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Largo di Torre Argentina in Rome

The Area Sacra (Sacred Area) complex in Largo Argentina is delimited by Via Florida, Via di San Nicola de’ Cesarini, Via di Torre Argentina, and Largo Argentina. Four temples of the republican period discovered during the works performed in the surroundings between 1926 and 1928 are situated in the area. The name of the square comes from the Torre Argentina,...

The Abbey of Valvisciolo

The Abbey of Valvisciolo is situated in the territory of Sermoneta (Province of Latina in central Italy), at the foot of Mount Corvino. The history of this monastery is complex and the name also conceals part of a mystery. Valvisciolo might mean Valley of the Nightingale (vallis lusciniae) or Valley of the Wild Cherries. It is confirmed that the...

Mausoleum of Caecilia Metella

The mausoleum was built at the third mile of the Appian Way in the years 30-20 BCE, on a dominant position overlooking the road, just at the point of arrestation of a leucite lava flow ejected 260,000 years ago from the Alban Hills volcanic complex. It is a monumental tomb erected for a Roman noblewoman whose degrees of kinship are known, albeit...

Montefalco, passion for falcon hunting…

Montefalco takes its name from the passion for falcon hunting of Frederic II who spent an entire year here in 1249. Montefalco was already an important municipality in Roman times due to its dominant position above the valley connecting Spoleto and Perugia. From the 11th century the town flourished in the culture of the free communes and the Renaissance. The...

Pompeii Ruins

There is ample documentation of the Roman house in Pompeii, from modest dwellings to large and magnificent villas with sumptuous decorations, from simple workmen's houses to the elegant residences of the noble class, from the homes of merchants which were built around their workshops, to those with their own vegetable garden and plots of land used for agricultural purposes. The...

Bevagna medieval town

An ancient Umbrian centre, the first documentation of it coincides with the Roman conquest of Umbria, when the Romans took over the area and built the western Via Flaminia (220 BCE) and other roads connecting to it. In the year 90 BCE, the town became an important Roman municipality by the name of Mevania. In 1439 it became part...

San Gemini in Umbria Region

San Gemini, original pre-roman town called Casventum in Roman times, took on the present name in the 9th century, when a monk called Gemine from Syria began to preach there, instructing and doing so much good that the town became known as the city of "St. Gemine". Enjoying the favour of the Papal State, it became a township, and representing...

Terracina, a city of art and history

The City of Terracina is located in the "Agro Pontino" (a valley within the province of Latina), near to the mouth of the Amaseno river, on the Tyrrhenian coast of the Gaeta Gulf. The city is developed from the Monte Sant'Angelo, in the ridge of Monti Ausoni, where is located the old city center, until the seafront Circe. The...

Trajan Forum and Markets in Rome

The Forum of Trajan, which was inaugurated in 112 AD, completed the big monumental district of the Imperial Forums. The Column of Trajan was completed the following year, together with the renovations to the Temple of Venus Genetrix in the Forum of Caesar. In order to create the huge complex (300 x 185 m) space was obtained by cutting into...

Abbazia di Santa Croce di Sassovivo

The Abbazia di Sassovivo is located only a few kilometres from Foligno. It is one of the oldest examples of the Benedictine presence in the Spoletina valley. The abbey complex is enclosed by defence walls and is built around two courtyards (cloisters) surrounded by buildings that have been added over the years. The first of the cloisters is on the...

Norma medieval town

Situated at 410 m. on a sheer rocky spur (la Rave), this dominates the Pontine plain (Province of Latina, central Italy). The origins of the present town date from the Middle Age but its name is derived from the ancient Norba, destroyed by the Romans in 82 b.C. and never reconstructed, which stood at Civitas, approximately a kilometre away....

The Holy House of Loreto, outside the Basilica

An ancient tradition claims that the walls of the Shrine came from Nazareth, Galilee - the Holy House is the same House where Mary, Our Lady was born, grew, and received the angelic announcement. Loreto is a typical example of a Shrine that gave rise to a town; over the centuries, the vicissitudes of the city overlapped those of...

Falerone medieval village

The Roman centre of Falerio rises up in the Tenna Valley,  on the left hand side of the river in a territorial district  that was already intensely populated even in pre-Roman times.  Cited by Plinio (N.h. III, 111) among the centers of the Regio V augustea, its inhabitants were members of the Velina tribe.  The registrations bear witness to...

Gaeta: the wet-nurse of Aeneas

In Roman mythology, Caieta was the wet-nurse of Aeneas. The Roman poet Vergil locates her grave on the bay at Gaeta, to which she also gives her name. Rising on the spur of Monte Orlando is Gaeta, a maritime republic and holiday resort area since ancient Roman times, as evidenced by various vestiges remaining in the territory. Today's Gaeta is a bathing resort of the middle Tyrrhenian. The village, "Borgo", developed...

Carsulae Roman Town

Carsulae, an ancient Roman town erected along the course of the Flaminia Road, was abbandoned long-ago because of serious landslides which had rendered it necessary to move the seat of this important consular road. Not all of this interesting archeological area which is situated between Terni and Sangemini has been brought to light. However, the Forum area with the ruins...

Ascoli Piceno, some pictures

Piazza del Popolo “People’s Square” assumed its current rectangular aspect in the first half of the 1500’s with the addition of graceful columned porticoes which served to keep the disorderly artisans’ workshops hidden from view. They formed an aesthetic link with the massive pre-existent medieval buildings, the Captains’ Palace and the Church of S. Francesco. The result is an asset...

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