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Rome Guide: Foro Romano

The Roman Forum, located between the Colosseum and the Tiber island, was the very heart of ancient Rome during the Republican and Imperial periods. The area was drained in the 7th century B.C. and soon became the central location for political, judicial, economical and religious life in the city of Rome. Today the Roman Forum appears as a wide expanse ...

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Rome Guide: Capitoline Museums

The Capitoline Museums are a set of archaeological museums housed in three Palaces overlooking Piazza del Campidoglio, in Rome. The Palaces are: Palazzo Senatorio, Palazzo dei Conservatori, Palazzo Nuovo, built in different centuries but each according to Michelangelo Buonarroti’s designs, who conceived an overall plan for the Square. Inaugurated in 1734, the Capitoline Museums were the first museums in the ...

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Madame Butterfly in Rome

Madame Butterfly is on the stages. One of the greatest masterpieces by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini is going to be performed at two major theatres in Rome: the Opera House, from Tuesday the 18th, to Friday the 28th of May, and the Teatro Flaiano, from Tuesday the 21st of May to Tuesday the 11th of June. This vibrant and touching ...

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Rome Guide: Castel Sant Angelo

The Castel Sant Angelo is a building situated on the right bank of the Tiber at a short distance to Vatican City, in Rome. It takes the name after the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who ordered the building of his mausoleum and the Pons Aelius (a bridge over the Tiber), some time between 135 AD and 139 AD. The tombs of Hadrian ...

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Rome Guide: Testaccio

Testaccio is a district in Rome situated between the Tiber river and the Aurelian Walls, south-east to Circus Maximus. It takes the name after Monte Testaccio, a 30 metres high mound, made up of rubbles – especially amphoras – which came from the ancient Emporium port on the Tiber and piled up over the centuries. Nowadays, the amphora has become ...

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Caravaggio Exhibition in Rome 2010

On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio in 1610, Rome hosts a collection of his major paintings in the exhibition that takes his name “Caravaggio”, on view at the Scuderie del Quirinale from February the 20th to June the 13th. The artworks spans Caravaggio 18-year career, but rather than put in chronological ...

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