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My trip to Rome was very short - I spent there only two days and one evening. But it was a wonderful time First of all I spent one day with our dear friends - Vinicio, Giorgio and Ninello. It was wonderful to meet them. They showed me their favourite places off the beaten track, we had some pizza and had a lot of fun. Thanks a lot my Roman guides! Quite unexpectedly, the weather was also fine. I am not satisfied with many of my shots, but there are some I like.

This is rather standard but beautiful view of Trajan's Forum. It was built by the architect Apollodorus of Damascus. The most interesting structure is Trajan's Column. Completed in AD 113, it is famous for its spiral bas relief, which artistically describes the epic wars between the Romans and Dacians. Its design has inspired numerous victory columns. behind the column we see the church of Santa Maria di Loreto.
After the Jubilee of 1500, the association of Bakers (Sodalizio dei Fornai) received permission from Pope Alexander VI to build a church at this site. Construction of this church began in 1507 by Antonio da Sangallo the younger, with an octagonal floor plan; the dome and the lantern were completed by Jacopo del Duca some 75 years later.

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