The first day after my arrival in Rome started with heavy rainfall and therefore no people wanted to undertake the Illuminati-tour. And I lacked motivation to do it on my own because of the bad weather. So I just organized a city map at the hotel reception and went straight to Circus Maximus which I found a good spot to start. The first day brought me to following historical places:
- Circo Massimo
- Arco di Constantino
- Foro di Nerva
- Foro Traiano
- Monumento Vittorio Emanuele II
- Fontana di Trevi
(You can combine Palatino, Foro Romano and Colosseo with the same ticket [cost for adults: 12 euro], and the ticket is valid on two days).
The Circus Maximus is an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium and mass entertainment venue located in Rome, Italy. Situated in the valley between the Aventine and Palatine hills, it was the first and largest stadium in ancient Rome and its later Empire.
The Palatine Hill is one of Rome’s Seven Hills and its centermost. It is also one of the most ancient parts of the city. Rome has its origins on the Palatine. Indeed, recent excavations show that people have lived there since approximately 1000 BC. Palantino stands 40 metres above the Forum Romanum, looking down upon it on one side, and upon the Circus Maximus on the other.
The Forum Romanum was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city’s great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history.
Arco di Constantino
The Arch of Constantine is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I’s victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium; Italian: Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo) is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and stone, it was the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. It is the largest amphitheatre in the world.
Foro di Nerva
The Forum of Nerva was the fourth and smallest of the imperial fora. Its construction was started by Emperor Domitian before the year 85 AD, but officially completed and opened by his successor, Nerva, in 97 AD, hence its official name.
Trajan’s forum was built on the order of the emperor Trajan with the spoils of war from the conquest of Dacia, which ended in 106. The Fasti Ostienses state that the Forum was inaugurated in 112, while Trajan’s Column was erected and then inaugurated in 113.
Monumento Vittorio Emanuele II
The Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) also known as the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or “Il Vittoriano” is a controversial monument built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy.
Fontana di Trevi
Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres high and 49.15 metres wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world
- Source: All the short descriptions above were taken from Wikipedia on May 9, 2014.
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