Thursday, January 1, 2009

Italy - Rome

The capital of Italy is a major tourist destination. Rome is situated on the banks of the River Tiber. Rome has a population of over three and a half million.
The Capitol has remained the nucleus of Roman life for thousands of years.
Piazza Venezia (takes ist name from the Palazzo Venezia) is the traffic-heart of Rome.
The Victor Emmanuel Monument was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi
Colosseum, one of the greatest marvels of the Roman civilization. The amphitheatre was begun by Vespasian in A.D. 72.
Roman Forum. The monumental complex whose remains lie between the Capitol, the Imperial Forums, the Colosseum and the Palatine.
Palatine, historic roman hill. The patrician families lived on the Palatine.
Fontana di Trevi. It is the facade of a large palace decorated with statues.
Pantheon is the most perfect of all classical monuments in Rome.
Piazza Navona occupies the place of the Stadium of Domitian, three magnificent fountains.
Terme di Caracalla. The ruins of ancient Rome's public bathhouse, dating back to the 3rd century.
St. Angel's Castle. Former Mausoleum of Hadrian, later used as a fortress.
Vatican State: Independent papal state enclosed by Rome. The Vatican has been the residence of the popes since 1377. St. Peter's Square is by far largest in Rome. The colonnade is the finest work of Bernini. Greatest church of Christianity: St. Peter's.

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