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Colosseum

Colosseum

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"The Colosseum is located at the lower end of the Roman Forum and is a landmark building in Rome. It was a place where gladiators fought for their lives, prisoners fought with hungry lions, and a great symbol of eternal Rome. Colosseum History The Colosseum was built on the original site of the splendid DumusAurea and was completed in AD 80. But with the decline of the Roman Empire in the 6th century AD, the Colosseum was gradually abandoned and overgrown. In the following years, the Colosseum was damaged by earthquakes many times, and it even became a source of stone and marble for builders. The Colosseum that is now presented to people has only the incomplete skeleton, but it can still glimpse the style of the day. From the outside, the Colosseum has four floors (including the underground), and only part of the ground floor and the second floor are currently open. On the first floor, you can clearly see the labyrinth-like buildings in the center of the Colosseum. The basements that used to be the Colosseum housed the beasts and gladiators who were going to duel. If you want to see the underground part up close, you need to be led by a guide. visit. The entire outer wall of the Colosseum is made of limestone, and each floor has 80 arches (vormitori), which can allow spectators to enter and take their seats quickly. The depressions on the second and third floors were once filled with marble statues. The top of the wall is dotted with windows and slender Corinthian pilasters, and there are 240 pilasters to support the canvas canopy that covers the Colosseum. These canvas canopies, which shield the audience from the scorching sun and sun, are now invisible. On the second floor, you can clearly see the internal structure of the entire Colosseum. You can clearly see that the entire interior of the Colosseum is divided into three parts: the arena, the auditorium and the podium. The arena had a sand-covered wooden floor to prevent the gladiators from falling and to absorb the blood that shed. The arena can also be flooded with water for simulated naval battles. The traps on the field lead to the basement and the tunnel below the arena. Animals in cages awaiting combat are lifted by a pulley mechanism and transported into the arena. The audience seats (cavea) are divided into three levels: the knights sit on the lower level, the wealthy citizens sit in the middle, and the commoners sit on the upper level. The slope in the stands is very large, so that the audience in each stand can clearly see the performance. The steps are relatively steep, so pay attention to safety when visiting. The passageway inside the stands is wide enough for two cars to be driven side by side. The podium is a wide terrace between the auditorium and the arena, reserved for monarchs, parliamentarians and important personalities. Most of the third and fourth floors of the Colosseum have collapsed, and the upper walls are decorated with small windows. Don't rush out at the end of the visit. There is a museum on the second floor of the Colosseum, which displays some of the statues and replicas preserved in the Colosseum. In addition, you can also see the restored model of the Colosseum, and you want to know more about it. Don't miss out on the history of the Colosseum. Viewing at night, the Colosseum under different lights of the day shows different tones, which is very beautiful. At present, night lights are installed in the Colosseum, which makes the Colosseum at night extraordinarily beautiful. Friends who like photography should not Forget about shooting at night. You can also choose to visit the Colosseum at night with a guided tour. Opposite the Colosseum is Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum. You can also visit if you are interested."
Roman Forum

Roman Forum

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0.9 mi from selected area
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"The Roman Forum was built in the 7th century BC and is the oldest of the many squares in Rome. Originally an Etruscan burial site, it later became a place of law, administration, commerce and religion in ancient Rome. The main attractions are the Senate (Curia), the black marble (LapisNiger), the golden milestone (Millarium Aureum), the ancient Roman pulpit (Rostrum), the Vista Virgin Convent (CasadelleVestali) and so on. The history of the square After the 4th century AD, the important position of the ancient Roman Forum was gradually lost, and it was once reduced to a pasture. It was not until the 18th century AD that people began to systematically excavate and protect the site of the square, which has continued to this day. Visit the Roman Forum with the Colosseum in the east, Palatine Hill in the south, and Capitoline Hill in the north. There are three entrances, which are located on the Via del Fori Imperiali at the statue of the she-wolf breast, on the Sacred Road (ViaSacra) opposite the Colosseum, and on the ViaForoRomano. When you see the Roman Forum, you may think that it is just a pile of marble blocks, with broken walls and ruins everywhere, but if you are more patient and careful, you will find that there is a lot of history here, which is very interesting. head. On the east side of the square, you can admire the remains of the Basilicadi Massenzio (Basilicai Massenzio, also known as the Constantine Hall), the Temple of Antony and Faustina (TempiodiAntoninoeFaustina), the Temple of Caesar (TempiodiDivusJulius), the Emilia Palace (BasilicaEmilia), Senate (Curia), black marble (LapisNiger), the ruins of the ancient Roman public forum (Rostrum) and other monuments. After visiting the buildings on the east side of the Roman Forum on the west side of the square, you can turn back along the sacred road and enjoy the scenery on the west side of the square. On the west side, you can admire the remains of the TempiodiCastorePollux, the foundation part left by the BasilicaGiulia. There is a gap on the right side of the Giulia Synagogue, which leads to the great sewer of ancient Rome. At the end of the road is the ancient Santa Maria Antigua, which is enclosed by a fence. There are very beautiful frescoes in it, dating back to the seventh and eighth centuries."
Piazza Navona

Piazza Navona

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Ranked #8 in Rome Can't-Miss Landmarks
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"Piazza Navona is adjacent to the Pantheon, where there are Baroque palace buildings, exquisite fountains, romantic cafes and other buildings. Three fountains The three fountains on the square are a must-see art work, completed by the sculptor Bernini in 1651, this white marble fountain is carved with four exquisite figures representing the Nile, Danube, Ganges and Ra Plata River. The obelisk placed over the crack of the building is a Roman imitation, and the names of Vespasian, Titus and Domitian are engraved in hieroglyphs on Egyptian granite . The other two fountains, the Poseidon Fountain and the Moorish Fountain, are located at the north and south ends of the square, respectively. The Moorish fountain was also designed by Bernini. The figure in the middle of the fountain is the god of the swamp. Pleasant to listen to. The buildings around the square are also beautiful, and there are many art treasures inside. Opposite the Four Rivers Fountain is the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone. The facade of the church was designed by the Baroque architect Borromini. The circular vaults and angel reliefs are beautiful. The authentic works of Raphael and Caravaggio are not to be missed. The San Luigidei Francesi on the north side of Piazza Navona is a gray and white marble building with brilliant gold inside and a collection of Caravaggio's "San Marco Picture", which can be called an artistic treasure. There is also a market on the square, with everything from vegetables, fruits, dried fruits and spices to handicrafts, and it is fun to walk around. If you are tired, you can go to the restaurants or cafes next to the square to have a full meal. All restaurants have open-air seats. When the weather is fine, you can enjoy Italian food on the open-air seats. In addition, there are several well-known ice cream shops in Piazza Navona. You might as well buy one and taste it, sit down on the stone steps around the square, watch the wonderful performances of street performers in the square, admire the beautiful buildings, and observe the artist's concentration. look... enjoy a leisurely Roman holiday."
Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo

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"The Fort Sant'Angelo was originally a family cemetery built by Emperor Hadrian. It was later converted into a papal fortress in the 6th century AD. It is said that in 590 AD, Pope Gregory saw an angel in the sky above the fort and named it the Holy Angel. Fort. Castel Sant'Angelo, located on the Tiber River, at the western end of the ancient Roman region, there are several bridges leading to the west bank of the Tiber River, the more important one is the bridge to the Castel Sant'Angelo (PonteSantaAngelo). When walking through the Pont Sant'Angelo, you may wish to take a closer look at the shape of the bridge and the various exquisite carvings on it. The bridge designed by Bernini can be said to be a masterpiece of Baroque decorative art, but only two of the angel statues on the bridge are made of The statue, sculpted by Bernini himself, has been moved to the church of Santa Adreadelle Fratte for proper preservation, and two replicas have been placed on the bridge. The history of Castel Sant'Angelo in the 2nd century AD, the Roman emperor Hadrian designed the Castel Sant'Angelo and personally directed its construction as the resting place for himself and his successors. Over the centuries, Castel Sant'Angelo has undergone a number of changes: first as a fortress to stop the Visigoths and Ostrogoths from invading, then as a prison, and later converted into a splendid papal palace. Now as a museum, in addition to the collection of stuccoes, frescoes and the residence furniture of the Pope, ancient weapons are also an important and precious collection here."
Piazza di Spagna

Piazza di Spagna

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"The Plaza de España once appeared in the movie "Roman Holiday" and became the name card of Rome that everyone knows. Hepburn's fresh and bright shadow seems to have been integrated with the Plaza de España and the beautiful Rome, and it has become a memory that people will never forget. Spanish Steps The entire Plaza de España is not large, and the crowd is mainly concentrated near the Spanish Steps. There are 138 steps in total, which are the widest steps in Europe. In the past, it was regarded as a play paradise by young people from all over the world. They could eat, drink, party, dance, play and sing on the steps and have fun day and night. Today it is one of the more popular sightseeing spots in Rome and one of the Romans' favorite date spots. However, you can no longer eat on the steps, posing for photos with ice cream is prohibited, and you are also not allowed to drink on the steps. At the same time, street performers are also not allowed to play guitar performances on the steps. The Holy Trinity Church walks up the steps and comes to the Holy Trinity Church on the mountain. From the pair of bell towers in the church, it can be seen that it is a Gothic building, which is different from the Baroque style that is more common in Rome. The luxurious and refined feel. Standing on the platform in front of the church, you can overlook the entire Plaza de España. In addition, the more famous scenic spot on the square is a Baroque art fountain in front of the steps, which is called the Broken Ship Fountain. The original fountain was small and inconspicuous, and because of the low water pressure, even the water in the fountain was tiny. The designer made a boat that was half-submerged in the pool outside the original fountain. The water from the fountain first flows into the broken ship, and then slowly overflows from the four sides of the ship. In addition, the entire fountain is almost as high as the street level, and it really feels like a leaking ship is about to sink into the ground. In "Roman Holiday", Hepburn is sitting on the steps next to the fountain, eating ice cream. Many tourists stand at the fountain and take their cameras up to take pictures, so that they can take a panoramic view of the Spanish Steps and the Holy Trinity Church. Shelley Memorial In addition to the above-mentioned three famous attractions, there were many artistic celebrities in the area of Plaza de España. The Keats Shelley Memorial is next to the Spanish Steps. The memorial hall displays their manuscripts, letters, photos and other rich materials, and is a must-see for literature lovers."
Borghese Gallery and Museum

Borghese Gallery and Museum

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"The Borghese Art Museum, formerly known as the Borghese Villa, is located in the Borghese Gardens and is known as one of the most beautiful art galleries in Rome, even in Italy. The museum is famous for its Italian Baroque-style sculptures and Renaissance paintings, and exhibits paintings by famous artists such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Botticelli and Raphael collected by the Cardinal. In addition to regular exhibitions, temporary exhibitions are also very colorful. However, the Borghese Art Museum has strict restrictions on the number of visitors, visits must be reserved in advance, and each visit is limited to 2 hours. The collections of the Borghese Art Museum on the first floor are divided into two parts: the first floor is a collection of excellent sculptures, intricate and exquisite Romanesque mosaic floors and breathtaking fresco art, and the second floor is a gallery. Photography and eating are not allowed in the museum. Stepping into the main entrance and looking down, the mosaic pattern on the foyer floor dates back to the 4th century, showing the scenes of ancient Roman gladiators fighting wild beasts. The frescoes on the ceiling are by Mariano Rossi, showing Romulus receiving an audience with the Roman gods. Hall 1 is one of the highlights of the Borghese Gallery, where you can admire Canova's marble statue of Napoleon's sister, which is very elegant, like Venus. Halls 2-4 display early sculptures by GianLorenzo Bernini, among them "David", "Apollo and Daphne" and "The Abduction of Pros Alpi" Na (TheRapeofProsepine) is very worth watching. Hall 5 displays some important classical sculptures, most of which are replicas made by the Romans based on Greek sculptures. Among them, Faun and Herma Phrodite are the highlights. Bernini's Aeneas and Anchises occupies the entirety of Hall 6, while Hall 7 is largely Egyptian-themed, with works by Conca on the ceiling depicting ancient Greece Allegorical, the statue of Isis dates back to the 2nd century. Hall 8 has several works by Caravaggio, including Boy with a Basket of Fruit, Sick Bacchus, David with the Head of Goliath ( DavidwiththeHeadofGoliath) and "John the Baptist" (StJohntheBaptist). The second floor gallery also has many Renaissance paintings, including Raphael's "Deposition", Pinturiccio's "The Passion of Saints Jerome and Christopher" (CrucifixionwithSaintsJeromeandChristopher), Corogio's "Danae" for Charles V of Spain, Lucas Caranaci's "Venus and Cupid with Honeycomb" (Venus and Cupid with Honeycomb), Sodom Pieta, Rubens' Susanna and the Elders, Titian's Venus Blindfolding Cupid and Sacred and Profane Love miss. The Borghese Art Museum is located in the Borghese Villa, which houses the sculptures, paintings and other treasures collected by the Red Patriarch of Borghese. You can admire Bernini's "Apollo and Daphne" and "The Rape of the Statue of Posippina", as well as Raphael's "Jesus Falling to the Cross" created in 1507, Titian's "Holy and Secular Love" "Wait."
Mouth of Truth

Mouth of Truth

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Ranked #8 in Rome Local History
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"The Mouth of Truth is a disc engraved with the head of the god of the sea. It stands on the wall at the end of the promenade outside the main entrance of the Church of Our Lady of Cosmedin. It is famous all over the world because of the movie "Roman Holiday". In fact, this is just a manhole cover from the ancient Roman era, which was discovered in 1632 next to the outer wall of the church where it is now. The mouth of truth legend This can be said to be one of the oldest lie detectors in the world. It is said that if a liar puts his hand into the "mouth of truth", his hand will be bitten off. Another saying is that as long as you put your hand into the "mouth of truth" and recite your lover's name seven times in your heart, if your hand is not bitten, it means that you are sincere to this love. Although the legend of sightseeing and shooting cannot be taken seriously, but now tourists come here, all lining up to stretch their hands into the "Mouth of Truth" to take pictures. Because there are too many tourists who come here, if you want to take pictures here, you often have to queue for a long time. Basically, each person can stay in front of the scenic spot for about a minute or two. It was originally an ancient Roman manhole cover found near the church, and the pattern on it may be the face of Triton, the son of Poseidon. Church of Our Lady of Cosmedin The building of the Church of Our Lady of Cosmedin itself was built in the 6th century, decorated with Colint columns and Byzantine-style mosaics, and is also worth seeing. In front of the church are the remains of the Temple of Fontenay, the oldest existing temple in Rome."