Walking along the Imperial Rome centuries
HISTORY - ROME
A promenade along the most ancient beauties of the Eternal city. From Piazza del Campidoglio and the Foro Romano, to the Circo Massimo and the Aventino Hill, to conclude your walk in front of the symbol of Rome’s history: the Colosseum
The wonders of Piazza del Campidoglio are the unchallenged symbol of the Imperial Rome. The majestic Piazza del Campidoglio is situated on the Campidoglio Hill, and it was designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1534, but its plan was concluded by his successor Giacomo della Porta. Michelangelo had the worth of moving the orientation of the square towards the Basilica di San Pietro. Walking along the ways of the Italian capital, you reach Piazza del Campidoglio from Piazza Aracoeli; a majestic Cordonata starts there, a sort of stairs with two majestic Egyptian lions, opening towards the Campidoglio.
In the centre of Piazza del Campidoglio there is the equestrian golden bronze statue of Marco Aurelio; the original statue - currently stored in the Musei Capitolini, was replaced by a copy. In the square, there are some majestic buildings, such as the Palazzo Nuovo - where you can appreciate the extraordinary statue of Morforio -, Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Senatorio. Inside of them, there are the centres of the Musei Capitolini.
The Foro Romano
Going on walking along the Roman lanes, near Piazza del Campidoglio, you can admire the Fori Romani: an immense territory where, between 46 B.C. and 113 A.D., the Roman Emperors ordered the erection of buildings in the centre of the ancient city, where they used to manage the political, economical and religious activities. The Foro Romano is now an archaeological area on a huge territory surrounded by the Campidoglio, the Palatino, via dei Fori Imperiali and the Colosseum. In order to visit the wonders of the Foro Romano, it is possible to join a guided tour; remember that every the first Sunday of the month the entrance to monuments and museums is free for everybody. If you prefer to visit the Foro during the week, the ticket is 12 euros; from the 2nd January to the 15th February the visits will take place at the following times:
8:30am - 4:30pm from October to February;
8:30am - 5pm from the 16th March to the last Saturday of March;
8:30am - 7pm from the last Sunday of March to 31st August;
8:30 - 19:30 from the 1st September to the 30th September;
8:30am - 8:30pm from the 1st October to the 26th October.
The ticket office closes one hour before the attraction. The ticket includes the visit to the Palatino and the Colosseum, and it is valid for two days.
The Circo Massimo
Approximately 600 metres long and 140 metres wide, it is the greatest circus the man has ever erected, it can host until 250 thousand people, it was the centre dedicated to the horse races and the ancient Romans games, but also a commercial recreational centre. Palaces, columns and statues dedicated to the God Sun were built there. Today, the Circo Massimo - situated under the Palatino - is the place where musical events and sportspeople attract a large one amount of spectators, for events such as Laura Pausini and Tiziano Ferro's concerts. Inside, you can admire the bases of the Arco di Tito and the area of the Torre Moletta. Internal stairs reach the highest area of the Circo Massimo, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama. The legend tells in this centre the famous Rape of the Sabine took place.
The visit to the Circo Massimo is available from Tuesday to Friday, the reservation is mandatory only for groups - maximum 30 people. The reservation can be done calling the number 060608. On Saturdays and Sundays, the entrance is from 10am to the 4pm. On Mondays it is closed.
The cost of the ticket is 5 euros for nonresident and 4 for residents; reduced nonresident people 4 euros; reduced residents 3 euros.
The Colle Aventino
It is one of the seven hills where Rome was founded, the southest and hardest to be reached one among the seven hills. The Aventino Hill inspired numerous poets, such as Mazzini, D’annunzio and Carducci, thanks to its immeasurable beauties. Many students say the name of the hill comes from the "aves", the birds, as well as Remo chose this hill in order to sight them. During the roman monarchy, the Aventino was chosen as dwelling where the plebes began to build their residences; thanks to the closeness to the Tiber river this hill has always been famous for its popular and folkloristic character. During the imperial period, when the patrician families began to build to luxurious residences and elegant villas, the hill began to get better. By the centuries, the beauty of the Aventino Hill became more precious for the numerous churches, such as Chiesa di Santa Prisca and Santa Sabina and the basilicas of Santo Bonifacio and Sant'Alessio.
The Giardino degli Aranci is an evocative place, belonged to the Roman family of Savelli, and built in the modern ages. Walking inside of the garden is very pleasant, you get hugged by a well-being feeling, also thanks to the good smell of the fruits cultivated in the garden. On the top of the hill, you can admire the Villa del Gran Priorato di Malta, protagonist of mysterious, mythical and historical interlaces. Once there, you can't miss the hole of the lock of the main door, to enjoy the sight of the Cupola of San Pietro, from an evocative point of view. The Roseto Comunale on the Aventino is anther charming place, offering more than 1100 types of perfumed and colored roses, on May. The entrance to the Roseto in via Valle Murcia is free.
The symbol of Rome, the Colosseum
The extraordinary Colosseum is situated in the centre of the city of Rome; it is the largest amphitheater in the world, anciently known as Anphiteatrum Flavium. Its built began in 80 A.D. It unquestionably is the symbol of the ancient as the current Rome. In 1980, it was elected Patrimony of the Humanity by the Unesco, and in 2007, it became part of the new seven wonders of the world. It was the site of the gladiators’ fights. The Colosseum is open every day: 8:30am - 4:30pm from October to February; 8:30am - 5pm from the 16th March to the last Saturday of March; 8:30am - 7pm from the last Sunday of March to the 31st August; 8:30am - 7:30pm from the 1st to the 30th September; and from 8:30am - 6:30pm from the 1st to the 26th October. The price is 18 euros.
Armando - Milan
I often go to Rome for work, and during the free time, I love walking around Piazza del Campidoglio, it is a beautiful an historical square to see, indeed, its museums are instructive and interesting.
Paulo - Pisa
The Colosseum is indeed immense and extraordinary; I had never visited an enormous, exaustive place before, and the guide was very clear!
Carlo - Forlì
I visited the Foro Romano with my family: the path is a little bit long, but it is worth to visit it, even if a a little bit heavy for the children. It seems you are going back in time... a one of a kind sensation.
Francesca - Rome
I love my city, and I love to walk along the tree-lined avenues of the Roseto; I don’t miss the occasion of going around with friends, it is relaxing and pleasant.
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