After our stop at the Colloseum we made our way down Appia Antica, a Roman road that stretches out of the city for about 4 miles surrounded by archological sites.
My favourite spots were Circus Maxentius, which looks like it could have been the set for the final chariot race in Ben Hur, and the Aquaducts. We stopped where the photo above was taken and you can see how well preserved this stretch is.
The afternoon was spent wandering through Palentine Hill which is the site of the Flavian Palace, a maze of ruined buildings and gardens that was once home to the Roman rulers. Even as it stands now you can imagine it would have been a nice place to live. Right next door is the Roman Forum where we found this building. We listended into another tourist as they read from their guide book and apparently this is only one quarter of the original structure.