#DolceVitaBloggers Linkup #2, January 2018 – ‘Favourite Italian City’
Can you guess where my favourite Italian city is from the picture above?
Well, if you guessed Rome, you are correct!
This photo was taken from Villa Borghese, the third largest park in Rome and a fabulous place to relax and take in the beauty of this eternal city.
Having family in Rome makes this city even more special and undeniably my favourite city in Italy. With fond memories of our departed Zio, proudly guiding us around his beloved home town, we gained a different insight into the background of this capital. It was an honor to accompany him, our own personal tour guide, through the famous streets of Rome, while he would meticulously relate the history and his connection to the City of the Seven Hills.
Exuding with history, Rome’s impressive architecture and ancient monuments, defines this city to its core. Step back and immerse yourself to another time and era. To a world of concrete amphitheaters, marble cathedrals and timeless ruins. This is the real Rome, the Rome I fell in love with the first time I visited, and will continue to love always.
So below, is a collection of some of Rome’s monuments and attractions that were presented to us through Zio’s eyes. Significant sites that we revisit when we return to Rome, and we know that Zio is there walking with us, every step of the way.
The Tiber River
The Spanish Steps, Piazza di Spagna
The momentous Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the world.
There is always time to visit The Pantheon. Nearly two thousand years old and originally built as a temple for all Gods. The eye of the Pantheon (the oculus), is the world’s single, largest dome constructed from concrete. It remains the burial site for many, including Raphael, the famous Italian painter and Vittorio Emmanuel II, the first King of unified Italy.
Colonna Antonina, Piazza Colonna
Arch of Constantine, Roman Forum
Piazza del Popolo
Piazza Venezia and Il Vittoriano. The grand marble monument of Il Vittoriano, is also nicknamed “the wedding cake” after it’s box like shape! It is located within the major intersection of Piazza Venezia, where four major Roman roads intersect, including Via dei Fori Imperiali and the famous shopping strip of Via del Corso. Piazza Venezia also houses Palazzo Venezia, a Renaissance palace, where Mussolini delivered all of his crucial speeches from his balcony to the masses of crowds in the Piazza during WWII…
The Glorious Trevi Fountain. Don’t forget to toss a coin, with your back turned to the fountain, over your left shoulder with your right hand, to ensure your return back to the Eternal City!
“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.”
Augustus, Roman Emperor
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