Rome The Campo de fiori And Colosseum Districts
What about the contents? The art collection predates the museums; a Pope donated ancient bronzes to the people of Rome and placed them on the Capitoline Hill. The collections include some of the most celebrated sculptures of the ancient world, including the original of the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius that once stood in the piazza. Many beautiful sculptures are copies of Greek’s masterpieces. There is a bronze statue of a she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, the twins who founded Rome. The Galleria Congiunzione links the three palaces and contains the remains of Second Century Roman dwellings.
There’s lots more.
The Colosseo (Colosseum) located in south-central Rome has been a symbol of The Eternal City since its creation in 80 AD. This is the largest Roman Amphitheater, built to hold 50 thousand spectators in great comfort as they watched the slaughter of gladiators and wild beasts. It is said that 5 animals died the day (and night) that this monument to human cruelty opened. But you shouldn’t go to Rome without visiting.
After the gladiator combats ended early in the Fifth Century the site served as a quarry for building materials found in Renaissance palaces and churches including St. Peter’s Basilica. Let your imagination run wild and decide whether you want to be photographed with a costumed gladiator who will demand money for the privilege. You won’t have to pay anything for the kitty cats that have replaced the lions.
To the west of the Colosseum is the Arco di Costantino (Arch of Constantine) at about 70 feet high, 85 feet long, and 23 feet wide (about 21 by 26 by 7 meters), the largest and incidentally best-preserved of the Roman triumphal arches. This one built in 315 AD marks the victory of Emperor Constantine over his co-emperor Maxentius. Just before the battle Constantine has a vision of a cross in the heavens and subsequently legalized Christianity in his empire.
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