One week lett! 1 month ago
Entries from everyone
- tickets bought
- hostel booked
way to go!
next month I’ll check it as done!
- Italian studies in progress! 1 month ago
...The Spanish Steps, Piazza del Popolo, Vatican Museums, St, Peters basilica and its dome, Colosseo, Forum Romanum, Circus Massimus, Terme di Caracali, Terme di Diocleciano, fontanna di Trevi, fontanna Quatro Fiumi, Piazza Navona, Piazza Farnese, Campo di Fiori, Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Tempietto, Pantheon, endless number of churches and palaces…
... ravioli with spinach and ricotta, risotto with asparagus, pizza funghi and prosciutto, gniocchi with tomato sauce, lasagne, gelato, tiramisu, panna cotta, panini…
.. blue sky, sun, endless siesta…
Rome is beutiful! 7 months ago
...and 17 interesting facts about the COLOSSEUM taken from the net
1.) The Colosseum was built by Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian dynasty, for Titus, his successor.
2.) Colosseum is an elliptical building measuring 189 meters long and 156 meters wide with a base area of 24,000 m² with a height of more than 48 meter.
3.) It has about 80 entrances and can accommodate 50,000 spectators.
4.) Construction of this huge edifice started in 72 CE and was completed in 80 CE.
5.) In 847, the southern side of the Colosseum collapsed because of a devastating earthquake.
6.) The marble façade and some parts of the Colosseum were used for the construction of St Peter’s Basilica and later monuments.
7.) The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, re-enactments of famous battles, executions and dramas.
8.) During the inaugural games of the Colosseum in 80 CE held by Titus, some 9,000 wild animals were slaughtered.
9.) In 107 CE, Emperor Trajan is said to have celebrated his victories in Dacia with contests involving 11,000 animals and 10,000 gladiators within 123 days.
10.) It is estimated that the games played in the Colosseum for hundreds of years have taken the lives of about 500,000 people and over a million wild animals.
11.) The last gladiatorial fights occurred in 435 CE and the last animal hunts stopped in 523 CE. It was primarily due to the cost of procuring animals and gladiators and maintaining the expensive facility.
12.) More than 100,000 cubic meters of travertine stone were used for the outer wall of Colosseum which was set without mortar held together by 300 tons of iron clamps.
13.) Colosseum was built near the giant statue of Colossus which was part of the Nero’s Park. The current name was derived from the statue of Colossus.
14.) Based on historical evidences, it shows that 200 bullock carts were used to transport marbles to the construction site.
15.) The total amount of marbles used for the construction of the Colosseum was estimated at 100,000 cubic meters.
16.) Receiving millions of visitors every year, the Colosseum is the most famous tourist attraction of Rome.
17.) Elton John, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and Ray Charles were some of the few famous singers that performed at the Colosseum. 11 months ago
so big structure…
Here’s a short description of the place from the net ;-)
The Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II (National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II) or Altare della Patria (Altar of the Fatherland) or “Il Vittoriano” is a monument built to honour Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy, located in Rome, Italy. It occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill.
The monument was designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885; sculpture for it was parceled out to established sculptors all over Italy, such as Leonardo Bistolfi and Angelo Zanelli. It was inaugurated in 1911 and completed in 1935. 11 months ago
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