Rome by helicopter
HELICOPTER TOUR - ROME
An experience you have to try comma to observe Rome from an amazing point of view, admiring its beauties, surrounded by the green countryside, the sea and the hills.
Visiting Rome by a tour by helicopter follows the visitors to discover the Eternal City from a new point of view.
The green countryside and eight little Counties, the sea of Ostia, the wonderful Castelli Romani and Villa Adriana; it's just Rome, but in a very unusual way.
Flying on Rome - the city you do not expect
Departing from Roma Urbe, the first destination is the Olympic Stadium. It is located inside of the Foro Italico, a complex designed by the architect Del Debbio, during the Fascist period, in 1932, reason why its name was Foro Mussolini. The travelers will be able to admire the amplitude of the stage, with its 70,000 seats, that hosted the XVII Olympic Games, in 1960.
You immediately see the Tiber and Ponte Milvio, built in 109 b.c. - at the time its name was Mulvius, from the family who ordered its construction. During the medieval times, it changed it's name into Ponte Mollo, because of the collapse of the central arch, lately substituted by wooden tables, trembling every time people passed on it. In any case, this famous bridge is famous for Massenzio defeat against emperor Costantino, following the discussion of the Christian religion in Western Europe.
Villa Ada is one of the biggest parks of the city. You recognize it not only for its surface or for the Neo-classic royal house, but also for the lake and it little island, where every year a music festival takes place. We are in the heart of Parioli, the district born at the beginning of 1900s, that during the Fascist regime became rich in four floors buildings with gardens, where the fascist leaders lived.
Villa Borghese, from 1700, astonishes for its rich vegetation around a little lake; in the middle of it, there is an artificial island hosting a Neo-classic temple. In addition to the zoo, the "casine" characterize the park: Casina delle Rose - theatre of cinema events - , Casina dell'Orologio in Piazza di Siena - built to house equestrian events -, and finally the Casina di Raffaello - once rising up in a mulberry garden.
The Altare della Patria, in Piazza Venezia, is the benchmark of flying people, together with the Colosseum and Saint Peter's Basilica. You can see it from a great distance, so white and similar to a typewriter, as Roman people call it. It was built destroying a medieval district, to honour the memory of king Vittorio Emanuele II. The works began in 1885, and finished 40 years later.
The colonnade and the Basilica are visible for their shape, similar to an ancient key. The Bernini, got was commissioned to design the area by Pope Alessandro VII, in a space bordered by almost 300 columns and about 100 pillars. On sunny days, flying on the Vatican you can distinguish the profiles of the 162 enormous statues of the saints that surround that decorate the balcony.
The flight touches the southern past of the city. Also this part has the sign of the Fascist period, showing how it changed the city. The EUR actually was Mussolini's precise request, made by the great architects of the time. Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana - also known as the Palazzo della Civiltà del Lavoro or simply the Colosseo Quadrato ("Square Colosseum") - stands out there. It is the symbol of the rationalist architecture, with its 6 lines of arches, each one with nine windows, symbolizing the number of letters of Mussolini's name and surname.
By helicopter on the Roman countryside and on the Colli Albani
Going on towards the east, here you are the Parco degli Acquedotti, where the tuff arches stand out the Roman countryside, once providing Rome with water. The entire area is rich in remains of the ancient Roman houses, and old pine trees.
On the East, leaving Rome on the back, you reach Castelli Romani, the suburbs, the little countries on the Colli Albani. This is a volcanic area created as a result of the collapse of the Vulcano Laziale. The lakes of Nemi and Albano - wonderful from the sky - are extinct volcanoes, hosting cities with the same names on their banks.
Going up towards the Monti Tiburtini, there is Villa Adriana, in Tivoli, the summer residence of the emperor, whose memories Marguerite Yourcenar told about. You can see the Canopo, a II century A.D. elliptic swimming pool, surrounded by statues and columns. You can admire also the Piazza d'oro, with the remains of the farmhouse and the Teatro marittimo, with a circular shape and ionic columns, mirroring themselves in the channel.
Giada - Verona
At the beginnig I had fear, I was sorry to have done this folly. Once in the air, you stop thinking and you just enjoy the panorama. We experienced the sunset in a completely new way. When I saw the sea, and the sun going down, I got touched. Rome takes the breath away, from any point of view. I suggest it to anybody.
Michele - Milan
Too short. That's the only cons I could find. I would have spent more time on board. I couldn't imagine Rome is so rich in green areas and water. The parks in the heart of the city, the countryside in the outskirts, the lakes of Nemi and Albano, the Ostia sea. Rome seems a city made of buildings, streets, and monuments only, but it is actually immersed in the nature. Extraordinary.
Vito - Montreal
It was the first time I had a tour by helicopter, but it really deserves an attempt. Somebody could surely say one thousand euros for 45 minutes is crazy. I answer that at least once in the life everybody should have the opportunity to make a similar travel. The Colosseum, the Vittoriano, the Foro...see them one after the other, after having visited them...by feet, is strange. It is an experience I really suggest.
Alba - Lugano
Watching Rome from the sky was a great experience. What you can do in days, maybe even weeks, we did it in about half an hour. Obviously each location deserve a visit, but the whole panorama makes you understand the cultural and natural richness of this extraordinary city. The number of parks and green areas astonished me. It is an aspect you don't imagine when you go around by feet. The greatest emotion I felt was watching Villa Adriana. I thought about the emperor and how extraordinary living in a place like this was.
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