"When in Rome, do as the Romans do," goes the saying, or better yet, "When in Rome, do as the tourists do!" And tourists, on the first Sunday of the month, head to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum as the admission is free! And unknowingly, we timed out visit to Rome to coincide with the first weekend of the month, hence our free admission.
My recollections of Rome were different from what I saw this time around, I guess time had mellowed my memories to the point that approaches and views seemed somehow different. I thought (I am talking about 30 years ago) that you could drive around most of the Colosseum, but today you can't. And I remembered the Roman Forum being larger than it is. Just shows you what memories can or can't do for you.
Anyways, the Roman Forum is a wonderful and magical place for those of us who love history, and especially for those of us who love Greco-Roman history. The Roman Forum is the scene of many important historical events. A walk through this place is to go back in time several thousand years and see those places and buildings that speak out from the dim past.
This particular shot is from the Palatine hill overlooking the forum looking down on the buildings on either side of Via Sacra. I wanted to get a sense of the closeness of the structures - some of which date back thousands of years - and give a sense of the place as a whole. In the distance one can see the Arch of Septimus Severus, the remains of the various temples and basilicas and other government buildings. I used the diagonal line from the wall in the foreground on the bottom right to help lead the eye towards the Arch in the background.
I took this photograph using a Sony A7RII with the Sony FE 28-240mm f/5.6-6.3 OSS lens set at a focal length of 46mm. The camera was set at f/16 with 1/125 second shutter and ISO of 100.