I feel very fortunate to have visited Italy recently, and I am pre-empting my regular past-and-present period to move back two thousand years.
I had no idea many of the great sights of ancient Rome are right next to each other. I was able to reach these on foot from my hotel in a beautiful neighborhood, Aventino, with lovely apartments with red-tile roofs and inviting terraces, and tall trees lining the hilly streets. This is one of the seven hills of Rome.
Between this Aventine Hill and the Palatine Hill is the Circus Maximus. A sign posted there stated Romans raced chariots drawn by teams of four or six horses. The races took place for NINE HUNDRED years.
There was once a stadium here that seated 150,000 people. Today, the track remains.
The ruins on the other side of the Circus Maximus, shown in the upper right of the photo in the link above, are the ruins on the…
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