Saturday, April 29, 2006

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Another beatiful view...

Originally uploaded by lccaprichoso.
I hope you appreciate the beauty of this area...

Piazza del Popolo...

Originally uploaded by Nono Fotos.
This is Piazza del Popolo... probably most of you know it, but if youwant me to discuss it a bit... add a comment to this post...

A victim

Originally uploaded by caehl.
This guy didn't read posts from the daily trip to Rome blog... you can see what happened...

Life has a sense

Originally uploaded by caehl.
Life has a sense because of many things.. one of them is coffee...

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Via dei Condotti

Via dei Condotti
Originally uploaded by alborz_d92.
This was taken on the famous Via dei Condotti next to Piazza di Spagna, near the Spanish Steps.

Via Condotti

Originally uploaded by bradandhel.
Looking down Via Condotti from the Spanish Steps.... one of the best streets in Rome...

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Romantic... very romantic..

Originally uploaded by Nono Fotos.
Have you ever seen a more romantic place than this?

The Piramide

Originally uploaded by Nono Fotos.
Sorry guys... that's not Egipt... it's Rome... even Rome has got a piramide...

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Forum Roman

With the defeat of Antony and Cleopatra at Actium in 31 BC, Octavian, Caesar's adopted son and heir, was left undisputed ruler of Rome. Proclaimed Augustus four years later, he sought to build a capital worthy of the empire over which it ruled, boasting that he had "found Rome a city of brick and left it a city of marble." And, indeed, the Roman Forum essentially is Augustan: the Temples of Saturn, Concord, Castor and Pollux, Divine Julius, the Basilicas of Julia and Aemilia, the Curia and Rostra--all took their final form during his triumvirate and principate.

In AD 410, six years after the seat of imperial government had been removed to the safety of Ravenna, Rome was sacked by Alaric the Visigoth (one still can see green stains on the marble floor of the Basilica Aemilia where bronze coins had melted). In AD 455, Rome was plundered yet again, this time by Genseric the Vandal, who removed half the gilt-bronze tiles from the roof of the Temple of Jupiter, and then in AD 472 by Ricimer. Only a few years later, in AD 476, the last emperor was deposed and the Roman empire in the West ceased to exist. The temples, basilicas, and other monuments in the Forum eventually were abandoned and despoiled until even their names were forgotten. They were stripped of the lead and metal clamps that had joined them together, the stones reused, and the marble burned for lime to make cement. For hundreds of years, these depredations would continue until, eventually, the site would be known only as Campo Vaccino, the Cow Field.

Not until the nineteenth century would the name of the Forum Romanum be heard again.(source)

View from the Roman Forum

View from the Roman Forum
Originally uploaded by CalicoRabbit.

ponte sisto

ponte sisto
Originally uploaded by lawatt.

Views from the Victor Emmanuel Monument

Views from the Victor Emmanuel Monument

Forum Roman

Roman Forum
Originally uploaded by eheathers.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Piazza Navona, Rome

one of many pilfered obelisks in Rome This piazza is a marvel of light and sculpture. It is exceptionally long and owes its shape to the ruins that formed it, for under the buildings that surround Piazza Navona are the remains of the Circus Domitianus, Domitian's stadium -- a part of which can be seen if you leave the piazza by the north exit and turn left. The piazza marks the area for the races in the stadium. It features many fine old buildings, a beautiful church and three stunning fountains.
Originally uploaded by turkeyhead.

Piazza Navona, a small fountain...

At the northern end is the fontana di Nettuno (=Neptune), the basin of which was by Giacomo della Porta (1576) and the statues of Neptune and the Nereids were from last century. And at the southern end, the fontana del Moro (=Moor), which was also designed by Bernini and features the statue of a Moor fighting with a dolphin.

Piazza Navona
Originally uploaded by fernanda vieira.

Where Rivers Converge

Where Rivers Converge
Originally uploaded by Kenny Maths.
Another wonderful photo of Piazza Navona...

Bernini's Four Rivers Fountain at Night

About Bernini... "Bernini was a sculptor, painter and architect and a formative influence as an outstanding exponent of the Italian Baroque. He was an exceptional portrait artist and owes to his father his accomplished techniques in the handling of marble and also an impressive list of patrons that included the Borghese and the Barbarini families. Bernini originally worked in the Late Mannerist tradition but rejected the contrived tendencies of this style. By 1624 he had adopted an expression that was passionate and full of emotional and psychological energy. His figures are caught in a transient moment from a single viewpoint, bursting into the spectator's space. In 1644 such interpretation reaches maturity in his rendition of the vision and Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. The Spanish nun swoons in heavenly rapture at the point of an angel's arrow. The work is a prime example of Bernini's vision of a decorative whole combining different materials and colours within an architectural space. A succession of powerful patrons in Rome and in Paris assured his reputation as an entrepreneurial artist who captured the spirit of the Counter-Reformation. His extreme and intense characterizations have fallen in and out of favor but his Baroque legacy remains intact."

- From "The A-Z of Art: The World's Greatest and Most Popular Artists and Their Works", by Nicola Hodge and Libby Anson

Fountain, Navona Square

Piazza Navona is an extremely lively place with open air cafes around it. During the summer there are numerous artists who draw or paint members of the public for a fee. The place is crowded each day and there are often buskers and sometimes mimes to entertain. At Christmas time the piazza is filled with stalls selling figurines of all sizes and forms for cribs, so well into a frozen December night you can come here and see all the lights of the stalls and perhaps think about making your own crib. It's a child's delight. Fountain
Originally uploaded by socorro66.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Another photo of Appia Antica

Originally uploaded by ppetter.

appia antica general view

appia antica general view
Originally uploaded by antmoose.

The photo was taken in a rainy day... usually it is a very nice place to visit...

Via Appia antica

Via Appia antica
Originally uploaded by stain.
The Roman army depended for its success on the use of bases in which to prepare itself for battle and to refresh and requip itself after. Only bases allowed the Romans to keep large numbers in the field waiting for the opportunity to strike. In the late Roman republic they were masters of the art of supply. In the days of Appius Claudius, the censor, this art was not yet in their repertory (more).

Appia Antica

Appia Antica
Originally uploaded by Daniele Muscetta.
Built by Appius Claudius in 312 B.C., it was the first of the great highways inaugurated by Rome to bind her yoke on an already subjugated region. It marked the close of the long struggle with the Volscians, the dissolution of the Latin league and the subjugation of Campania. To pass along it even now, as we easily can in an automobile, or on a long-tailed horse, loping and Campagna bred, or in an antique diligence, is to see on either side nearly all the ancient sites that made the drama of earliest Roman history.

Monday, April 17, 2006

The Colosseum again by night..

The Colosseum, Rome
Originally uploaded by martin97uk.

The remains of the Colosseum is today one of the popular places that tourists go to Rome to see. In the days of ancient Rome, the oval shaped Colosseum was the largest arena in the world for public entertainment, seating 50,000 spectators with numbered tickets. It took 10 years to build. It was 4 storeys high, each with windows, arches and columns. There were 76 entrances on the ground floor. There were special entrances of the Emperor and for the gladiators who competed in the Colosseum.

When it was first built, the arena was filled with water and mock naval battles were enacted. However, this was not good for the floor or the foundations, and the water was drained away. Gladiatorial contests replaced the mock battles. These were fierce combats to the death involving men and wild animals.

Once people entered, they went up ramps to their seats. Seats varied according to how rich people were. Women and the poor stood or sat on wooden benches on the 4th floor.

One of the engineering marvels of the Colosseum was the coloured awning that could be spread overhead in hot weather.

The wooden flooring of the arena is now gone, and today we can see the rooms under the flooring where the gladiators and wild animals were kept waiting their contests.

Most shows in the Colosseum lasted all day. The morning events were comedies or animal shows, and the gladiator events were in the afternoon.

Thousands of men and animals were killed during the time these contests were held. The Colosseum's opening ceremony was in A.D 80, lasting 100 days. Gladiator contests were stopped by the Emperor Honorius in A.D 404, although animal combats continued for another hundred years.

Wild cats such as lions and leopards were captured by the thousand for animal contests. Often gladiators had to fight wild animals such as lions or leopards. The animals were starved for three days before the contest. The animal was pushed from a dark room into the blinding sunshine of the arena. If the animal killed the gladiator, it was then killed in another show by a man trained to kill wild animals.
Some animals were trained to do tricks in animal shows, but the vast majority died in the arena. It is estimated that over a million wild animals were killed in contests at the Colosseum. By the time the animal shows were stopped, entire species of animals had disappeared from their native habitats.(source)

The Colosseum...

Originally uploaded by Lagnese.

Colosseo by night

Colosseo (notturna)
Originally uploaded by Bianconcini.


Colosseo inside
Originally uploaded by unite.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Tiber river...

A nice photo of the Tiber river... it's a wonderful place isn't it?

It is probable that the name Tiber is pre-Latin, like the Roman name of Tibur (modern Tivoli). A mythic king Tiberinus, ninth in the legendary king-list of Alba Longa, was said to have drowned in the Albula river, which was subsequently renamed the Tiber. The myth may have explained a memory of an earlier pre-Indo-European name for the river, 'white' with sediment. Legend says Rome's founders, the twin brothers Romulus and Remus, were abandoned on its waters, where they were rescued by a she-wolf.

On the other hand, if the Etruscan name, Tiberius (Thefarie), is based on the name of the river, then the pre-Indo-European language would be Etruscan, and the name would be *Thefar. Whether this would mean "white" is unknown. The closest known Etruscan word to it is probably thafna, "cup." In any case it would be surprising if an Etruscan settlement, Ruma, in Etruscan territory, would not be situated on a river with an Etruscan name. This River is said to be the river on which the city of Rome was started (more).

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Some info... about Trevi fountain

The Fontana di Trevi or Trevi Fountain is the most famous and arguably the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome. This impressive monument dominates the small Trevi square located in the Quirinale district.Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain
Aqua Virgo
The Trevi fountain is at the ending part of the Aqua Virgo, an aqueduct constructed in 19 BC. It brings water all the way from the Salone Springs (approx 20km from Rome) and supplies the fountains in the historic center of Rome with water.

Construction of the Fountain
In 1732, Pope Clement XII commissioned Nicola Salvi to create a large fountain at the Trevi Square. A previous undertaking to build the fountain after a design by Bernini was halted a century earlier after the death of Pope Urban VIII. Salvi based his theatrical masterpiece on this design. Construction of the monumental baroque fountain was finally completed in 1762.

The Fountain
The central figure of the fountain, in front of a large niche, is Neptune, god of the sea. He is riding a chariot in the shape of a shell, pulled by two sea horses. Each sea horse is guided by a Triton. One of the horses is calm and obedient, the other one restive. They symbolize the fluctuating moods of the sea.
On the left hand side of Neptune is a statue representing Abundance, the statue on the right represents Salubrity. Above the sculptures are bas-reliefs, one of them shows Agrippa, the girl after Trevi Fountainwhom the aqueduct was named.

Tossing a Coin
The water at the bottom of the fountain represents the sea. Legend has it you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into the water. You should toss it over your shoulder with your back to the fountain.(source)

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain - Night

Fontana Di Trevi (Trevi Fountain)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A view of the square in Vatican

Originally uploaded by RachelTC.

The Vatican

Originally uploaded by RachelTC.
What is the Vatican?
It is a tiny sovereign state whose territory consists of a landlocked enclave within the city of Rome, Italy. The entire state is about 0.44 square kilometers (108.7 acres) and thus is a European microstate. Since it is governed by the Bishop of Rome (the Pope), its government can be described as ecclesiastical and the highest state functionaries are in fact clergymen. It is the smallest independent nation state in the world in terms of area and population (that is, if that of the Knights of Malta is not counted as a country). It is the sovereign territory of the Holy See (Latin:Sancta Sedes) and the location of the Apostolic Palace—the Pope's official residence—and the Roman Curia. Thus, although the principal ecclesiastical seat of the Holy See (Basilica of St. John Lateran) is located in Rome itself, the Vatican City can be said to be the governmental capital of the Roman Catholic Church of both East and West.(source)

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Another photo of il Vittoriano

This is once again the statue in front of the Vittoriano.

By the way do you know what il Vittoriano is exactly?
It's a monument entitled to Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoia, first king of Italy. The project started with G. Sacconi in 1885 and was completed in 1935. The "Altare della Patria" (the central part of the monument) opened in 1925. There was buried the Unknown Warrior, symbol of all people dead during First World War. The style of Vittoriano follows Greeks and Latin criteria.

Monday, April 10, 2006

A symbol of Risorgimento

A symbol of Risorgimento, the in front of the Vittoriano...

What does Risorgimento stand for?

Italian unification (called in Italian the Risorgimento, or "Resurgence") was the political and social process that unified disparate countries of the Italian peninsula into the single nation of Italy between the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.

It is difficult to pin down exact dates for the beginning and end of Italian reunification, but most scholars agree that it began with the Congress of Vienna in 1815 and the end of Napoleon's rule, and largely ended with the Franco-Prussian War in 1871, though the last irredented cities did not join the Kingdom of Italy until the Treaty of Saint-Germain after World War I.(find more)

A statue...from Galleria Borghese....

A beatiful statue found in Galleria Borghese...

Friday, April 07, 2006

Er Califfo from Rome

This is ER Califfo... one of the legendary singers of Rome... very well know everywere... even in Denmark...

Protestiamo all together...

You have probably heard about the elections that will take place in Italy in 2 days.. sometimes election turn out to be surprising... this blog is about Rome, but allow me to make a digression and show you a video from 2003 election... a candidate from Sicily who "protests"... if you don't speak italian you will still understand what he means... :)

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Forza Roma

A video dedicated to the best soccer team in the's not a matter of soccer... it's culture...

Italian style... la patatina...

Trip to Rome wants to talk about chips... and italian style...

A statue in the Musei Capitolini

This statue is just next to the statue of Marc Aurelius... the one we saw a couple of days ago...

Musei Capitolini

A wonderful statue in the groundfloor of the Musei Capitolini...

A view from a balcony

A view from a balcony in the city centre...

Art and architecture

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Saint Angel's Castle

That's Castel Sant' Angelo.. a very important place for the history of Rome and roman catholic church in particular...

Marc Aurelius is better then Ronaldo

That's a rare photo... this is the original monument of Marc Aurelius... do you think Marc Aurelius i better than Ronaldo? Why? That's the reason...

Marc Aurelius, was one of the five so-called 'Good Emperors' of ancient Rome. He was born in Rome and succeeded Antoninus Pius who had adopted him at the request of the emperor Hadrian.

This philosopher-king was a convinced Stoic, known for his fondeness of sharing power and willingness to forgive. But he was forced into endless military campaigns against Barbarian raiders from the East. As a writer his fame rests on his 'Meditations'. (more)

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Forza Roma...

You don't need to speak italian to understand the passion and the feelings of thousands of supporters.... close your eyes... open your heart.... Forza Roma...

If you speak italian

This is a funny video... you need to speak italian i order to understand it...

A video trip to Rome

A nice video... a short trip to ancient Rome...

Monday, April 03, 2006

be serious now..

Time to be serious now... no smile on your face please :)

Piazza Venezia

This is Piazza Venezia.. with the famous bar Brasil on the corner... you can meet there many interesting people including Er Piovra...

still in the centre

we are still in the centre of Rome... we are looking for new places to visit...

Let's continue the trip

Let's take a bus and go on... it's high time to see sth else...

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Happy days

Another sunny day in Rome... it makes you feel happy and smile...

Remote view of the forum

This phot was taken from a balcony... you can admire the forum...