Category Archives: Mussolini’s Rome

Rome’s best swimming pool

Finding a swimming pool in Rome is no easy task. There are a few but they tend to be part of rather outdated yet expensive private sports clubs. One of them however stands out: the mosaic swimming pool built as … Continue reading

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20th century martyrs near the via Appia

The via Appia is well known for its catacombs, or underground burial chambers, where the first Christian martyrs were buried. St Sebastian’s catacomb is one of the most famous and maybe one of the most visited. However, just around the … Continue reading

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Futuristic Rome in the EUR district

Like many people, I have a fascination for the futuristic EUR district on the outskirt of Rome and its landmark, the famous Palazzo della Civiltà, also known as the Square Colosseum, built under Mussolini. It is said that the number … Continue reading

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Emperor Augustus’s testament at the Ara Pacis

At the end of his busy life, the first Roman emperor Augustus (63BC -14AD)  wrote a testament in which he described all his achievements as a ruler. The famous text is known as the Res gestae, from its introductory line … Continue reading

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In Monti behind the Colosseum

One of my favourite neighbourhoods in Rome is Rione Monti, located between the via Nazionale (which runs from piazza Repubblica to the Quirinale) and via Cavour (connecting Termini train station to the via dei Fori Imperiali). The area includes some … Continue reading

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