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Torre delle Milizie

by Barkay

Is there a possibility to visit torre delle Milizie? I suppose there is a fascinating view of Rome from it's top. Thank you.

Re: Torre delle Milizie

by marco2005

I've just called the Trajan Market Museum but they say that currently it is closed for undergoing renovations. Sorry.

for the story of the tower see this breughel's tip


Re: Torre delle Milizie

by Barkay

Grazie. And may be they've told you when it will be opened?

Re: Torre delle Milizie

by marco2005

until further advice.
you know this is the italian way ;-)

Re: Torre delle Milizie

by vic70

fascinating view you will find also in this places:

Lo zodiaco




and Giardino degli Aranci

Re: Torre delle Milizie

by breughel

Visitors of the Museum and Mercati di Traiano have access to the feet of the tower and the small garden around but the tower himself is closed.
I really recommend the whole site of the Mercati di Traiano for the views from the balconies. (re. my new tip under Roman Forums)

Travel Tips for Rome

Palace of Montecitorio

by Sarita76

Originally designed by Bernini, the Palace was completed by Innocentius XII to host the Tribunal.
Montecitorio is almost untouched and it is now used by Camera dei Deputati, one of the two Chambers of the Italian Parliament. In front of Montecitorio you can find the remains of a column erected in honour of Antoninus Pius and his wife Annia Faustina.

Piazza Navona

by Webboy

Piazza Navona can be found directly west of the Pantheon.

We stumbled upon it by accident, and are very glad we did. It is a long Piazza with a smallish fountain at either end and one very large fountain in the middle.

Piazza Navona looks like a nice place to have lunch, but unfortunately we had just easten. There are a lot of little cafes, and several Artisits waiting to paint you in many different styles.

We did not intend visiting Piazza Navona ......we never knew t existed, but would certainly recommend a walk through if you have the time.......especially to look in awe at the huge fountain in the centre of it, and its detail.

The bottom of the fountain can be seen in the picure opposite. Unfortunately the scaffolding in the background sort of spoils it, but still looked amazing!

Rome - Trastevere Trams

by ss0

Trastevere Trams

There are two trams of interest that go through Trastevere.

No. 8 goes north across the river to Largo Argentina...near Campo di Fiori, Pantheon, etc.

No. 3 turns east across the river, then meanders toward the forum, colosseum and San Giovanni in Laterano. [Note...for reasons I never discovered, this "tram" line was actually being serviced by buses when we were there this past December...probably a track maintenance issue.]

Both trams go south to the Trastevere train station, which has the FR1 train to/from FCO -- a 26 min ride for 5.50 euros (December...may be more this summer). See the train map at: http://www.atac.roma.it/docunet/file.asp?mid=3&rid=385

Go where Romans eat

by Frisbeeace about Otello alla Concordia

This is a typical trattoria with great food at moderate prices. Not directly on the street you have to walk a few meters into a courtyard. Try the Arrosto Misto con Patates (a combo of pork, steak and chicken with roasted potatoes). Avoid the Saltimboca because you'll leave hungry.

An Historical Masterpiece (5 photos)

by nicolaitan

The Trevi Fountain has become one of the most endearing symbols of Rome. This Baroque creation is Rome's largest fountain, 85 feet high and 65 feet wide. Situated at the site of three roads (tre vie) in ancient Rome, it delivered pure water from a source outside the city and brought via an aqueduct named Aqua Virga, after the alleged virgin who found the water source. The original fountain worked for 400 years till the Goth invaders destroyed the aqueduct, one of the prime reasons for the fall of Rome.
During the Renaissance, the Roman custom of building a fancy fountain at the end of an aqueduct was revived. Several fountains were built on this site on order of various popes, but the fountain we see today was built between 1732 and 1762 at the order of Pope Clement XII and designed by Nicola Salvi. In 1998 the fountain was refurbished with the addition of recirculating pumps. The last 3 images predate the cleaning.

There is a lot more to the symbolism of the Trevi Fountain than some buxom movie actress splashing around in the water. Like so many Italian classic sites, mythology plays a major role in the characters depicted. The overall theme is the taming of the waters. The background is comprised of an Arch of Triumph with 4 Corinthian-style columns and an upper level filled with statuary. The center piece is the imposing Neptune guiding a chariot drawn by seahorses, one described as placid and the other agitated, to characterise the changing moods of the sea. They are guided by tritons, one aged and the other young, representing the extremes of humanity. Smaller niches to the side contain the figures of Abundance (wealth - on the left) and Salubrity (health - on the right). The statues above are of "Agrippa approving the plans for the aqueduct" and "The Virgin leading the soldiers".

Current legend states that one should throw a coin with the right hand over the left shoulder to ensure a return to Rome. The true legend ---
1 coin - return to Rome.
2 coins - get married.
3 coins - get divorced.


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