When In Rome

OH ROME-O

Rome: Rome is Italy’s Capital City, a sprawling cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Amazing ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. Vatican City, headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

A Must See:

The Trevi Fountain- The Facts:  the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.

Legend holds that in 19 BC thirsty Roman soldiers were guided by a young girl to a source of pure water thirteen kilometers from the city of Rome. The discovery of the source led Augustus to commission the construction of a twenty-two kilometer aqueduct leading into the city, which was named Aqua Virgo, or Virgin Waters, in honor of the legendary young girl. The aqueduct served the hot Baths of Agrippa, and Rome, for over four hundred years.

What is this coin throwing business ?: A big tradition when you visit the Trevi Fountain is to thrown coins into the water , and no not like a baseball throw ……Coins are meant to be thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder.  I was told is was meant to be good luck for love, but many people say that its a promise that you will come back to Rome. I done the whole Coin throwing business and I’m still yet to marry johnny Depp so……..An estimated 3,000 Euros are thrown into the fountain each day. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome’s needy; however, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain (bas–tards). I would definitly recommend a trip to the foundation.

The Coliseum – The Facts: The Colosseum or Coliseum (no idea which way to spell it, so I’m covered), its also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. It is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome. Built of concrete and stone, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built and is considered one of the greatest works of architecture and engineering.

The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, and was used for gladiatorial contests (AWESOME) and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined because of damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions and has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church.The Colosseum is also depicted on the Italian version of the five-cent euro coin.

To my own disgust, i have never actually visited the Coliseum, we went on a trip and passed it on our coach! (this was when we attended trips), so yeah i was definitely gutted. BUT I WILL RETURN.

The Vatican – The Facts: Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, it is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. It’s home to the pope and a trove of iconic art and architecture.

That is basically it regarding the information on The Vatican. We stopped here on our trip, and i remember looking at it for 5 minutes and then standing by the statue in the middle eating chips, i was young …. so i said to the mother dear ‘ its okay if the popes not here, he’s old ill see the next one’ oooooppsss. A a child who loved history, i was a bit gutted, but i dunno why i expected him to come out to see me ! i would say its worth a visit, surrounded by such beauty and nothing i have seen is anything like that view and experience.

There is a lot more places to explore in Rome, but i did enjoy the experience. The only thing i wasn’t keen on was all the graffiti around the city, now i love graffiti art i think its great, but scribbles, nah your ruining it! 

NOW GO EXPLORE HISTORY FRIENDS, BLOGGERS AND GLADIATORS

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