I wasn't planning on touring the Roman Forum quite yet but when you stumble into an area that is so rich with history and beauty, it stops you dead in your tracks.
I needed to escape from the house and was feeling mighty adventurous so I decided to go to the Piazza di Popolo alone for the first time. I didn't really want to see any big tourist traps on this particular day, rather I just wanted to explore the side streets, get a little lost, find the most perfect gelato, take some photos, and find my way home. Instead, I found myself wandering some side streets and stumbling into the Roman Forum. All hopes of finding gelato was forgotten.
I started wandering deeper and deeper into this historic district. I found it amazing to look around and see that Rome truly is an Eternal City. Among its preserved monuments are also more modern buildings in the not-so-far distance and street food vendors, sites I'm sure the ancient Romans would be just as much in awe in as we modern people are over the ancient ruins.
My first view of the Colosseum. I had to promptly put my camera away after this photo, unfortunately. I hope to go back soon for more photos and exploring.
What historic sites have you seen, if even from your hometown?!