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Katie Parla's Rome: Food & Archeology

A source of both nutrition and pleasure, food is also a booming commercial enterprise with a long, storied history. As the center of a vast Empire, Rome’s ancient harbors were abuzz with various aspects of the food trade as condiments, raw materials and beverages converged on the banks of the Tiber from distant provinces. Livestock was traded and slaughtered for consumption and religious ritual. Join me for a stroll through Rome's ancient cattle market, along the Tiber River and to the Circus Maximus for a sneak peak at my Food & Archeology tour, which explores trade, traffic, and enterprise from antiquity to today.

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Rome in one day with Welcometorome.net | Best Monuments of Ancient Rome

Rome in one day with Welcometorome.net | Best Monuments of Ancient Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Intro:

This itinerary is a journey immersed in the ancient roman ruins dedicated to the great Emperors of History. You can see the imperial palaces, the ruins of the ancient squares and places which used to be the center of roman social life.

Transport:

It is highly recommended to walk from one place to another since all the locations are in the city center.

Time Required:

To visit the sites mentioned it takes about 8 hours, depending on how much time you decideto stopin each site.

Route:

The itinerary starts from Venice Square, (Piazza Venezia) that you can easily reach by bus from Termini Train Station. From here walk along Via dei Fori Imperiali, a famous roman street where you can admire the beautiful ancient ruins of the city. At the beginning of the street, on the left, there's the Mercato Traiano, designed by Apollodorus of Damascus in 107 BC. The building is split into multiple floors and was originally intended for commercial and public functions. Walking down the main street you’ll arrive in front of the Roman Forum, the old Republican square considered a symbolic place by Roman emperors. After the ancient forum go straight to the Roman Colosseum, the most recognizable monument of Rome, also known as the Anfiteatro Flavio. We suggest you to enter inside to admire the magnificence of the place and imagine what it looked like when the gladiators were struggle in. From the Colosseum you can also see the Palatine Hill, an archeological area that contains the old Emperor's residences, arches and temples. Take Via Celio Vibenna and continue along Via di San Gregorio. Continuing down the street for about 800 meters you get to Circus Maximus, the oldest Roman stadium, a place where ancient competitions and sports events were held. Making the rounds of the stadium arriving at the south end, you'll find the Temple of Ercules and the Arch of Janus both magnificent examples of classical Roman architecture. Continuing up Via del Teatro Marcello on your left you'll see the Theater of Marcellus which was the largest theater in ancient Rome. The tour ends just behind the theater in the Jewish Ghetto which preserves the remains of the Portico of Ottavia.

 

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Rome's Best Cappuccino at The Historic Sciascia Caffe' 1919

Rome's Best Cappuccino at The Historic Sciascia Caffe' 1919 | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

More than 2,000 satisfied Romans, the majority lawyers working at the nearby legal offices and courts, make a daily stop at the historic Sciascia Caffe 1919 in the Prati neighborhood.
It is a Roman institution, but it is rarely mentioned on lists of “musts” for visitors, and one could pass by without even noticing the entrance....Rome’s best cappuccino is served in delicate Richard Ginori porcelain cups...

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What to see in 24h in Rome

What to see in 24h in Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
There are crazy people who decide to visit a city just for one day, like if places were stickers in their album. T hen, there are crazier people who decide to do that mistake with a city like Rome!...
Mariano Pallottini's insight:

What to see in 24h in Rome avoiding queues:

  1. Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè
  2. Pantheon
  3. Fontana di Trevi
  4. Via del Corso
  5. Piazza Venezia
  6. Fori Imperiali
  7. Forno da Milvio
  8. Colosseo
  9. Grezzo
  10. Monti
  11. Caffè Propaganda
  12. Ponte Garibaldi
  13. Antico Caffé del Moro
  14. Freni e Frizioni
  15. Mangiamò


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Pantheon Rome - Pentecost Rose Petals

Rose Petals being thrown through the "oculus" of the Pantheon in Rome as sign of the Holy Spirit decending.
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Travel to Italy Tips | Campo de Fiori - Rome

Travel to Italy Tips | Campo de Fiori - Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

I always love the markets in Italy and today at Campo de Fiori is no exception. As I sit here sipping my cappuccino, I watch the excitement of the vendors and the people looking and buying. It is such an interesting exciting atmosphere and just so entertaining. I wonder why this market has such a great feel. Is it the “Buon Giorno and Ciao” constantly being called out by the locals to their friends and colleagues? Maybe. Whatever it is, it feels fabulous. [...]

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Rome city guide: a day in Monti

Rome city guide: a day in Monti | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

One of Rome's old residential neighbourhoods, Monti retains a bohemian edge and is a great spot for an alfresco coffee, to savour the local street food, and shop for alternative fashion, writes Lee Marshall [...]

Monti is central Rome's secret urban village. Tourists dutifully tick off the Colosseum, the Quirinal hill, the imposing Santa Maria Maggiore basilica, but tend to ignore what lies between them, assuming "there's nothing to see" – and so missing out on one of the city's most charming old residential neighbourhoods.

Once this was the Suburra, Today its ochre-washed houses on cobblestone lanes are prime real estate, inhabited by architects, trust-fund screenwriters and other well-heeled creative types. But despite the gentrification, Monti retains a bohemian edge, and has become one of Rome's most rewarding areas for alternative fashion, gourmet street food and alfresco cafe culture.[...]

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La Grande Bellezza in Rome | Castel Sant’Angelo

La Grande Bellezza in Rome | Castel Sant’Angelo | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Castel Sant'Angelo (or The Mausoleum of Hadrian), reigning over the banks of the river Tiber, is a familiar and majestic monument on the Rome city skyline. Today it’s a national museum and famed attraction but its history is far from serene. As a Roman tomb, a Renaissance prison and key military fortress for the Vatican, Castel Sant’Angelo is like a layer cake containing over 1,800 years of bloody, turbulent history. [...]

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5 Italian Legends You Should Probably Pay Attention To

5 Italian Legends You Should Probably Pay Attention To | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

There's something hallowed about visiting a place of legend. To think that thousands of people over dozens of centuries have kissed the same stone, or climbed the same bell tower, or petted the same bronze boar-turned-pig as you, hoping for their own wishes to come true, brings a deeper meaning to travel.
Invite a little luck -- and a lot of superstition -- into your trip at these places where myth meets mystery.

  1. Thousands of tourists throw coins (with their right hands, over their left shoulders) into the Trevi Fountain every day with the hope of returning to Rome. Their tosses totaled over $3,000 per day in 2012... 
  2. Il Porcellino -- aka "the piglet" -- is a bronze boar that lives in Florence's open-air market. Feed him a coin for good luck, and then rub his snout to ensure a return to Florence. 
  3. Casa di Giulietta is supposedly the Shakespeare-inspired courtyard home to Romeo's Juliet. If you write a letter to the star-crossed lover and post it on the wall beneath her balcony, she'll help you in love (an official response, though, might come from a club of secretaries who read and personally respond to as many letters as they can).
  4. The Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin, a little church in Rome, is home to the Mouth of Truth. If you tell a lie with your hand in his mouth, this stone creature will bite your hand off...
  5. Want love that lasts forever? Secure a lock to Ponte Vecchio bridge in Florence and throw the key into the river below.
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Who was Saint Valentine | History and martyrdom of lovers patron saint

Who was Saint Valentine | History and martyrdom of lovers patron saint | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Valentine was a Catholic priest who practiced in the city of Rome during the period of Christian persecution under the reign of Claudius II (213-270). When Claudius came to power in 268 AD the Roman Empire was under attack on many fronts from the Northern tribes, the biggest threat being that posed by the Goths. Many long, hard months away from family along with the threat of disease and battle meant that a career in the Roman army in those times was not such an attractive proposition. Claudius sought to remedy the situation by outlawing marriage, thereby ensuring the population of young Roman men had less reason to stay home with their loves.
Valentine ignored the edict and decided to marry couples in secret, a practice that soon saw him hauled before the Emperor and incarcerated. A beguiling and charming man was the priest and he captured the interest of the Emperor, but he made a tactical error in trying to convert Claudius to Christianity who had him beaten with clubs, stoned and beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14th 267.
Today Saint Valentine is revered as the patron Saint of love and lovers. [...]

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50 Years In Italy: Stolen Treasures Return to Italy

50 Years In Italy: Stolen Treasures Return to Italy | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Ever since the 1770s when William Hamilton collected and exported Greek vases found in the excavations of Pompeii , ancient artifacts and tomb robbers ( tombaroli ) have been part of the Italian scene.
According to the Carabinieri, the theft of Italy’s art and archeological patrimony is fourth on the list of crime in Italy, after arms, drugs and financial crime.
Many of these objects have been looted from tombs and necropoli in Etruria, in central Italy or from the Puglia region.
On show until mid-March I Tesori : La Memoria Ritrovata at Palazzo Qurinale in Rome, an exhibit of over 100 objects found and returned to Italy by the Carabinieri. [...]

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50 Signs That Rome Is Really Home

50 Signs That Rome Is Really Home | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

You might be used to your walk to work looking like this, for starters. What's living in Italy really like? Here are some of the ways you'll know when you've lived here for a while - and that Rome has changed you (...for better or for worse!)

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Cocktail's Guide to Rome

Cocktail's Guide to Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

What:

  • Americano
  • Sgroppino
  • Bellini
  • Spritz
  • Negroni
  • Negroni Sbagliato

Where:

  • Pierluigi
  • Barnum Cafè
  • Misceliamo
  • JK Place
  • Stravinskij Bar
  • Bar at Hotel Locarno
  • Etablì
  • Baccano
  • Massimo Riccioli Bistrot

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Mark Augustus' 2000th Death Anniversary Celebrations in Rome

Mark Augustus' 2000th Death Anniversary Celebrations in Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

August 19 marks the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Rome’s first emperor Augustus, who ruled from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD.

To commemorate the date, a series of special events and openings will be launched in the Italian capital [...]

Mariano Pallottini's insight:

Unfortunately, the Mausoleum of Augustus will not be open; the site is off limits pending restoration

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Amid Italy’s art gems, tombs inspire, too

Amid Italy’s art gems, tombs inspire, too | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

What may surprise a visitor to Italy is how accessible, and how moving and beautiful, are the tombs and other formal memorials to artists that Italians dutifully and sometimes touchingly maintain. [...]

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1564-2014 MICHELANGELO / Exhibitions - Musei Capitolini

1564-2014 MICHELANGELO / Exhibitions - Musei Capitolini | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Documentary exhibition on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the death of the great Florentine artist.

The exhibition Michelangelo. Incontrare un artista universale, covering the life and work of this colossus for all times, is to be held at the Musei Capitolini on the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Buonarroti in Rome on 18 February 1564. In the heart of the city, in that very Piazza del Campidoglio which the genius of Michelangelo made unique in the world, over one hundred and fifty works, of which around seventy by the Tuscan artist, from many of the leading cultural institutions in Italy and elsewhere, are to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the death of an artist who was so magnificent as to have a lasting influence not only on the arts in Italy but also on all universally known culture. [...]

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Finding gems along the Aurelian walls, Rome's ancient ramparts

Finding gems along the Aurelian walls, Rome's ancient ramparts | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Most visitors to Rome will come across the Aurelian walls framing the old city at some point during their sight-seeing. But not so many will consider these stunning ancient treasures a priority.  I would argue that these ramparts are a sight worth admiring and taking note of in themselves. A walk along the walls is also a lovely way to spend a morning in Rome, and there are several interesting churches and sights to discover on the way.[...]

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Rome to Tuscany: rediscovering the Via Clodia

Rome to Tuscany: rediscovering the Via Clodia | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Hundreds of  horsemen, bikers and trekkers  left Rome  for a 230 km. voyage  of rediscovery: they  are traveling  along  the  ancient Roman road, Via Clodia, north from Rome, through the Lazio countryside. [...]

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A Magical Place to Experience the Sense of the Roman Empire

A Magical Place to Experience the Sense of the Roman Empire | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
One of the earliest and strategically most important Roman roads of the ancient republic: the Ancient Appian Way

Rightly called the Regina Viarum, or queen of roads, it was constructed towards the end of the 4th century B.C. in order to set up a fast communication between Rome and Capua. In my opinion, a visit on this road is one of the best ways of how to reminisce the roman past. I like to imagine the Roman empress riding their horses on this path to arrive at their summer abode on the hills around Rome. [...]

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Birdwatching in Rome

Birdwatching in Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

Where

There are many parks in Rome that birds frequent: Villa Ada, Villa Doria Pamphili, Parco degli Acquedotti. There is even a Nature Reserve Valle dei Casali in Rome where you can observe the Barn owl. Paul Milne says that his favourite birding places in the Italian capital are the Maccarese Ponds and the Pineto di Castel Fusano on the coast as well as the Parco dell’Appia Antica.

When

Spring and autumn are the best seasons for admiring Roman birds. “Try to get out for dawn as most birds get active between dawn and mid-morning”, recommends Paul. “Evening can also be good but there is usually a lot more people around so the birds get disturbed”.

What

There are many species to be seen but it is the Mediterranean species that hold most interest such as Black Kite, Subalpine Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Great Reed Warbler, Italian Sparrow, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Pallid Swift and Penduline Tit.    [...]

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The hidden gems in the heart of Rome

The hidden gems in the heart of Rome | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

To find the pulse of Rome, stray off the typical tourist path and you will be happily surprised.
STAND within the Colosseum’s massive bowl, and you can practically hear the roar of the ancient crowd. But to capture the sounds of today’s Rome, it’s best to get away from the flurry of tourists and settle into a quaint trattoria like Da Tonino, where everyone within its rustic walls chatters away in Italian.
No sign outside announces the restaurant; my wife and I dined there courtesy of a local’s tip. And that cloaked quality was precisely its appeal.
Hidden gems – ignored by the guidebooks, well off the tourist path – await in nearly every nook of this wondrous city. Of course, visitors should crane their necks at the Vatican, sip espresso at an open-air bar in Piazza Navona and climb the Spanish Steps. But in a place with a history so long and rich that it is dubbed “the Eternal City”, only one approach seems plausible: peel away the layers, savouring each one, to get a deeper sense of the place.[...]

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  • Cul De Sac - winebar
  • Jewish Ghetto
  • Villa d’Este
  • Dagnino - pastry shop
  • ‘Monumental Cemetery’
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The Great Beauty wins best foreign language film Oscar - TheGuardian

The Great Beauty wins best foreign language film Oscar - TheGuardian | Italia Mia | Scoop.it

The Great Beauty has won the best foreign language film Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards, defeating a field that included The Hunt, from Denmark, Cambodia's The Missing Picture and Belgium's The Broken Circle Breakdown. In doing so, it becomes the first Italian film since Life Is Beautiful in 1998 to take the award.[...]


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Journalist Jep Gambardella (the dazzling Toni Servillo, Il divo and Gomorrah) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. Since the legendary success of his one and only novel, he has been a permanent fixture in the city's literary and social circles, but when his sixty-fifth birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafés to find Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty.


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Rome guide: free attractions and things to do - Telegraph

Rome guide: free attractions and things to do - Telegraph | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
Our Rome expert offers a guide to the city's top free attractions, including the best parks and free museums
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The Great Beauty of Rome at Sunrise

The Great Beauty of Rome at Sunrise | Italia Mia | Scoop.it
A video filmed using a drone shows a magical, deserted Rome at sunrise
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Studying Italian in Rome

A short promo about studying in Rome, shot in May 2013

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