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It was almost the end of my trip. I reached to Rome by train from Florence. Rome was one of the very few bad travel experiences in my life. I was defrauded £500. I spent 2.5 days in Rome.
The the most romantic of all Roman fountains. It was designed by the outstanding architect Nicole Salvi in 1732. The statue in the middle is the God Ocean with winged horses drawing his cockleshell. The old tradition says that throwing a coin into the fountain ensures your return to Rome.
Capitol is the most famous of the seven Roman hills. It is still a seat of the local government. There are sculptures of Castor and Polux that stand on the square designed by Michelangelo. The square is surrounded by twin palaces: Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatori. Nuovo Palace was constructed in the XVIIth century, while Conservatori Palace was founded in the XVth century. In its museums tourists may see Capitoline Wolf, which is a symbol of the Eternal City.
This is the biggest Roman amphitheatre and one of the greatest marvels of their civilisation. The construction was initiated during the reign of the emperor Vespasian in 72 AD. Emperors used the Colosseum to entertain the public with games that remind of prestige and power and they were a way for an emperor to increase his popularity. They usually started with comical acts and displays of wild animals and ended with fights to the death between animals and gladiators or between gladiators. The monumental structure fell into ruin, but even today it is an impressive sight and the most recognizable symbol of Rome.
My hostel was very near to the station.
Pantheon is considered the most perfect of all classical monuments in Rome. Built nearly 1800 years ago, it still brings memory of the great Roman empire. Originally a temple for all pagan gods later was converted into a church in 609 AD. The rotundas height and diameter are equal to 140 feet. The opening at the top of the dome is the only source of light. The Pantheon contains the tombs of Rafael and of several Italian Kings. Its interior design contrast with the temples whole structure, but the marble floor still features the original Roman design.
The Roman Forum – the monumental complex of remains lying between the Capitol, the Imperial Forums, the Colosseum and the Palatine. It used to be the centre of public life in the Ancient Rome. The present ruins include temples, basilicas, the Arch of Septimius Severus, the temples of Saturn, Castor, and Pollux. The temple of Caesar, which was erected at the spot where Caesar was cremated, and a reconstruction of the Curia which was built on the site of the chamber of the Roman Senate. Excavation of this area still continues
Piazza Navona – the most famous square situated in the historic centre of Rome. The main attractions of this place are three huge fountains designed by the gifted Baroque Italian architect Bernini. The central and largest fountain is the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (fountain of the four rivers). It features four figures, each representing a river from a different continent – the Nile, Ganges, Danube and Rio della Plata. The statues are at the base of a rock supporting an obelisk. The two other ones are the Fontana di Nettuno (Neptune fountain) at the northern end and the Fontana del Moro (Moor fountain) at the southern end, both built by Giacomo della Porta. The last sight on the square is the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone. It was commissioned by the Pope Innocent X in 1652 and built on the site where, according to legend, St. Agnes was stripped naked, but miraculously saved from disgrace by extraordinary growth of hair. The front façade of the Baroque church was designed by Borromini, but the whole construction was finished by Bernini in 1670.