FORO ROMANO – ROMAN FORUM
FORO ROMANO – ROMAN FORUM
The Roman Forum is situated on an area which was originally most inhospitable, swampy and unhealthy. Once the complex reclamation work was finished, the Roman Forum became a place for trade and barter. Numerous shops and a large market square were built. An area was also set apart for ceremonies; it was here that the magistrates were elected, the traditional religious holidays were ketp, and those charged with various crimes were judged by a court.
As time passed, the forum area was completely abandoned; the ruins of the ancient monuments were used by the population and in large part demolished. During the Middle Ages, it became a pasture for sheep and cattle (hence its name of “Campo Vaccino”. View of the Roman Forum with the Temple of Saturn, the Phoca’s Column and a portion of the Arch of Septimius Severus.
After a great lunch, I sat in a bit of shade, at a little table at Zi Elena, a Bar Gelateria beside the market. Relax. Then I wandered about without purpose, it was hot and I think most people were enjoying a siesta.
Visited a small theater, chatted with the guy there briefly. Walked on taking random pics.
I found Gelateria Giolitti a Testaccio by chance and needed another rest so made a stop. It was well worth it. The man behind the ice-cream counter was totally relaxed, molto simpatico. I asked for granita al cafè and he said "con panna?" -- but of course! and that cream was heavenly! Never had better granita!
A few students hanging around, one woman stopped by in her slippers, just to chat about... something! Sounded like she was despairing about ever seeing "anything" improve. And all the owner said was "bbè!" over and over again. A real Jacques le Fataliste. :)
The Teatro Petrolini is all about traditions and customs of Rome. Popular songs, serenades, in an ambiance of true Romanity. Anecdotes, weird stuff all linked to this unique territory.
There *is* a Rome where Roman popular culture lives on and this is the very heart of it. It's not Romanesco this time... as they say, "romaneschi sono solo i carciofi..." (Only artichokes are 'romaneschi')
Teatro Petrolini in Testaccio. Via Rubattino, 5
00100 Pizza, via Giovanni Branca, 88
Gelateria Gelotti, via Amerigo Vespucci, 35 (filled with archive photos of the woman founder and family, and testimonials. Fascinating.)
Music from all over the World !
The festival ROMA INCONTRA IL MONDO takes place on the sides of the lake inside Villa Ada.
The program of the festival includes a concert every night... with very good ethnic music.
It opens at 8pm, and shows start at 10pm.
It is also possible to have dinner there. After show, disco bar till late night.
From June 23 until August 9 ... :) whatever you like...
Fabulous Sicilian pastries!
We had to wait for somebody and just killing time...
I must have picked up an angel for some
guidance because I'm normally never
tempted to walk in a gallery. But this time I
did. I walked into the 'Galleria Esedra' and found
And it was exactly what we were looking for.
Hmm , it didn't took us much time to decide
that this was the place we would wait for a
while. A lot of sweets , icecream...cappucino..
We tried tree of them and they were delicious.
A horn filled with ricotta and sucred fruit ,
somesort of 'profiterolles' with a really
tasty mocca-edge from the fridge....
The service wasn't perfect , but we
forgot about that right away. They got this
unhandily Italian system where you order
and pay first and then they bring it to you.
Very inconvenient if you don't know the
language. (and it take a lot of time as well)
Oh , the interior isn't anything special.
Some people also come here to eat
more regular dishes. We got right into the
deserts. Prices are higher when you sit down.
Next time in Rome I'm going to try one of
their marzipan creations.
Ostia: almost as good as Pompeii & easier for Rome
Ostia is a terrific set of ruins with many aspects superior to Pompei. It is easily reachable via the Metro (just look at the Metro map for directions...easy). In Ostia, you can explore in and out of the residential quarters. There is a great public bath, a two-story dwelling you can go up in (the only one I have encountered), the best preserved Roman Public toilet in the world, a great marketplace, etc., etc. It's a great place if you are interested in historic Rome.
Ostia is not crowded like Pompei and will provide a relaxing and extremely interesting entire day. Many trees and a breeze off the Meditarrean lend a pleasant climate for the walker. Ostia was not destroyed like Pompei & Herculaneum, but rather deserted when the Tiber changed course. Therefore, much is in a better state of preservation since it was not violently destroyed.
At the center of Ostia is a tasty "museum" restaurant with rather good food. Also, it is a conveniently located WC