All Roads Lead To Rome

4 Sep

Area Sacra Di Largo Argentina, the very place where Caesar was murdered.

It doesn’t take much to get captivated by Rome. It has everything: history, art, good food, climate… so much to see!

These are some of the random and interesting facts we learned on this trip:

Pantheon, “Temple Of The Gods”

This huge dome is made of concrete with no steel reinforcing and it was built almost 2,000 years ago. The Oculus projects a beam of light on the walls and allows rain to collect in the center of the floor to cool the building through the summer.   Some researchers suggest that magnificent Pantheon was a used as a giant sundial.

Colosseum At Night

This striking amphitheater got it’s name from the Colossus of Nero statue that was close by.  The building comes alive at night, lit up by bright lights.  We witnessed a golden glow that night (instead of a white glow) – somewhere in the world the death penalty has been eradicated.

The Gallery of Maps

The world-famous Vatican museums extend over 14 kilometers. It is believed that it would take 4 years to complete the entire museums route if a person spend simply 1 minute marveling at each painting!

Stray cats form colonies in the ancient ruins of Rome. The cats living in the Colosseum, the Forum and Torre Argentina are part of the city “bio-heritage” and are protected by law.  In ancient times, cats were highly valued for defending people against rodent-borne diseases (i.e, the plague).  Rome’s cats are fed, receive medical attention and are spayed or neutered.

The fountain outside of our building on Via Nicolo V.

When in Rome, do as Romans do 🙂 We saved some euros by refilling our water bottles at Rome’s drinking water fountains, called “nasone” (big nose).  Some of them date back to ancient times!  Rome’s water supply comes from the underground springs and it’s icy-cold, fresh and free!

Trevi Fountain At Night

The original tale says that if you throw a coin into the Trevi – with your back to the fountain, throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder – that will guarantee a come back to Rome.  Hope it true and there will be many happy returns!

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5 Responses to “All Roads Lead To Rome”

  1. Esenga' s Voice November 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Familiar places 🙂 ….wonderful photos!

  2. Boomdeeadda January 8, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    I really loved all your photo’s. I didn’t know this about the cats…I love it. We also visited Rome, 2008. I loved every minute of it. I was in awe of the history and beauty. I hope I can visit again someday. Lucky you, it hardly seemed busy at the fountain on the day you made your wish….we also made a wish and threw a coin, along with about 1,000 other visitors, LOL

    • The Kat and The Falling Leaves January 8, 2013 at 8:06 pm #

      I went to the Trevi Fountain around 2 am that’s why there weren’t that many people. I loved Rome too!

      • Boomdeeadda January 8, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

        LOL, well that was good thinking…thanks for the tip. We were with 30 others and everything was scheduled and escorted. We actually had a great time and met a bunch of fantastic people from all over…the Aussies and Kiwi’s were a riot.

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