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You are in Rome, but you don’t have much time. You’re curious about the city, but have no desire to leaf through pages of the guidebook.
No problem. We’ve got it covered. Don’t worry, just download and listen to GuidaTour, the perfect audio tour guide for “audio–walks” around the attractions of this city, which was defined two thousand years ago as the caput mundi, the “centre of the world”, capital of all the lands of the ancient Mediterranean. Today, right now, you know that you are in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. And you will see that, with our simple and intuitive itineraries, we can take you to the most famous places that best represent the city’s history. Indeed, from the capital of a small state made up of shepherds, farmers and warriors, Rome became the centre of an empire for almost a millennium, and later the capital of the Papal State before finally becoming capital of the Italian Republic. There is no corner of this city – of almost three million inhabitants – that fails to surprise us with the coexistence of Ancient, Medieval, Baroque, Renaissance, 20th-century and Contemporary art styles: parks, exhibitions, museums, monuments, history and legends, signs from the past, some on display and open to visitors, others objects of sensational discoveries not yet open to all, such as the Domus Aurea, the luxurious home of the Emperor Nero. Like all metropolises, the city certainly faces its share of urban challenges: traffic, pollution and suburban degradation. However, none of this can detract from the city’s charm, which can be experienced on every visit, in every potential discovery you make, every moment of awe. Follow our itineraries, visit our destinations, be guided by our voices and you will see how exhilarating it can be: you will never forget the Forums, the Colosseum, Piazza Navona, Palazzo Venezia, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Saint Peter’s Basilica and the Trinità dei Monti!
- Pantheon and Piazza della Rotonda
- Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
- Navona’s Square and the surrounding area
- Piazza Navona’s buildings
- Arch of Constatine and Meta Sudans
- The Forums, Roman Forum and Imperial Fora
- Piazza Venezia and Vittoriano
- The Campidoglio
- The Campidoglio during the Medieval and Modern Periods
The name of this temple, built in Latin age, means ‘temple of all gods’, and it was thus dedicated to all the time’s divinities. Its first construction was carried out around the 25 year B.C. The edifice you can see at present was completed a number of centuries later, and ultimate in the 125 A.D. by the emperor Adrian. On the 13th of May 609, the Pope Boniface IV consecrated the temple, rendering it a Christian church dedicated to the Martyr’s Madonna that was S. Maria ad Martyres.
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II is one of the city’s recent roads, built after 1870, year in which Rome was added to the Italian kingdom. The streets of the city centre have always had the characteristic of not being too wide. This is due to the fact that the old buildings were built very close to one another, divided only by narrow alleys. Walking along the Corso means to explore the prestigious residencies of the ancient roman nobility.
One of the most beautiful squares in Rome, occupies the area where the emperor Domitian’s stadium was located, which is also known as “Circus Agonalis”(Agonal Circus), dedicated to athletic contests such as running, boxing and wrestling. The stadium measured 275 meters long and 106 meters wide, being able to host 30,000 spectators.
Piazza Navona’s palaces are full of history and particular stories: Many important statues are in fact preserved, for example, inside Palazzo Lancellotti, such statues as “the Charlemagne” and the famous “Minerva Lancellotti”. The tradition wants that another statue was located in the palace, a statue of which the prince was very jealous, covering it with a tablecloth, as he didn’t want to show it to his guests. It seems that the famous poet Goethe, during his stay in Rome, in 1786, disguised himself to admire it, but he was unmasked and kicked out from the households of the building.
The name Colosseum is the popular name given in medieval age to this amphitheatre because of a colossal bronze statue portraying Nero. The statue was about 35 meters high and it was located nearby the Colosseum; the statue’s remains were demolished in 1936 during the construction of Via dell’Impero, called now Via dei Fori Imperiali.
The Arch of Constantine celebrates the victorious battle of Ponte Milvio in 312 AD, when his rival Maxentius, self-appointed emperor, was defeated. The tradition recalls one of the event of this battle: the apparition in a dream to Constantine of a motto, on the eve of the clash, which said “In Hoc Signo Vinces”, and which means “In this sign thou shalt conquer” with a flaming cross emphasizing an alleged Christianity conversion of the emperor Costantine.
Introduction: The latin word forum, or foro in Italian, indicated the square, the space dedicated to the political and social life of Rome’s citizens of. We often talk about the Roman Forum indicating the entire cycle of Rome history, but we have to talk in reality, about two different Forums: Roman Forum and Imperial Fora (Fori Imperiali in Italian), as although they shared the same physical space, they have been developed in two different times, representing two different cultural systems and different policy: the Roman Republic and the Imperial Rome.
If you want to know how Piazza Venezia was before 1885, you should refer to the painter Roesler Franz, who represented the square in its smallest details. In his paintings you will see the square with palaces, churches and houses with medieval and Renaissance architecture and aesthetics, which were demolished or moved to make space for the monument in honour of the King of Italy Vittorio Emanuele II.
Not only the Romans, did not love this solution, but also those who cherished Rome’s beauty, which lost forever a piece of history and identity.
Mons Capitolium or Monte Capitolino or the Campidoglio is one of Rome’s seven hills. Mons Capitolium is the lowest, only 45 meters high, and less extensive of the seven hills, but it is the richest in monuments and the most linked to the city historical events.
With the Christian religion’s advent and the relocation of the Empire’s capital to Constantinople in 330 AD, the Campidoglio had already started loosing much of its public ceremonies functions. Its decline was also due to the many barbarian sackings over the years, and perhaps, the choice to establish the bishop of Rome’s residence at the Lateran Palace, built under the emperor Constantine.