Travelog

FROM The man in the front seat / May 15, 2014

Trevi Fountain (Rome)

In 19BC Marcus Agrippa, as Consul of Rome, ordered the construction of an aqueduct, Acqua Vergine,  to supply water to the centre of Rome. Legend has it that Roman soldiers were guided by a young girl  to a source of pure water, Salone Springs, some twenty kilometres away from the city. The girl was believed to be a virgin, hence the name of the aqueduct. More than 2000 years later, and after few renovations, water still follows the same path ending in various destinations around Rome. One of these is […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / May 8, 2014

Colosseum

One of the most photographed sites, not only in Italy, but all of Europe is the Colosseum. Officially named the Antiteatro Flavio (Flavian Amphitheatre), it was begun in 70AD and needed only ten year to complete, being finished in 80AD during a period known as the Flavian Dynasty. Considered one of the greatest pieces of Roman architecture and engineering the building is, still today, the largest amphitheatre in the world. In is prime it could hold more than 50,000 spectators and was used for gladiator contests, animal hunts, battle re-enactments […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 22, 2013

Spanish Steps (Rome)

Rome has many wonderful monuments that are known worldwide , one of those is the Spanish Steps Organised by Étienne Gueffier, the steps were a symbolic creation linking the Spanish Embassy in Piazza di Spagna (which was controlled by the Spanish Bourbon family) to the Trinità dei Monti Church (which was under the French Bourbon patronage). 135 steps link the two areas creating a staircase that was designed by Francesco di Sanctis completing it in 1725. At the base of the stairs, in Piazza de Spagna, is the Fontana della […]

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