Day 7 : Rome Italy (20 June 2008)
After rushing to get there from St Peter’s Bascilica to the Roman Forum for the start of the Guided Imperial Tour at 14:00 we were tired. We were also hungry because there was no time to buy food before the tour started.
We met our guide in front of the Roman Forum. He was very interesting and said: “Follow zee guide, Contiki” when he wanted us to follow him. He told us interesting stories about the history of the buildings and the people that built them. It was very warm and we tried to stand in the shade every time he moved to the next building.
The Forum consists of ruins of ancient buildings of Rome. It is amazing to think that parts of buildings from 2 000 years ago can survive. I only knew a little about the Roman history and found the stories told by our guide fascinating. (Although I had trouble concentrating due to the heat and hunger)
The Temple was built in 141 AD by emperor Antoninus Pius to honor his deceased wife Faustina. After his death the temple was rededicated to both Antoninus and Faustina.