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Bath of Diocletian and Church of S. Mary of the Angels
Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:36

Terme di Diocleziano e S. Maria degli Angeli

The huge rectangular area occupied by the Baths, erected between 298 and 306 A.D., is of approximately 140,000sqm, excluding the tanks, discovered in Piazza dei Cinquecento, fed by the water of the aqueduct of the Aqua Marcia. Built in brick stone, the baths could accommodate up to 3000 people simultaneously. The huge thermal complex housed a central building with calidarium, tepidarium and natatio (rooms for hot or warm baths and swimming pools filled with cold water, partly preserved) disposed along the short axis, and gymnasiums on both sides of the long axis, with a large court all around used as garden.

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Pyramid of Caius Cestius
Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:36

Piramide Caio Cestio

Leaving St. Paul’s gate (Porta San Paolo) along the Via Ostiense, stands the original Pyramid of Caius Cestius , a burial monument that this official who was in charge of the sacred banquets had erected as his own tomb between 18 and 12b.C. It is 37mt. high, built in imitation of the Egyptian pyramids, that were in fashion in Rome after the conquest of Egypt (30 to C.). It is built of a very firm composition of mortar and small stones faced with tablets of white marble. The original entrance was effected by means of an inclined shaft about halfway up the northern side of the Pyramid.

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Spanish Steps
Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:36

Piazza di Spagna

The square is one of the characteristic spots of the city and offers a splendid panorama on the center of Rome. Dominated by the façade of the church of the Trinità dei Monti, built in 1502 and consecrated in 1587 by Sisto V, that made of it a focal point of his ambitious urbanistic plan. From here began the Via Felice, then Sistina, straight road that led pilgrims to the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.

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Navona Square
Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:36

Piazza Navona

Rome’s most characteristic square; The whole district, with its narrow streets, dark lanes and its closed palaces, witnesses of a glorious past and of traditions full of charm to us. The history of the square goes back to Ancient Rome. In this area rose the large Circus of the Emperor Domitian. As a matter of fact the vast elliptical shape of the square matches exactly the outlines of the circus. Here were carried out mock sea battles, grandiose public shows, games etc. In the following centuries, although the complex fell into ruins, the site was still a favourite spot by the Romans.

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Bocca della verità Square
Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:36

PantheonThe square takes its name from the famous Mouth of Truth, the maskaron which is inside the porch of the church of St. Mary in Cosmedin. According to a famous Roman legend the threatening mouth would snap shut on the hand of the liers. The square is in the middle of an ancient commercial area between Rome and the harbour along the river by the Tiber Island and the Emporium, the warehouse.

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Pantheon
Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:36

Pantheon

Il più bel resto dell’antichità romana è senza dubbio il Pantheon. Questo tempio ha così poco sofferto, che ci appare come dovettero vederlo alla loro epoca i romani. . Credo che questa volta immensa, sospesa sulla testa senza apparente sostegno, dia agli sciocchi il senso della paura; ma ben presto si tranquillizzano e dicono: “E’ per farmi piacere che si son presi la pena di darmi una sensazione così forte!

Stendhal, Passeggiate Romane

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