Now then, Rome was great…!
Italy’s Metropolitan City of Rome has at least 3000 years of fascinating history & the capital has had global influence since the days of the Roman Empire. It was officially founded in 753 BC, but it was inhabited long before then by the Etruscans, Latins, & Sabines. Making it one of the oldest city’s in all of Europe.
Rome is Italy’s most visited destination & the city is classed as the birthplace of Western Civilisation. With many different UNESCO World Heritage Sites, all based in and around the Roma province & Lazio region. I tried to visit them all, but I only had four days to explore, conquer & to finally sit on my throne as the new Emperor of Rome.
Rome is the Eternal City, & it remains a political capital, & a very religious centre to its people. The creativity of the past is everywhere for all to see, with monumental masterpieces around every corner of the city, designed by artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, & other artistic / architectural geniuses.
The city of Rome offers the tourist a trip that they’ll never forget. There is so much to see & do, no wonder it wasn’t built in a day. Supposedly, it was Romulus & his twin brother Remus, who built the city after they were suckled by a she-wolf when they were abandoned by their mother as she searched for their apparent father, the god, Mars. Sadly, after they built it, the brothers fell out over the naming of this great Metropolis & Romulus killed Remus before naming it Rome after himself.
The city was then known as the centrepiece of the Roman Empire which ruled Europe for more than 1000 years.
Since then, Rome has been sacked then rebuilt several times, & it’s took over 270 years to finally bring the city back to its full glory.
The ‘Spanish Steps’ climb a steep slope with the Piazza di Spagna at the bottom & the Piazza Trinita dei Monti church, which dominates the top. The steps were given the name by the Spanish Embassy & the area is surrounded by Baroque architecture designed by Francesco di Sanctis.
The Altare della Patria is an awesome monument that was built in honour of Victor Emmanuel II, who was the first official king of a unified Italy.
The monument was a nice sight for sore eyes, and mine were killing from squinting, so it was a treat to greet this shrine in the Italian sunshine.😁
The monument was inaugurated in 1911, & it’s an imposing / colossal building situated in the Piazza Venezia, where it offers some breath-taking views of the city for those who wish to visit the rooftop. With it being 70 metres high, it offers quite the vantage point to see Rome from a different view.
The Forum of Caesar was built by Julius Caesar in 46BC. It became a place for public business that was related to the Senate, as well as a monumental shrine to the Emperor himself. Before his assassination Caesar would have the Senate meet him at his forum temple to conduct the business & politics of Rome.
The Emperor Julius Caesar had the temple erected to celebrate the mythical ancestral of his family: The goddess Venus.
But in the year 283, the Forum of Caesar & the Temple of Venus suffered in the midst of a disasterous fire & it wasn’t until the first decade of the 4th Century when it was finally restored.
The streets of Rome are filled with friendly people from all over the world. I met a few frisky Italians as I sat in the square eating another delicious ice cream. ‘Highlight of the holiday’.
Well that’s Rome for ya…
But, I saved the best sight for last. I thought that the Colosseum deserves a post of its own because it’s awesome!
So, until next time folks…
Take care out there.
Build your own empire, travellers!😜