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Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II


All roads lead to Rome! If you are taking a walk in the center of Rome, you cannot miss the white huge building. Experience the greatness of the monument and Italian conception of the architecture of the late 1800’s. What is it all about?

One of Rome’s most controversial landmarks, the Vittorio Emanuele Monument occupies a site between the Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill.Victor Emmanuel II was the first monarch of Italy in the mid to late 1800’s. This monument was built of white Brescian marble. It is often ridiculed because of its harsh white color in a city of more muted golden-beige architecture. The Vittoria Emanuele Monument is probably Italy’s most flamboyant landmark.

Monument to Vittorio Emanuel II

The Monument in is commonly known by few nicknames, and most of them aren’t flattering. Locally known as “The Vittoriano”, “The Typewriter,” “The False Teeth,” or “The Wedding Cake”. The monument holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with an eternal flame, built under the statue of Italy after World War I following an idea of General Giulio Douhet. The body of the unknown soldier was chosen on October 26, 1921 from amongst 11 unknown remains by Maria Bergamas, a woman from Gradisca d’Isonzo whose only child was killed during World War I.

The most popular attraction at the Vittorio Emanuele Monument is the glass-walled elevator to the top, called “Rome from the Sky.” From the top of the monument, you get one of the best views of Rome from anywhere in the city. It overlooks the Forum, and allows visitors to ride up to the roof for 360 degree views of Rome. This panoramic view is one of the greatest gifts that the eternal city might offer.

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Public holidays are simply indescribable. Everyone knows exactly when they are and everyone looks forward to them. Don’t miss the opportunity to sleep more, to relax and to enjoy your free-time and yourself, as one of the most well-known public holiday is approaching. May Day occurs on the 1st of May and refers to several public holidays. In many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organised by the unions, anarchist, and socialist groups. This public holiday is celebrated in most of the countries all over the world. So, celebrate your rights by taking some time for yourself!

1 Maggio Roma

How it all began? In the late nineteenth century, the working class was in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour work day. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hour days in unsafe conditions. Death and injury were commonplace at many work places. In addition, at that time socialism was a new and attractive idea to working people, many of whom were drawn to its ideology of working class control. A century ago, on May 1, 1886, a general strike broke across the United States. Within days it would culminate in the events forever associated with the name Haymarket. In 1889 the founding congress of a new, second, Marxist International named that day, May Day, for worldwide actions of the proletariat.

The five-day 40-hour week was achieved almost a century later in 1948. Today the Labour Day march is a celebration of organised labour’s achievements on behalf of the worker. For those, who are working it is important to note the difference the day initially made to the general treatment and well-being of the working class and where the working class would be if the day had never come about at all. A memorial statue with the numerals 888, representing 8 hours of work, 8 hours of recreation, and 8 hours of rest, sits on the corner of Lygon Street and Victoria Parade in Melbourne, Australia to this day. No without a reason it is said that the international Labour Day truly is a milestone in history.

There are always a lot of things happening on the 1st of May. Take a chance to take a look at various parades, celebration concerts and ceremonies. Discover the various traditions and customs related with Labour Day. Experience what is all about. For example, in some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. Take a chance to discover the diversity!

In Rome go and see the COncert on Piazza San Giovanni

Caravaggio in Rome till 20th of June, 2010


Most of the artists receive recognition after the death. Ironically, famous while he lived, Caravaggio was forgotten almost immediately after his death, and it was only in the 20th century that his importance to the development of Western art was rediscovered. 2010 marks the 400th anniversary of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s death. His intensely emotional realism and dramatic use of lighting had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting. He was 39 when he died and had spent half of his life painting professionally. Discover the best creations of this great man. The exhibition is open from the 20th of February to 20th of June, 2010. The exhibit is held at the Scuderie del Quirinale, a museum fashioned from the stables of Rome’s Quirinal Palace.
Caravaggio Rome
A man who revolutionized the art world with his realism and intensity. The show brings together 24 paintings from museums across Europe and the United States. Why to explore his creations in Rome? First of all, because the Rome exhibition is organized chronologically and divided into the three main periods of Caravaggio’s short career. In his first stage, Caravaggio often used green as a predominant background color. In the second phase, red is the dominant color. In in the last stage dubbed “flight,” figures are often set in gray. In addition, Italy was the country that has influenced the artist for many years. Every canvas and panel in the show is an authenticated, universally-accepted work from Caravaggio’s hand. The master of light, shadow, and emotion is back! Rediscover.

Trained in Milan under a master who had himself trained under Titian, Caravaggio moved to Rome in his early 20s. Huge new churches and palazzi were being built in Rome in the decades of the late 16th and early 17th Centuries, and paintings were needed to fill them. That is how the career of this great man began. The artist, who experienced an early fame was known as a notorious drinker and bar brawler. His death was unexpected for most of the so-called higher society members. Caravaggio was wounded in a fight in a tavern in Naples and died of a fever in July 1610. However, there is still wide debate on the real cause of his death.

Italian artist Caravaggio was known for his realistic paintings and a unique use of the color palette. If you can get to Caravaggio in Rome, run and do not forget to enjoy. This isn’t likely to happen again in our lifetimes. A man who created the history of art should be appreciated. And the best time to do it is coming. Discover the different conception of arts.

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The Catacombes of Rome


Rome has over forty different catacombe sites encorporating Pageans, Jewish and Chrsitian burials of which the latter account for the majority. The phenomian of the rome catacombes originates from two main factors. The first of these is that ancient roman law forbid burial within the walls of the city and many early christians were amoung the poorest echelons of society and could not afford land for burial sites. Fortunately the volcanic rock under rome called tufo is soft and hardens when exposed to air for a long time making it ideal for tunneling.

Rome Catacombs

The Chirstian catacombs of rome are of particular importance for undersatnding early christianity as they contain early examples of christian art in the form of frescos and sculptures. This paleochristian art is full of symbolism and is heavy influenced by pegan classical graeco-roman style. Comon objects depicted are; peacocks (Symbol of enternal life) anchors (hope in jesus) and doves (peace and happiness).

Several of the catacombes open to the public are located along the Via Appia which begins at Porta San Sebastiano and was the ‘queen’ of ancient roman roads stretching south east across italy to the coast at Brindisi. The 3 catacombes open to the public along the Via Appia are; Catacombs of St. Callixtus (Catacombe di San Callisto), Catacombs of St. Domitilla (Catacombe di San Domitilla) and Catacombs of St. Sebastian (Catacombe di San Sebastiano). These can be reached by getting 118 bus from outside the colosseum.

Of these the Catacomb of St. Callixtus are the largest with over 12 miles of tunnels covering 33 acres with five different levels and containing the remains of half a million christians. Of those buired here are 9 3rd century popes. The Catacomb opens from 9-12 and 2-5.30 and cost €6 for a 25 minute guided tour avalible in most languages. So if your looking for a different expereince whilist in Rome then the catacombs are deffinately worth visiting.

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