Rick Steves’ Europe: Rome, Italy

An after-dark walk takes in the Eternal City’s most famous fountains, grand palaces, a soaring temple, candlelit outdoor cafes and street musicians

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The Marcus Aurelius Column

Marcus Aurelius column
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In the Piazza Colonna, a huge second-century column features reliefs depicting the victories of Emperor Marcus Aurelius over the barbarians . When Aurelius died in A.D. 180, the tables began to turn, commencing Rome's three-century decline and fall.


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