Tuesday was a national holiday in Italy.
While many banks and shops were closed, I still had class. My art class headed to the Colosseum area to sketch, but we were greeted with a large military parade.
According to About.com, Festa della Repubblica celebrates the day in 1946 that Italy voted for a republic form of government.
I've never seen so many military persons in one area! It was quite a sight.
The Colosseum was draped with a gigantic Italian flag.
I even caught a glimpse of the Italian president Giorgio Napolitano.