4 March 2010

MONUMENT ROME

MONUMENT ROMEMONUMENT ROME

Two steps from Portico d’Ottavia and you are in Largo Argentina, where history was made when Julius Caesar was killed in 44 BC. Today, in the middle of the square, you still have Roma ruins, next to a Medieval tower, where hundreds of cats find shelter.

Two steps more and you reach piazza della Minerva (in the middle: a little elephant carved in stone with a small obelisk on top and a marvelous church) and than the Pantheon, built by emperor Adrian (Marguerite Yourcenar:  “Memoirs of Adrian”) in 2nd century AD on the ruins of the old one, built in 25 BC by Agrippa, Augustus right hand man.

Next, piazza Navona, a racecourse in Roman days, San Luigi dei Francesi (where you find two extraordinary paintings by Caravaggio), La Rosetta , the best fish restaurant and one of the most expensive in Rome, palazzo Montecitorio (lower House of Parlament) , piazza Colonna and palazzo Chigi (seat of the Prime Minister office).

Beyond, you have all of Rome, ancient, medieval, contemporary.

Two steps from Portico d’Ottavia and you are in Largo Argentina, where history was made when Julius Caesar was killed in 44 BC. Today, in the middle of the square, you still have Roma ruins, next to a Medieval tower, where hundreds of cats find shelter.

Two steps more and you reach piazza della Minerva (in the middle: a little elephant carved in stone with a small obelisk on top and a marvelous church) and than the Pantheon, built by emperor Adrian (Marguerite Yourcenar:  “Memoirs of Adrian”) in 2nd century AD on the ruins of the old one, built in 25 BC by Agrippa, Augustus right hand man.

Next, piazza Navona, a racecourse in Roman days, San Luigi dei Francesi (where you find two extraordinary paintings by Caravaggio), La Rosetta , the best fish restaurant and one of the most expensive in Rome, palazzo Montecitorio (lower House of Parlament) , piazza Colonna and palazzo Chigi (seat of the Prime Minister office).

Beyond, you have all of Rome, ancient, medieval, contemporary.