From Myth to Reality. II.
To Romulus, murderer of his brother Remus (I don't know if one should make a link with Cain assassinating Abel?), succeeded as kings Numa Pompilius, Tullius Hostilius (the one of the duel between the Horace's and Curacies) and Ancus Martius who is said to have founded the port of Ostia and have build the first aqueduct of Rome.
It is here that the myth, the legend, collides with reality.
At the 7th century before J.C the seven hills of Rome were inhabited by shepherds living in modest huts as one can see at the museum of the Baths of Diocletian's at the section of proto-history (ref. my comment on the museum of the Baths).
From the myth remains that all the history of ancient Rome was impregnated by a sacred context which directed the life of the Roman society as well as the individuals.
DU MYTHE A LA REALITE. II.
Romulus assassin de son frère Remus (je ne sais pas s'il faut faire un rapprochement avec Caïn assassinant Abel ?) fut suivi des rois Numa Pompilius, Tullius Hostilius (celui du duel des Horaces et des Curiaces) et Ancus Martius dont on dit qu'il fonda le port d'Ostie et fit construire le premier aqueduc.
C'est ici que le mythe, la légende s'entrechoque avec la réalité.
Au 7e siècle avant J.C. les sept collines de Rome étaient habitées par des bergers logeant dans des modestes cabanes comme on peut voir au musée des Thermes de Dioclétien à la section de protohistoire (ref. mon commentaire sur le musée des Thermes).
Du mythe il reste que toute l'histoire de la Rome antique est imprégnée d'un contexte sacré qui a dirigé la vie de la société romaine et des individus.
Appia Antica on Sundays
Every Sunday this beautiful park is closed to the traffic (except for the few privileged people who live here), becoming a pedestrian zone.
It is possible to rent a bike at information points or just stroll down the street.
At 10 am and 3 pm (on sundays) there are great (free) guided tours and I read that is possible to arrange special guided tours also by bike for groups of 15.
If you prefer a more confortable way of visiting the area there is an Archeobus, a bus with the usual stop and go formula (for infos call +39 0646954695).
City transport in general
Rome's city transport is surprisingly good. With only two metro lines it can't be perfect, but when Metro C is completed, it will be a lot better.
In addition to metro, there are six tram lines, three very useful electrical minibus lines in the historic centre, Roma-Lido and Roma-Viterbo railway lines, Roma-Pantano light railway line, lots of bus lines covering the areas where rails don't reach and even a trolley bus line!
Stops for all lines, as well as first and last departures are listed in every tram and bus stop, so it's easy to find out which line you should use. And certainly print out rail transport and electric-powered lines' maps on Atac's website, they are very useful.
Tickets are indeed reasonably-priced, 16 euros for a week is a bargain.
Ticket types and prices:
BIT - Integrated Time Ticket. Valid 75 minutes, cost 1 €.
BIG – Integrated Daily Ticket. Valid on the day validated, not for 24 hours! Cost 4 €
BTI – Integrated Tourist Ticket. Valid till the third day after validation. Cost 11 €
CIS – Integrated Weekly Ticket. Valid till the seventh day after validation. Cost 16 €
Tickets can be bought for example from train stations and Tabaccherie, there are lots of ticket selling places in Rome. In some trams and buses there are ticket machines where you can buy single tickets. Ticket machines are also in metro stations. Drivers don't sell tickets.
And, last but not least, always remember to validate your ticket! Validation machines are in metro turnstiles, all trams and buses. Just enter your ticket and it comes out from the other end. Period tickets have to be validated when used first time, but you have to enter them in the machine every time you use metro. Don't worry, it won't stamp it again! Period tickets must be filled in with your personal information - name and date of birth.
Although I used city transport a lot in Rome, my ticket wasn't checked even once. I saw ticket inspectors once, but the bus was really full of people, so they didn't bother coming in. I also saw gate-jumpers in the metro couple of times, they were caught by guards. Anyway, don't even think riding without a ticket, penalty fares are high!
You have to love rocket salad!
Pierluigi, established in 1938, lies in the Centro Storico of Rome. Located near the Campo is perfect to start off the evening.
The Menu offers lots of fish and meat dishes. Pasta as Primi and no pizza. So, if you'd rather like the taste of a crunchy pizza, this is not the place to go.
Pierluigi is famous for several of it's specials, which are printed in red on the menu. Try the seafood salad!
Prices per person are between 25€-40€, so be prepared to bring along some cash, or use your dad's credit card...
Pierluigi is closed on Mondays. The "Insalata di Mare", which is a seafood salad. Of course seafood doesn't appeal to everybody. Pierluigi serves two kind of seafood salads and you can even decide if you want it warm or not!
Where the gladiators fought...
The Coliseum is the most lasting icon of the Roman empire. Located in downtown Rome, it is a sight when seen for the first time. To walk along the different levels, imagining the cheering crowd of fellow Roman watching the gladiators fight. It must be like football worldcup.
Impressive architecture of Roman legacy to the world.