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The broad street running from Coloseum to Piazza Venezia in Rome - Via dei Fiori Imperiali - was laid down by fascist diktator Benito Mussolini in 1924. With the instinctive feeling expected, it came to run straight through the ancient Forum Romanum.

So today the parts not destroyed are found on both sides of the street, nowadays well visible as excavation is a slow and ongoing process. More and more of imperial Rome get to see the daylight.

This is from Forum Caesaris built by Julius Caesar in 46 BC. The three columns belonged to the Temple of Venus Genetrix, originally planed by Caesar and, after his assassination, finished by Roman senators.

This area was destroyed by the fire in 80 AD. Later the temple was restored in 113 AD and these three columns belong to that reconstruction.

In the back and above all this is a part of "Il Vittoriano" - nickname for Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II). This is a controversial monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy.

"Zuppa Inglese" is the name of a sweet Italian dish, which is really "over the top"!

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 542 W: 241 N: 845] (2424)
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