R O M E
the Papal City
May XXV - XXX
Launched June 2000
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Virtual Rome of most of the monuments
Ancient Rome Papal Rome Via Appia Antica
Castel S.Angelo was built originally as the tomb of the Emperor Hadrian, 2nd century A.D., but Aurelian, 3rd century, had it made into a fortress, part of his namesake wall.
Twelve angels are guarding the bridge and most of them have an emblem with a text on the sockel. This one reads: Vulnerasti cor meum, saying: Thou hast wounded my heart. Piazza Navona owes its rectangular form to the fact that it was built over the former Stadium of Domitian. The design was made by Bernini who also executed the Fountain of the Four Rivers.
Intimately embedded squares and fountains like Navona and Trevi are the lungs of Rome, always filled with people, drinking, talking, laughing, walking, from morning till late into the night After visiting St.Peter's church we passed under one of the porches in the curtain wall of the Vatican and through the papal city walked to the Castel San Angelo
More than once a pope all but saved his life, leaving the Vatican in haste by the hidden way on top of the wall to take refuge into the Castel, fleeing before his enemies From the deep shadows of a narrow street, suddenly there is a bright little square with outdoor restaurants and all around incredibly sensuous fašades
and from here you may take a right turn, unsuspecting, and before you fully realize where you are, there before you is the Pantheon massively bearing its age
Virtual Tour, pictures by Virtual Rome of most of the monuments