What’s new in Ancient Rome?
Rome: June 23, 2012
Rome is so ancient what could possibly be new? For visitors it is all the great things hidden in plain sight! There are so many places to see and some great views of the city that few get to enjoy. I will show you some of these here and in future posts.
Like our little film with Frankie and Benny (see post below) I will start at Piazza Venezia. You really can’t miss the “wedding cake monument” in the very centre of Rome – one of the city’s most striking buildings: Love it or hate it, you certainly can’t ignore “Il Vittoriano” (designed by Giuseppe Sacconi in 1885 – see Wikipedia).
What is overlooked, however, is the fabulous view of Rome you can get from the Terrace of the Quadrigas at the top of the monument. If you get the chance to go up in the glass lift to the viewing platform you will be rewarded! Have a look at this video.
I say if you get the chance because when I rang the information office (06 69202049) to check the price for this service they told me that it had been closed for a few days and they didn’t know when it would be open again. I asked if it would be closed all summer and the lady replied she didn’t know. Not really surprising in Italy, but we live in hope!
Beautiful photos taken from Il Vittoriano hosted on TripAdvisor.
Great photos taken from the Terrace of the Quadrigas hosted on Virtual Tourist.
If you visit il Vittoriano you might enjoy the Central Museum of the Risorgimento . For info on the Museum see the Rome tourist site (in English) and the official site of the Risorgimento Museum (in Italian only). Or read a brief history of the Risorgimento (the Unification of Italy) on Wikipedia if you want to know the background.