I wasn’t in any rush to go check out some dude’s pole but once it was in my face, I couldn’t look away.
Trajan’s Column was erected in celebration of the Roman victory over the Dacians. The victory only came after a long succession of epic wars, the story of which is carved into the face of the column spiraling upward. It’s pretty cool. Check it out if you’re in the area, but don’t make a special trip just to see it.
One thing I didn’t get– looking at the figure sitting atop the column, I couldn’t help but think…
“Since when is Trajan some bearded old guy? He’s always shown in his fabulous prime. That doesn’t look like Trajan.”
It’s not. On top is Saint Peter. Trajan’s ashes are stored in the bottom.
We spent a little bit of time walking around the area of Trajan’s Forum. The forum itself is just a bunch of foundations for buildings; not as impressive as the hypogem of the Colosseum so we didn’t spend much time in that direction.
We wandered around the area for a bit trying to find the Le Domus Romane di Palazzo Valentini. We looked at maps. We wandered in circles. We laughed. We cried. We argued in the blistering heat of the Italian sun.