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Palazzo Madama - seat of the Italian Senate in Rome - Italy

Palazzo Madama - seat of the Italian Senate in Rome - Italy

The Pantheon - Rome, Italy

The Pantheon - Rome, Italy

Constructed by the emperor-architect Hadrian between 118 and 128 AD. The pronaos, the inner area of the portico of a Roman temple, situated between the colonnade, with its sixteen columns forms the enlargement of the rotunda and the dome, the largest existing one built in brickwork today.

In 608 AD The Roman Emperor Foca handed The Pantheon over to Pope Boniface IV who consecrated it as a catholic church: Sancta Maria ad Martyres, a masterpiece of the Roman architecture and first example of pagan temple transformed into catholic church.

The altar of The Pantheon - Rome, Italy

The Dome structure of The Pantheon - Rome, Italy

Villa Borghese - Italy, Rome

Built in 1613 by the Cardinal Scipione Borghese, nephew of Pope Paul V, to receive the Roman society and to delight his friends with a splendid collection of precious works of art, ancient pieces discovered in Rome or modern ones commissioned to famous artists of the time.

National Gallery of Modern Art - Rome, Italy

The National Gallery of Modern Art includes works of Balla, Morandi, Pirandello, Carrà, De Chirico, De Pisis, Guttuso, Fontana, Burri, Mastroianni, Turcato, Kandisky, Cézanne, etc.

Trevi Fountain - Rome, Italy

The Trevi fountain was originally designed to show off the aqueduct of the Acqua Vergine built by Marco Vipsiano Agrippa in 19 BC. to supply water to the thermal baths which he built close to the Pantheon.

Pope Clement XII decided to have a new fountain.  His aim was to supply Rome with as much drinking water as possible and at the same time to give to the city a grandiose work of art. The construction of the Trevi fountain lasted 23 years and forms the east wing of the Poli Palace.

Crowds of tourists at The Trevi Fountain - Rome, Italy

Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi) - Rome, Italy

Piazza Venezia - Venice Palace by night

Rome, Italy - The Colosseum

Rome, Italy - The Colosseum

The Arch of Titus (Arcus Titi) is a triumphal arch that commemorates the victory of the emperors Vespasian and Titus in Judea in 70 AD,  and the triumphal procession the two held in Rome in 71 CE. It is situated at the eastern entrance to the Forum Romanum, on the Via Sacra, south of the Temple of Amor and Roma, close to the Colosseum.

Via Sacra Rome, Italy - The Colosseum

The Via Sacra, the Sacred Road, connected some of the most important religious sites in the Forum Romanum, stretching from the summit of the Capitoline Hill to the area of the Colosseum.

Rome, Italy - The Colosseum

Rome, Italy - Inside the The Colosseum

Rome, Italy - The Colosseum

Rome, Italy - The Colosseum

Santa Maria del Popolo  

One of the first Renaissance churches Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome, Italy - commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere in 1492. Bramante and Bernini designed much of this church which contains superlative frescoes by Pinturicchio and two masterpieces by Caravaggio.

Ecce Homo
Santa Maria del Popolo  

Santa Maria del Popolo  

Santa Maria del Popolo  

Obelisk of Piazza del Popolo, Rome - Italy

The obelisk was originally erected at Heliopolis, in Egypt, in 1300 B.C. It was one of the first to be brought to Rome, in the time of Augustus, and stood in the Circus Maximus.

Sixtus V decided to put it in front of Santa Maria del Popolo. It was to be the first obelisk seen by pilgrims arriving in Rome from the North along the Via Flaminia.

Piazza del Popolo, Rome - Italy

The focal point of the three streets fanning out from Piazza del Popolo: Via del Babuino, Via del Corso and Via Ripetta

The gelati is wonderful - tell that to the birds!


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