Roman districts

Roman districts

Aventine Hill – a place of peace, harmony and spiritual enrichment

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Campo de’Fiori – a field full of flowers, bloodbaths, and market stalls

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Foro Italico – an enclave of the cult of Mussolini and his empire

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Forum of Augustus (Forum Augustum) – a complex in his own honor and that of religion

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Forum Boarium – an ancient place of trade and cult

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Forum of Caesar (Forum Iulium) – discreet ambitions of a dictator, meaning a square in his own honor

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Forum of Nerva – an unfinished work of a condemned emperor

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Catacombs of St. Agnes – burial in the shadow of a famous martyr

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Small Aventine – in search of ancient and early Christian Rome

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Piazza del Popolo – the calling card of the city: a prestigious, elegant and representative location

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Piazza della Madonna dei Monti – a place not for tourists, picturesque and lively

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Piazza della Rotonda – the tribulation of popes, a square cleaned for centuries

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Piazza di San Pietro – an ingenious idea of two visionaries

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Piazza Navona – from a stadium to a representative salon of the pope

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Piazza Venezia – the vibrant heart of Rome

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Via dei Fori Imperiali – an axis with political and ideological roots

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Via della Conciliazione – a road to reconciliation, and at the same time the beginning of a new era for the Church

Campo de’Fiori – a field full of flowers, bloodbaths, and market stalls

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Campo de’Fiori – a field full of flowers, bloodbaths, and market stalls

Field of Flowers (Campo de’Fiori), since that is the translation of the name, in ancient times was part of a complex devoted to Venus Victrix. The famous Theatre of Pompey was also nearby. However, during the Christian Middle Ages, this land was simply filled with ruins of old pagan buildings, garbage, and earth, where, in time grass and flowers began springing up. In the spring the square turned into a multi-colored meadow and vegetable plots, while during the remaining seasons it was reminiscent of a dusty, grass-covered earthen floor.

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Tullia d’Aragona (1508? – 1556) – the queen of literary salons

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Tullia d’Aragona (1508? – 1556) – the queen of literary salons

She had beautiful eyes, an exceptional intellect, musical talent, and eloquence. She was an excellent singer, played the lute, but was also well-read and possessed literary talent, but all these qualities were always perceived through her profession – of a famous courtesan. On one hand, she was adored, admired, and praised in poems, on the other – depreciated and humbled. Yet she believed that she could become something more than just a woman for men to enjoy.

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Fontana della Terrina – from a litter bin to a gigantic soup bowl

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Fontana della Terrina – from a litter bin to a gigantic soup bowl

Rome is full of fountains, monstrous such as the di Trevi, large, small, and tiny ones, hidden in the narrow alleys or unexpectedly appearing upon small squares. They have always been the calling card of the Eternal City, its pride, decoration, but also a place of respite and rest. Some of them are veritable pearls of art, but there is also a good number of truly bizarre ones. This last category includes the della Terrina fountain. It always brings to mind, not a fountain but a gargantuan soup bowl – a truly surrealistic creation, which has been shaped thus, due to Roman pragmatism.

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