All roads lead to Rome

It’s been a year since I visited the beautiful Rome, after some processes of consciousness because I didn’t write an article about this place so important to history, I’ve decided that it’s time to do something about that.

As you know early Rome was governed by kings, but after only seven of them had ruled, the Romans took power over their own city and ruled themselves. Rome’s most famous citizen was no doubt Julius Caesar. He was a Roman politician and general who conquered the vast territory of the Gauls to the north of his province in France. Enough about the history, let’s start with my impressions of Rome.

Rome, a city where you feel cool just strolling through the streets, catching the sunlight on your face outside a coffee, or eating a long lunch. It’s a place that almost encourages you to take things easy.

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First stop – the Colosseum a monument of epic proportions, where in the past were fights between gladiators, slaves and prisoners. Today, the only gladiators that you’ll see are the ones outside the Colosseum, so we, the tourists can take pictures with them.

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Very close to the Colosseum is Roman Forum, the symbolic heart of the Roman Empire. At the top rise the arch of Titus, built in AD 81 to celebrate the sack of Jerusalem by the Emperor Vespasian and his son Titus. Also on the right are the great columns of the temple of Antoninus and Faustina.

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We ended the first day with una passeggiata in the Transtevere area, where we saw a gorgeous sunset over the river Tiber.

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Colosseum by night
Colosseum by night

The next day, early in the morning we went to Vatican. The world’s smallest sovereign state ( 0.44 sq km), Vatican is just a few hundred metres west of the River Tiber and it is the capital of the Catholic world. St Peter’s Basilica is an experience that you should not miss. Here you can see Michelangelo’s Pietà, his unfinished sculpture of the Madonna cradling her lost son with such intense grief that the Carrara marble block seems to glisten with her tears.

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In the Vatican Museums, you’ll walk through 1.2 miles of classical art treasures from ancient Greece to the Renaissance before you even reach the Sistine Chapel, one of the world’s greatest masterpieces of Michelangelo. The ceiling fresco shows Adam brought to life with the touch of the Almighty’s forefinger.

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When you are in Vatican, there are many must-see’s and must-do’s. Going to the top of the Cupola is one of them. From here you have a view that you won’t forget soon.

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Vatican is a memorable experience with a strong emotional charge. From here we went to the castle Sant’Angelo – a fortress that in middle ages was in a particularly strategic position that defended the northern entrance of the city. ( Now I realise that I don’t have pictures with the castle, I have only with the view from here 🙂 ).Imagine

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Next stop was Trevi Fountain, most beautiful fountain in all Rome. The central figure of the fountain, in front of a large niche, is Neptune, god of the sea. He is riding a chariot in the shape of a shell, pulled by two sea horses. Each sea horse is guided by a Triton. One of the horses is calm and obedient, the other one restive. They symbolize the fluctuating moods of the sea.

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Every single night here is a lot of people. Make sure you throw a coin in the fountain, to assure your return to Rome. 🙂

You have to see also Piazza Navona – a large and lively square features with no less than three magnificent fountains. Here you can stop at one of the many terraces for a glass of wine and a snack. Imagine

In our walks through beautiful streets of Rome, we met with some friends and we decided that next day we should go to Lido di Ostia, to enjoy the sea, beach and the spring-summer sun.

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Enough sunshine and laziness, there are many places to visit in Rome, such as :

The Pantheon – one of the best-preserved of all Roman buildings. At the top of the dome is a large opening, the oculus, which was the only source of light.

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The oculus
The oculus

Villa Borghese – Rome has 500 hectares of parkland divided up in various beautiful public villas like Villa Borghese, which is certainly the most famous. ( I have no pictures 😦 , probably I was captivated by the beauty and tranquility of this place, but I’ve got one from internet ).

Very close to Villa Borghese is Piazza del Popolo.

Spanish square & the spanish steps – A popular meeting place in Rome, that is connected to a French church (Trinità dei Monti) on top of the spanish steps.

Rome is an eclectic city, being the world center of Catholic Church here you can find a lot of churches, like  : Santa Maria del Popolo, San Clemente, Santa Maria Maggiore.

Santa Maria Maggiore
Santa Maria Maggiore
Santa Maria Maggiore

MAXXI National Museum of XXI century – first national museum of architecture in Italy
and its roots in the cultural and geographical Italian defines its identity.

Undoubtedly Rome is a city that always inspires and amazes its visitors. I realized that Rome was build to rule and dominate the world. Everything here is on a massive scale, solid and “eternal”.

Because I did not said to you, my readers „ Happy Women’s Day !” and when I was in Rome was the same period, I now wish all of you two times to be loved and healthy  🙂 !

Love,

A.

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