Rome is divided into neighbourhoods. We are staying in the Republica neighbourhood, lots of hotels, restaurants and locals.
Truth be told it was a little scary when we started walking around yesterday. Jim thought everyone was a gypsy. The cars and vespas were everywhere, even up on the sidewalks, and then we went in our first church, Santa Maria degli Angeli. Part of this church was built by Michelangelo and there is a beautiful Bernini sculpture in it called "The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa". Wrong church it is actually in Santa Maria Della Vittorio.
Right across the road is the Piazza dei republica, built in 1870. It has a gigantic fountain in the middle and 2 very high class hotels surrounding it. It is always filled with cars, buses and vespas whipping from one lane to the next, lol I don't think they actually have lanes in Italy. Btw vespas seem to have only one rule they all wear helmets, they don't follow lanes and they don't stop for red lights.
Our next stop was at the Monument of Vittorio Emanuel II, built in the early 1900s, this was a source of great national pride at the time and includes the eternal flame to the WWI unknown soldier, which has 2 sentinels guarding it everyday. Present day romans dont like it because of the amount of ancient ruins he had to remove to build it. It reminds me a little of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Right beside this was the Foro di Traiano, a huge imperial forum, a city unto itself built by Trajan.
For some strange reason we decided to walk back to the hotel, we figure we walked about 20 Kms today.