Monday 22 October 2018, San Donato di Fiesole
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Roma Attractions

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According to tradition, the name of the hill comes from the god Janus, who had founded a town known as the Ianiculum. But it 's more probable that comes from the name of a small settlement (Pagus Ianiculensis) existing at one time at the foot of the hill, in the Trastevere area. The Gianicolo has always been a strategic point, which is important for the control and the defense of Rome. This is i...

Circo Massimo

The big ellipse which formed the Circus Maximus - one of the oldest buildings in Rome - lies in the Murcia valley between the Palatino and Aventino hills. From the earliest times, the area was reclaimed and used games of the circus, especially the chariot races and gladiator fights. Currently, you can see a large field of elliptical (664 meters to 124), which is well recognized in the p...

Fori Imperiali

Founded in 753 BC as a small village, in the Republican era Rome became the most important center of the ancient world. With the advent of the empire and the expansion of population, trade, diplomacy, and of works celebrating the greatness of the emperors, the old Republican forum became inadequate to accommodate the new buildings. Over two centuries (BC-I AD), the hole expanded around new streets ...

Domus Aurea

It was built by Nerone, in place of the previous Domus Transitoria, which was completely destroyed by fire in 64 AD. So Svetonio describes the Domus Aurea: "It stretched from the Palatine to the Esquiline. ... To understand its extent and its magnitude Suffice it to say that a colossal statue 120 feet high, the image of Nero, could enter the vestibule of the house, the magnitude of this was to i...

Bocca della Verità

Under the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, there is a large mask of marble, with a picture of a fluvial god. The mask, positioned site in 1632, is called Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth), because - according to a medieval legend - bite the hand of anyone who tells lies: the statue was working then as a witness of the truthfulness or sincerity of those who were not forced to u...

Ara Pacis Augustae

The Ara Pacis is one of the highest expressions of Augustan art and work together with deep symbolic references, which become meaningful in the context of the historical transition from Republic to the new imperial order. The altar was built in the Campus Martius, near the Via Flaminia, 13 to 9 BC to celebrate Augustus' businesses in the western provinces of the Empire. As evidence of the direct r...


Also called the Monte Capitolino, the Campidoglio is the smallest of the seven hills on which Rome was founded. At the saddle that separated the two top of the hill (the Arx and the Capitolium), there was the famous Rupe Tarpea, where they came precipitated the traitors of Rome. In ancient times, for its location between the plain of the Roman Forum and the Tevere river, near the ford and the I...

Colonna Traiana

Defined by Italo Calvino as "a marble film, stone epic," Trajan's column is on the whole of the Forum of the same name, designed by Apollodoro di Damasco. The column is covered with a frieze in low relief, once in bright colors, which runs a spiral along its full height (39.87 m), describing episodes in the life of Trajan and Trajan's successful war that fought against the same the Dacians. On top ...

Foro Romano

The Roman Forum was for centuries the commercial, legal, religious and political republican Rome, within its walls was born and was developed the greatness of Rome and the nascent empire Originally, the area was marshy and is occupied by one of the oldest cemeteries of the settlement. The remediation took place in 600 BC with the construction of the Cloaca Maxima. The Forum reached the final s...


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