Monte Aventino

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  • Day15

    On strike!

    October 1, 2019 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Honestly could not walk another step so I am protesting right here with this bottle of wine... oh and him in doors! (The ruins are the Circo Massimo) chariot racing arena built in the 6th century BC and was the first and largest stadium built in Ancient Rome and is still used today. (Although the beast hunts have stopped!!) And in the 1980s they uncovered tiered seating and the starting gates but covered them up again to a depth of 9 m....Read more

  • Day26

    Heute: Rom bei Gewitter

    June 25, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Wie gut, dass wir das Auto haben. Eigentlich sollte es heute nach Tivoli gehen. Nicht den Freizeitpark, die Stadt bei Rom. Dort hatten die alten Römer ihre Sommerresidenzen, um der Gluthitze in Rom zu entfliehen.
    Aber: eine Recherche (ob der Hund in die Parkanlagen etc. mit rein darf) hat ergeben, das Montags alles geschlossen ist. Tada!!!

    Deswegen sightseeing by car, eine Runde ums Kolosseum rum, am Circus Maximus vorbei und noch allerlei Aussichtspunkte abfahren.

    Klas fährt eh inzwischen wie so'n alter Römer, is also gar kein Problem 😃
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  • Day49

    Bath: Royal Crescent or Diocletian?

    December 15, 2018 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    The Piazza della Repubblica impressed me for what is not there any more. It was formerly known as the Piazza dell'Esedra because it was laid down on the remains of an exedra (a semi-circular open room with seating) from the Diocletian era.
    Commissioned by the Emperor Diocletian in 298 AD, the baths were completed in 306 with a capacity of over 3,000 people. The whole complex took up 120,000 square meters and included a gymnasium, a library, and cold, hot and tepid public baths. Big.
    The Roman public baths remained open until 537, when the Goths cut off the aqueducts in an attempt to conquer Rome, whereupon they were taken over by bandits and courtesans until the Renaissance, when the grounds were bought by the French cardinal Jean du Bellay, who commissioned the construction of a beautiful villa and its gardens.
    So this large piazza occupies the space of the waiting room for the baths! On one side are the ruins of the baths, and the entrance to a church. On the other is a copy of the Royal Crescent in Bath, with the inevitable view of the Wedding cake in the distance.
    In the centre stands the majestic Fontana delle Naiadi, constructed between 1870 and 1888 and decorated with four lion sculptures. In 1901 the lions were replaced by the statues of four nude Naiads (water nymphs). Such blatant nudity shocked the citizens - for a while anyway.
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  • Day49

    Dan Brown was here

    December 15, 2018 in Italy ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    This is the real Priory of the Knights of Malta, at the intersection of via di S. Sabina and via di Porta Lavernale on the Aventine hill.
    Although the property has been in their hands for centuries, the site was originally a fortified palace belonging to Alberico II, the ruler of Rome from 932-954. Next it became a benedictine monastery before passing first into the hands of the Knights Templar in the 1100s, then finally to their brothers in arms, the Knights of Malta in the 1400s. As it holds extraterritorial status, it is not technically “Italy” within the walls.
    Peeping through the keyhole of the door is obligatory. Nobody knows whether it was by design or accident, but what the butler saw is unique in the world: two nation-states and one country.
    For centred in the image at the end of a straight garden path is the dome of St Peter's cathedral in the Vatican City.
    Unfortunately everything was closed so I could only have a sticky beak.
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