Metropolitana di Roma, the station at Via Cavour.
Seen at the Trevi Fountain, 1985. Italy had National Service for 18-year-olds until 2004, so I think that’s what these five lads are.
The famous Trevi fountain, practically filling the small square it is situated in. I think it’s a bit of a mess, but lots of people like it. Picture taken in 1985. The most interesting thing about it is that the water comes from an ancient underground aqueduct built after 100 BC in the time of the Roman Republic.
Ostia Antica, the port of Ancient Rome, 1985.
Part of the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Forum, seen from the modern ground level of the Via del Tulliano, which allows this view above the ancient excavated ground level of the Forum. The building seen on the extreme left is the back of the Antoninus and Faustina Temple, seen in the previous posting.
The columns of the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, seen on the right beyond the ruins. They survived because they were incorporated into a church. Otherwise ancient buildings were dismantled, and the bricks, marble and decorative cladding used in later construction. I heard that a lot of what’s gone from the Colosseum was used in the building of St. Peter’s in The Vatican.
The Porta Asinaria in the Rome city walls, not far from the previous posting. It seems an impromptu market is going on here in this picture. Taken in 1985.
Piazza di San Giovanni in Laterano (St. John Lateran) in 1985.
Museo Pio-Clementino Vatican City 1985. These broken-off legs placed randomly about seem a bit strange.