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AB URBE CONDITA: a goddess of great value

  The temple of Juno Moneta was a Roman temple located near the Capitol where was built the first mint of Ancient Rome. The meaning of Moneta (ie ” cautionary ” from the Latin verb Monere ) for Juno dates back to the time of the siege of the Gauls in 396 BC when the sacred geese of the temple of Juno with their squawking woke former consul Manlio who gave the alarm assault. The temple did not discover any trace even if it is assumed you are below the Basilica of Santa Maria in (more…)

AB URBE CONDITA: a beauty that disorients

The view of the dome of St. Peter from Via Niccolò Piccolomini is an experience not to be missed. From here, in fact, you can admire the “cuppolone” like you’ve never seen. Walk along the street, looking at the dome, and here the closer you get, the more it will move away. If you step back, the dome will seem bigger and closer. A game of perspectives to the appeal of the visual and striking visual effect. It is a curious optical effect, due to the layout of buildings and the point of observation. It’s (more…)

AB URBE CONDITA: talking statues.

  Yes, in Rome everyone’s talking, even the statues. Since the beginning of the sixteenth century until the nineteenth some statues of Rome were the protagonists of biting satire by unknown authors . The so-called ” talking statues ” were in the busiest streets of the city and posters were hung on these during the night, with satire aimed to make fun of the most important public figures, often even the pope. Soon the Romans began to give names to these statues , ” Madama Lucrezia ” (the statue depicts a woman possibly a priestess (more…)

AB URBE CONDITA: Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella

The Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella can be considered the symbol of the ancient Appian Way , known and reproduced from the Renaissance not less than the most famous monuments of Rome and object of particular attention from archaeologists, architects , designers and painters . The tomb was built in the third mile of the Via Appia in the years 30-20 BC dominant compared to the road, just at the point where the leucititica lava flow stopped dating back to around 260.000 years ago, ejected from the volcanic complex of the Alban Hills . It is (more…)

AB URBE CONDITA: The Tarpeian Rock and geese of the Capitol

Of the 7 hills on which Rome is, the capitol is perhaps the most linked to the historical events of the city, since ancient times as a fulcrum of political and religious activities in Rome. Legend has it that at the time of the foundation of Rome, the hill was conquered by the Sabines through the treachery of the Roman Tarpea. Tarpea had no luck, however, and was in turn betrayed by the same Sabines that, once inside, killed her with their shileds. This is the legend, but most likely Tarpea was nothing more than (more…)