Rome’s Municipal Rose Garden (Roseto Comunale) is located on the Aventine Hill, in the Via di Valle Murcia and apart from (especially while the renowned competition is going on) being an interesting tourist attraction in its own right, it also offers a gorgeous view of a.o. the Palatine Hill and the Circus Maximus. It also hosts the Premio Roma, an extremely prestigious annual rose competition.Continue reading “Rose Garden Rome (Roseto Comunale)”
The Torre della Moletta is a medieval tower on the south side of what is left of the Circus Maximus in Rome. The tower was one of the properties of the Frangipane family. Francis of Assisi is said to have stayed there one day. Since 2017 the tower can be visited together with the excavations of the Circus Maximus.Continue reading “Torre della Moletta Rome”
It is a pity that it is not possible anymore to view Rome‘s Circus Maximus in all its splendor, since it is probably the biggest venue of all time with a width of 140 meters and a length of around 600 meters. The Circus Maximus is best known from the chariot races in the famous film “Ben Hur”. Continue reading “Circus Maximus Rome”
The Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden) is considered to be one of the most beautiful and romantic places in Rome. The official name of this gorgeous garden is Parco Savello, but Romans hardly ever call it by that name. Its biggest attraction, apart from the orange trees, is the magnificent view of the city it offers.Continue reading “Orange Garden Rome”
The Santa Sabina all’Aventino Church in Rome was founded between 422 and 432 by a priest called Pietro di Illiria. It is considered to be the city‘s best examples of a 5th century Christian basilica. Continue reading “Santa Sabina all’Aventino Church Rome”
The Church of the Santi Bonifacio and Alessio is located near the more famous Church of Santa Sabina at the Aventine Hill in Rome. The basilica was probably built between the 3rd and 4th century, but was restored several times. The crypt underneath the church hosts the relics of Thomas Becket. Continue reading “Santi Bonifacio and Alessio Church Rome”
The Church of Saint Bartholomew on the Island (San Bartolomeo all’Isola, in Italian), is, as the name indicates, located on the Island in the Tiber in the Ripa district of Rome. Continue reading “Saint Bartholomew on the Island Church Rome”
The Forum Olitorium (or Holitorium) was that part of ancient Rome where the vegetable market used to be held. The exact position was a small square between the Theater of Marcellus, the old harbour on the Tiber and the Capitol Hill. Nowadays the registry office of Rome has its seat there. Continue reading “Forum Holitorium Rome”
Ponte Fabricio Rome
It was built in the year 62 BC by Lucius Fabricius, the “caretaker of roads”, as can be read on inscription in red letters on both sides of the bridge’s travertino marble arches. Fabricio’s bridge was made from blocks of tufa, a typical Roman kind of clay, and replaced the original wooden version that had existed since 192 BC.
The Ponte Fabricio has also been known as the Ponte dei Quattro Capi (because of the two marble pillars with the two-faced God Janus) or the Pons Judaeorum (from the time when the Jewish community in Rome was forced to move into what is now known as the Ghetto).
The Pons Fabricius is almost 60m long and almost 6m wide. It consists of two big arches. Two smaller arches close to each bank are now underground and cannot be seen anymore.