The Bridges in Rome

Ponte Rotto "Broken Bridge"

Rome has many bridges crossing the only river that runs through the middle of the old city, and they have a long and complex history.
Like many other ancient civilisations did, the ancient city of Rome was founded by a river, the Tiber. Setting the city next to a river, not only provided the Romans with a food supply through fishing, but also drinking water for the people. The river Tiber was also very important to Roman trade and commerce through to the Mediterranean sea, providing access to northern Europe, North Africa, Asia and the populations which faced the Mediterranean sea. Read More …

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Gianicolo Hill Cannon

cannon

Did you know that every day at exactly midday, a cannon is fired on Gianicolo hill, just a little below the Garibaldi monument?
If you ever happen to be here make sure, a few minutes before midday, that you do not miss the chance to hear the cannon being fired. The story behind this happening is quite funny and witty. In fact in the old days having a watch was too expensive and luxurious. People on those times relied, then, on the midday church ringing. The problem was that every church would ring their noon at different times.
So, from 1847 the Pope in charge, Pio IX, introduced this procedure to regularize all the churches’ bells. Read More …

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Trajan column

Piazza Venezia

Just beneath the Quirinal hill, one of the seven on which Rome was founded, and between Piazza Venezia and the Coliseum, stands one of my favourite spots, the Trajan column.

Built from 107-113 AD in the “Foro di Traiano” as a commemoration of the victory over the Dacia, what it is now called Romania. The Column represents also, amazingly, the height of the Quirinale’s hill before being dismantled. In fact 61 millions of cubic meters of soil were removed from the above hill to make room for this pilaster. Something that even nowadays will be unbelievable. Read More …

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