Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Shore excursions - Civitavecchia Roma

Piazza Venezia
It is the Rome city center. Here it is possible to discover the various influences Rome underwent during the ages, between the original Rome and the city of the Popes. It is the first square of Rome as a capital city, the first square where the gas illumination was experimented and the first square served by a horse omnibus service, "the very first public service that can be compared to the limousine, car hire". The square was remodelled at the beginning of the XX century to receive the "Vittoriano" monument. The name of the square comes from Palazzo Venezia, which was the first lodging for the San Marco basilica Cardinals.
The Colosseum
It is the most famous of the Rome monuments, an arena where the Romans used to organize competition that often had cruel implications. It has been built by Vespasiano over an artificial lake on 79 a.d. and it was inaugurated by Tito for 100 days of sport and games. The Colosseum façade is 50 meters tall, while the arena has 86 metres of length and 54 meters of width. Close to the Colosseum, there are the Constantine Arch and the Domus Aurea, which is the residential area Nerone created after the 64 a.d. fire. Via Vittorio Veneto is one of the symbols of Rome, where all the customers of our limos car hire with drivers want to go shopping.
Via Vittorio Veneto
It is the symbol of roman “dolce vita” (sweet life) that characterized the city during the 60's, thanks to its luxury hotels and some historical cafè and restaurants.
Piazza di Spagna
It dates back to 1502, when the French church of Trinità dei Monti was built. In 1700 Piazza di Spagna was put into communication with the church through a big stair. The well-known flight of steps of Piazza di Spagna is an open air theatre.
Trevi Fountain
The project of this fountain is a Nicola Salvi's one, and the theme that it wants to represent is the sea. It is possible to see a shell shaped carriage hauled by sea horses that are preceded by tritons and by the great statue of Oceano. The fountain is the example of Baroque sculpture and architecture.
Piazza Navona,
During the ancient times of Rome this square used to have a stadium 276 metres long and 54 meter large. It was built by Domiziano and restored by Alessandro Severo. Piazza Navona is today the most distinctive of the Rome's squares thanks to the wide pedestrian precinct and to the three fountains. The central one is called fontana dei Fiumi.
Castel S. Angelo,
Its construction begun on 123 a.d. following Emperor Adriano's will. This construction at the beginning was used as the mausoleum of the Emperor's family, but then under the Aurelian Empire it became a fortified outpost, with the construction of thick walls an of few towers. Inside the castle it is possible to visit the pottery museum, the ancient weapons museum, as well as Renaissance furnishings and paintings.
San Pietro Basilica,
It is the Pontiff seat and a real nation inside Rome. Its inner part is charming, where countless paintings and pieces of art of the most well-known artists can be looked at by the tourist. Inside a stately colonnade created by the architect Bernini seems to embrace the basilica. Hundreds of thousands of parishioners and simple tourists pay their visit everyday to this sacred place.
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