Piazza Novona – Italy

Piazza Novona is one of the most famous squares in Rome. The plaza was commissioned by Pope Innocent X and constructed in 1664 on the site of an ancient stadium for the purpose of celebrating the greatness of the Pamphillj family. The plaza centers around three fountains with the largest fountain in the center of…

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Pantheon – Italy

The Pantheon is one of the best preserved monuments remaining from ancient Rome. It was completed between 126 and 128 A.D. during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. The name “Pantheon” is derived from the Greek words “pan” meaning “all” and “theos” meaning “gods” so the meaning of the name Pantheon is “all gods”. Plaza and…

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Roman Forum – Italy

The Roman Forum was the original downtown of Rome. It consisted of temples, government buildings and markets. The portion of the original Roman Forum that remains today provides just a hint of this historic site. The surviving remains are a mixture of triumphal arches, once important buildings, standing columns and unidentified relics lying tumbled on…

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Castle Saint Angelo – Italy

When I booked my trip to Rome I did not know about this Castle but it was located near my hotel and I had a few free hours that I wanted to make use of  to see something. The Castle Sain’ Angelo is just a few block from the Vatican on the Tiber River. This fortress…

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