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04 Aug Posted by in Rome | Comments

Rome – The Sistine Chapel

Rome – The Sistine Chapel

Though named after Pope Sixtus IV, who commissioned the chapel construction, the Sistine Chapel was given everlasting fame by Pope Julius II. For, in 1508, it was he who commissioned Michaelangelo to paint frescoes to cover the 10,000 square foot ceiling. But on the way to the ceiling there are many delights for visitors to […]

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03 Aug Posted by in Rome | Comments

Rome – The Roman Forum

Rome – The Roman Forum

Located in a valley between Palatine Hill and Capitoline Hill, the Forum Romanum is one of the foremost archaeological sites in the world. Long before the first millennium the forum was the center of political and cultural life for the Roman Empire. Under construction for centuries, by the 7th century BC it was already a […]

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02 Aug Posted by in Rome | Comments

Rome – The Pantheon, Work of Genius

Rome – The Pantheon, Work of Genius

Few ancient buildings have survived the ravages of time so well as the Pantheon in Rome. It is the only example of similar age, size and span that remains intact. The fact is no accident – it’s largely the result of superior engineering. Often copied, sometimes equaled but never surpassed, it had more architectural innovations […]

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01 Aug Posted by in Rome | Comments

Rome – The Fountains of The Eternal City

Rome – The Fountains of The Eternal City

The fountains of Rome have an ancient and glorious history. Examples range from the Eternal City’s glory days in the 1st century AD to its even more glorious days during the Renaissance to the 18th century and beyond. Other cities offer fountains that are barely beyond the utilitarian. But not Rome. Rome must have a […]

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31 Jul Posted by in Rome | Comments

Rome – The Eternal City, Ancient and Modern

Rome – The Eternal City, Ancient and Modern

Like many metropoli, Rome is a glorious combination of ancient monuments and modern, bustling life. Visitors will find far too much to do, no matter what their tastes. For those who love fine art, Rome is second in Italy perhaps only to Florence. Like Florence, that isn’t only because of its numerous museums such as […]

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30 Jul Posted by in Rome | Comments

Rome – The Colosseum

Rome – The Colosseum

Il Colosseo as the Romans refer to it began life as the Flavian Amphitheater, an enormous elliptical stadium capable of seating 50,000 spectators within its six acre domain. During the 1st century AD, and for hundreds of years thereafter, the Colosseum was host to grisly spectacles of human-human and human-animal combat. Slight evidence of those […]

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29 Jul Posted by in Rome | Comments

Rome – St. Peter’s Basilica

Rome – St. Peter’s Basilica

Formally known by the name Basilica di San Pietro, St. Peter’s Basilica is one of Rome’s foremost tourist attractions. This one site alone has enough to see to occupy an entire day or more. St. Peter’s is among the most well-known and frequently visited buildings inside Vatican City. Though legend has it that the site […]

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28 Jul Posted by in Rome | Comments

Rome – Piazza Navona

Rome –  Piazza Navona

Rome is an outdoor city. Though, of course, there are many churches, museums, restaurants, theaters and other indoor attractions, the city shines best when seen from one its piazzas. The word means public square. But unlike some other internationally renowned cities, the piazzas of Rome are truly gathering places for people who love the beauty […]

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27 Jul Posted by in Rome | Comments

Rome – Domus Aurea

Rome – Domus Aurea

One of the more recent attractions in Rome is actually one of the more ancient. The Golden House of Nero, what remains of it, has been excavated and the ruins are now available for public viewing. Though re-discovered during the Renaissance, they were the subject of a massive restoration project near the end of the […]

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25 Jul Posted by in Rome | Comments

Rome – Villa Borghese

Rome – Villa Borghese

Like every metropolitan city, Rome is a bustling, buzzing hive of outdoor activity. While much of that is naturally a source of excitement for tourists, there comes a time when anyone will want to find some peace and quiet. No spot in Rome could serve that purpose better than Villa Borghese. Moderate-sized by some standards, […]

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