Visiting Rome, it’s hard to say what you’ll find most breathtaking about the Eternal City – the arrogant opulence of the Vatican, the timelessness of the Forum, the top speed of a Fiat Bambino, the gory resonance of the Coliseum, trying to cross a major intersection, or the bill for your caffe latte. Let’s start with the gladiator himself:
The founding of Rome is enveloped in myth: the story goes that the first city centre sprang up in 753 B.C. on the Palatine hill, built by Romulus after he had killed his twin brother Remus.
Romulus was the first of the seven kings of Rome, who started off the basic characteristics of this city that would go on to make Rome powerful throughout the ancient world: public works, institutional reforms, aqueducts.
With the arrival of the Republic, Rome increased its expansion policy and after the Punic Wars, Carthage, Corsica and Sardinia were all annexed to the Republic.
The end of the Republic determined the beginning of Silla’s dictatorship (82 B.C.)
The dictator Caius Julius Caesar oversaw a period of heavy expansion overseas. He was assassinated in 44 B.C.
The Emperor Octavius Augustus brought Rome to its “golden era”: a lengthy period of peace and stability, which was celebrated with monumental works of art. Todays attraction will be: Piazza di Spagna, or the Spanish Steps:
Piazza at the foot of the Spanish Steps, “Scalla di Spagna”, also known as the “Scalinata della Trinita dei Monti”. Design of the steps finished by Francesco de Sanctis after generations of controversy. The church at the top of the Steps is the Trinita dei Monti, founded by the French in 1495.
The fountain at the foot of the Spanish Steps, in the shape of a boat, is known at the “Barcaccia”. It is said that Pietro Bernini, Gian Lorenzo’s father, who created the fountain in 1627-29, got the idea when the Tiber overflowed its banks and a boat was stranded in the square.
As I started; it’s hard to say what is the most breathtaking about Rome. As you walk around you see beautiful places and sceneries or other candy for the eyes:
Let me end this guided tour for all readers and especially the Lifecruisers Cyber Cruise with a gastronomic excitement – an Italian delicacy:
Open your suitcases and bring home some cheese, sausages, pasta or whatever – it’s irresistible. I knew it would make you hungry, and of course we’ll have a dinner later on tonight before we leave Rome. So stay tuned – come back – for a sensational dinner with wine from the district of Lazio!