Trajan’s Market Rome

Trajan’s Market (in Italian: Mercati di Traiano) was a complex of buildings (mostly offices, but also shops) in the times of the Roman Empire. It was located on a vast area on the slopes of the Quirinal Hill in Rome, much vaster than can presently be seen, since modern buildings have been constructed on top of its grounds. Its top terrace is mostly taken up by a big rectangular building, possibly a warehouse, which today is used as the Museo dei Fori Imperiali.

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Villa of Livia at Prima Porta Rome

Rome‘s Villa of Livia is also known under the name Villa di Primaporta. Livia Drusilla was the wife of Emperor August. The first excavations took place in 1863 and one of the first finds was the statue now known as the Prima Porta Augustus, which can be seen in the Vatican Museums. Until 1973 the villa was private property. After that it was appropriated and the city made it into a public park. Restorations of the surviving buildings started in 1982.

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