I have been to Trier for a couple of days, to see a trio of exhibitions on the Emperor Nero. You will be able to read a review of these in the TLS in a couple of weeks, so I'm not going to preempt that now. But here's a bit of background and tourst info.
Trier is one of the biggest and best Roman towns in the West, with a standing city gate, the 'Porta Nigra' (you can see that in the picture above with the mock soldiers -- a monument preserved, as they so often are, because it was converted into a church). It had its glory days in the late Roman empire, when it became one of the mini capitals outside Rome. We went there to film parts of the last episode of Ultimate Rome -- it was damn cold and snowing (and I was happily introduced to handwarmers!) but still it left a good memory.
So it was with a certain pleasure that I went back in search of Nero (and especially, as it was the theme of one of the three shows, the afterlife of Nero -- close to the subject of my current research project).