Ponte della Musica Rome

The Ponte della Musica (“Bridge of Music”) connects the Lungotevere Cadorno and the Foro Italico to the Piazza Gentile Da Fabriano and the Via Guido Reni (where the MAXXI 21st century art museum is located) in the Flaminio district of Rome.

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Ponte Milvio Rome

The Ponte Milvio is a bridge in the north of Rome, in the Della Vittoria district, connecting the Piazzale Cardinal Consalvi to the Piazzale di Ponte Milvio. It became famous when young Italian couples started attaching padlocks around its lampposts as a symbol of their love. What is not generally known is that without the Ponte Milvio the history of the world might have looked completely different.

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Ponte Duca d’Aosta Rome

The Ponte Duca D’Aosta in Rome is named after Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Aosta, a commander of the Italian troops during World War I, and connects the quartiere Flaminio to the Foro Italico. It was designed by the architect Vincenzo Fasolo.

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Mussolini Obelisk Rome

The Mussolini Obelisk is located on the Foro Italico, just south of Rome’s Olympic Stadium. The Obelisco Mussolini is also called the Monolite Dux and was created by Costantino Costantini in 1932.

Mussolini Obelisk Rome

Address and public transport

The address of the Mussolini Obelisk is Viale del Foro Italico – Rome. Public transport: Bus: 32.

History and description

Mussolini Obelisk Rome
The Mussolini Obelisk was raised in 1932.

It is right in the middle of the Piazza Lauro de Bosis, a square not unexpectedly characterized by mosaics exalting fascism and youth.

The obelisk was made after a number of industry leaders from Carrara gifted a huge marble monolith that was to be used for the creation of an obelisk dedicated to the former dictator.

The marble was donated in 1927, but it was not until Movember 4th 1932 that the inauguration took place. Both the extraction of the marble and its transportation to Rome turned out to be more difficult than expected. The last time obelisks were moved within Rome was in the 16th century, so nobody had any experience in this kind of task.

The enormous slab of marble was pulled to the coast by sixty couples of oxen. After that it was moved along the coast and up the river Tiber by means of a special boat .

A concrete structure was created in order to be able to finally pull the obelisk up into a standing position.

Although the obelisk in itself does not exceed 17m, its total height including the base and the upper part is over 36m.

Several people believed the shiny top part to be made of real gold. After the war many Romans tried to climb the obelisk only to find out that this gold consisted of no more than some glittery stones.

Piazza Lauro de Bosis – Rome

Olympic Stadium Rome

The Olympic Stadium in Rome (Stadio Olimpico) is the city’s biggest sports facility and, with a capacity of almost 73 thousand people, also one of the biggest in Europe. It is used for the home matches of the two Roman Serie A football teams, Roma and Lazio, for important athletics championships and, sometimes, for big name music concerts.

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Foro Italico Rome

The Foro Italico, formerly called the Foro Mussolini, is Rome‘s most impressive sports complex and is seen as a masterpiece of Fascist architecture. It was designed by Enrico Del Debbio and, at a later point, Luigi Moretti, who took their inspiration from the classical Roman Forum.

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Della Vittoria District Rome (Q. XV)

Della Vittoria is the name of Rome‘s 15th quartiere. It was one of the city’s first quartieri, though originally under the name Milvio. The name was officially changed in 1935. It is a fairly wealthy neighborhood, with the Olympic Stadium as its main attraction.

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