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In the center of the Piazza del Campidoglio stands an equestrian statue of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. This is a replica; the original is housed within the Capitoline Museums. This statue was thought to be of Emperor Constantine, and not until the 15th century that the...More
Replica Statua Equestre di Marco Aurelio is a beautiful statue. It stands in the middle of the Capitoline Square, outside the Capitoline Museums. The original statue, the genuine article, is kept inside the museums. The original was created in the 2nd century, and it depicts...More
Yes, it's a copy (the original is now in the museum to protect it from the elements), but this copy has all the sweeping grace of the original statue of the good emperor (one of the few!) Marcus Aurelius. Legend has it the statue was...More
Pagan and Roman monuments, statues, and reminders normally met a bad end; Christians had little tolerance. But this bronze wonder endured! How so? It flew under the radar, undetected as the symbol of oppression that it was, mistaken for the great Charlemagne. Just a case...More
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Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
If all roads lead to Rome, then they all end here. Piazza Venezia and the Ancient City are the very epicenter of the Eternal City. Within a 360-degree turn, Roman history unrolls in front of you, from its ancient beginnings to its 21st century transformations. Whether it’s those historical playgrounds known as the Roman and Imperial Forums, or the side-street shops, trattorie, and churches, this
neighborhood packs a cultural punch and then some. Screaming scooters, battling buses, crazy cars, and lots of foot traffic converge in the area all day long. By dusk, a different vibe emerges as the neighborhood quiets down. Don't be surprised if you find yourself passing through the Piazza Venezia at least once a day, since it’s the most direct way to get from one side of town to another.