Rome is known as the "Eternal City"; since its foundation (on April 21st 753 b.C.)
it has increased its importance, renown and wealth: "Roma caput mundi", capital
of the Roman Empire and of the Ancient World, "Roma caput fidei", the center of
the Catholic Church, the capital city of Italy from 1861.
Rome is also known as the "Urbe" (City) par excellence. The historic center encloses
a good part of the world-wide artistic patrimony and it is listed by UNESCO as a
World Heritage Site.
Every historical age left a tangible sign of its passing, from the Roman monuments
to the Medieval ones, from the Renaissance to the Modern Times.
Let's think of Colosseum, Baths of Caracalla, Circus Maximus, Domus Aurea, Ara Pacis,
Arch of Costantine, Pantheon, Trajan's Column, aqueducts, arches and several obelisks!
Do not forget Saint Peter's Basilica, the greatest church in the world, dominated
by the imposing Michelangelo's dome, realized by Raffaello, Giuliano da Sangallo
and Bramante; St. Paul's Basilica, the second greatest church in the world, "Basilica
di San Giovanni in Laterano" and "Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore".
Fontana di Trevi, realized by Nicola Salvi between 1732 and 1751, "Fontana della
Barcaccia" (Fountain of the Hold Boat) in Piazza di Spagna, "Fontana dei Quattro
Fiumi" in Piazza Navona, realized by Bernini and "Fontanone" (big fountain) at Gianicolo.
The historical palaces and those ones that house the institutions (Montecitorio
Palace, Madama Palace, Quirinale Palace, Chigi Palace, Viminale Palace, Farnesina
Palace, Marescialli Palace, Spada Palace, Consulta Palace), the theatres and the
museums (Capitoline Museums, Ara Pacis Museum, Museo di Roma a Palazzo Braschi,
Napoleonic Museum, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Antiquarium del Palatino, National
Gallery, Borghese Gallery, Colonna Gallery, Spada Gallery, Doria Pamphilj Gallery,
Museo Centrale del Risorgimento, Medieval Museum, Museo Storico della Liberazione
and many other specialized museums and cultural centers).
Rome, with its 2500 years old, preserves its charming, stateliness and, especially,
its scent of...eternity!
By: Italia Lifestyle Locali d'Autore
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