We spent the day at the Colosseum and the Forum today; taking in (and drawing in) the heart of Imperial and Republican Rome’s civic heart. Our first stop was the Colosseum at 9 am – which proved to be good, getting it almost to ourselves for the better part of the morning. The weather in Rome has alternated between days of glorious sunshine and temps in the upper teens (celsius) and rainy, grey and cold. Monday, thankfully, was the latter. Students (like cats) found the sunny spots in the Flavian Amphitheater and settled in to draw. We met afterward and trekked into the Forum – exploring the ruins of the Via Sacra, the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, the Temple of Romulus, Saturn, the Basilica of Iulia, the Atria and House of the Vestal Virgins, the Curia, triumphal arches, the Augustan and Tiberian complexes, the Farnese gardens… the list goes on. We walked and talked (like an episode of the West Wing – like almost every episode of the West Wing) and drew, and saw Rome unfolded from the the top of the Palatine Hill.