Next we continued east and passed through Piazza di Pietra. On the square is a set of eleven Corinthian columns that were part of a temple that used to stand there. These days the columns are part of the facade of a conference center. One of the things that makes Rome an interesting place is that ancient ruins are scattered all over the city and sometimes they’re just standing around next to more modern buildings. Back in 2012 I remember walking around southeastern Rome and coming across what appeared to be the remains of an old Roman arch that was just hanging out in a parking lot. I imagine that if you live in Rome you just get used to stuff like this but for visitors like me its striking to see the ancient and the modern mixed together like that.