Things to see in Rome
Santa Maria in Trastevere.is one of Rome's oldest churches and believed to be the first church in Rome dedicated to the Virgen Mary. It originally dates from the late third to early fourth century but was rebuilt in the twelfth century. The church is famous for a Byzantine mosaic behind the altar and a number of 13th century mosaics. The piazza has a beautiful octagonal fountain.
Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome
In late summer 2010 (August) for the first time in over 2,000 years, one of the underground corridors where the gladiators prepared for battle was opened to those on formal tours. Unfortunately, the underground area is subject to flooding and is often closed to protect the safety of the visitors. Also opened to the public was the Attic or top viewing level of the stadium, which provides a panoramic view of the Colosseum.
The Colosseum, Rome
Skull Mosaic from Pompeii. 30 B.C. — 14 A.D. Mosaic Collection Naples of the Naples, National Archaeological Museum. The mosaic represents the Wheel of Fortune and reversal of fortune. When turned it can make the rich (symbolized by the purple cloth on the left) poor and the poor (symbolized by the goat right) rich. It also marks precariousness, death lurks in every age, and life is hanging by a thread: if it breaks, it flies from the soul (symbolized by the butterfly), making all equal.
Vatican city (Citta del Vaticano), the papal residence, was built over the tomb of Saint Peter. The Vatican's position as a sovereign state within a state was quaranteed by the Lateran Treaty of 1929, marked by the building of a new road, the Via della Conciliazione. This leads from huge St Peter's basilica to Castel Sant' Angelo, a monument to a far grimmer past.
Angel of Grief, Protestant Cemetery in Rome
Notable Graves | Non-Catholic Cemetery
Located in the EUR neighbourhood of Rome, the Palazzo della Civilta' Romana is nicknamed the Colosseo Quadrato (Square Colosseum) for its resemblance to the most famous of ancient Roman monuments
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The Trevi Fountain in Italy
While there's not much left of the Circus Maximus, it looks like a lovely park for a picnic lunch. Lazing around in the very locale where chariots used to race sounds intriguing.