Inspirational Rome

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Inspirational Rome
Counting almost three milennia of history, Rome is the world's most famous and unforgettables sites from ancient monuments and Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical urban developments, to  historic civic and religious buildings that its entire historic centre from within the ancient Aurelian walls is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage sites.  Incredible archaeological sites, iconic buildings, and exquisite artwork are part of an ever-evolving city whose culture also includes modern and contemporary art and archicture.

Photo by Larry Robinson
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    Dive into the Past
    Rome is a mesmerizing overlap of ancient and modern. The incredible Roman Forum has nearly 3000 years of walkable history from the city's humble beginnings and the heyday of the Empire to its Grand Tour revival- and even more incredible is that the 67-acre complex is just a small fraction of the entire Ancient City.  Down the road, the Flavian Amphitheatre, better known as the Colosseum, remains awe-inspiring some 2,000 years after it was built.
    Photo by Larry Robinson
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    Explore the Vatican Riches
    Vatican City is the papal residence and the world's smallest country, and home to Catholicism's emblematic church:  St. Peter’s Basilica, a superior example of Baroque architecture and believed burial site of St. Peter, and the world-renowned The Vatican Museums , a century-spanning art collection that includes the Sistine Chapel, decorated by artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Perugino, and Michelangelo.
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    Art of the Ages
    Rome is known as the Eternal City for its milennia-spanning history, as well as its vast network of museums and art collections, each sharing and promoting the city’s amazing culture. The multi-level Palazzo Massimo practically encapsulates the rise of Rome, from town to empire through antiquities, coins and in situ frescos, while La Galleria Nazionale covers the 19th century foundation of the Kingdom of Italy to the present day Italian Republic through paintings and sculpture. Catch up on the in between at  Galleria Borghese a stunning 17th-century collection of ancient statuary, Renaissance paintings, and Baroque sculpture.

    Photo by Juergen Ritterbach/age fotostock
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    Rome's Churches- Many Splendoured Thhings
    With more than 900 magnificent churches in Rome, there are many splendours to explore. The Basilica of San Clemente is a multi-faceted jewel, with gorgeous mosaics and paintings in ground level, and two subterreans levels to uncover.  Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, one of Rome's four major basilicas is also a true treasure trove of art. The large church is a gorgeous example of an Early Christian basilica:  a monumental structure divided into thirds by two great rows of columns marching up the nave, based on Ancient Rome civic buildings, with Cosmatesque marble floors, sculpture, mosaics, and even a Sistine Chapel of its own (not quite like St. Peter's).  Look up:  the gold on gilded, coffered ceiling is supposedly decorated with gold brought back from the New World by Christopher Columbus.  Across town, the ornate San Luigi dei Francesi, seat of the Cardinal of Paris, is a repleted decorated church wand home to Carvaggio' St. Matthew cycle- three masterpiece paintings by the 17th century artist.
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    Watch the World Go By
    Rome is an outdoor city, a place to see and be seen so park yourself in any piazza to soak in la dolce vita  Traditionally, the favorite place to catch a glimpse Roman daily life is Piazza di Spagna. Also known as the Spanish Steps, the hangout vibe started in the 17th century when artists meandered the square looking for potential models. Now Piazza di Spagna is magnet for shoppers and tourists.  Down the street, Ciampini is where you want to reserve a table for some quality people watching.  Or grab a seat at any of the caffes in Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere at sunset for a spectacular view of both the church and the entertainers.
    Photo by Andrea Wyner
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    Open-Air Masterpieces and Fabulous Fountains
    Masterpieces of every size decorate Rome's piazzas and streets, but it is the city's collection of fountains that set the stage.  Hands down, the most famous fountain is Trevi, an 86 x 161 foot sculpture featuring seagods, horse and tritons.  The largest fountain in the city, Trevi is scene-stealing, most notably from Fellini's La Dolce Vita. Also, larger than life is the monumental Fountain of Acqua Paola on the Gianiculum hill, fondly known as the Fontanone for its majestic size. Piazza Navona alone boasts three fountains- most importantly, the centerpiece Fountain of the Four Rivers.  For an intimate backdrop, head to the Fontana delle Tartarughe in Piazza Mattei.
    Photo by Andrea Wyner
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    Modern Rome means Street Art
    Since its very beginnings as a fledgling republic, Rome has been a hub for dynamic street art. Graffiti (scratchings) decorated all of Ancient Rome, and to this day, the city's show off basic tagging to gorgeous murals. Two neighborhoods in particular -  Quadraro and Garbatella - are colorful canvases for commissioned work by local and international artists such as Sten + Lex, Alice Pasquini, Gary Baseman, Jim Avignon, and Zio Ziegler.

    Photo by John Ross/age fotostock
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    Rome's Parks, as the Romans do
    When Rome residents need an escape from the chaos the city can create, they head to the local hills. Just north of the city center is Villa Borghese, a vast park oftened considered Rome’s green heart. Acres of soft lawn are perfect for midday lounging and the kilometers of gravel paths are ideal for a morning run or the afternoon passeggiata (walk). Across town in the Monterverde neighborhood is Rome's largest landscaped public park Villa Pamphili. Formerly a resplendent 17th century villa, the park is now state property where Romans come daily for picnics, jogs, cycling, dog walks, and relaxation. On the elegant Aventine Hill, near Circo Massimo, is the smaller and more intimate Giardini degli Aranci, a park with historic orange grove and perfect platform spot to watch a Roman sunset.

    Photo by Dan Fogarty
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    Descend into Rome's Subterranean
    Take a look around you: Rome is more than just what you see at its ground level.  Almost every building in the city rests on centuries of history, and it's the Eternal City's ancient subterranean sites that shed light on Rome's epic past.  For a bit of the old and older, explore the Basilica di San Clemente,  a church who ground level hides two subterraneans-  the original Medeival church atop a Roman domus. Perhaps the most epic underground is the Vatican Necropolis, also known as the
    Scavi (excavations), a labyrinthine underground with a 1st century AD necropolis, 5th century Christian burial area, and Vatican grotto.
    Photo by Mirko Milovanovic/age fotostock