|The Rome we all know and love today. The stonework would have been much the same 500 years ago, just add weeds, reeds, cats and rats.
Porticus Octaviae, Ettore Roesler Franz painted
a scene not unlike one might have encountered
in Renaissance Rome
|By 1642, Rome was no longer the squalid roads of ruins Michelangelo knew.
|Likewise, much of the Roman Forum wasn't so lucky.