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The Streetles at M&J Place Hostel Rome

Markus Rieger and Oli Spielberger are currently on a 7week musical tour around Europe.
They rely solely on the money the make from their street music to pay for everything from transport to accommodation and food. Both boys come from Aschaffenburg in Germany and are taking a gap year to travel round with their music and hopefully improve on some of their skills.

Markus plays the guitar while Oli plays the upright bass and they both sing. Mainly they specialize in songs from English bands including the Beatles and the kooks but they also perform German songs among a range of others.

This is the first long solo trip that the guys have done together and they have planned it all themselves. They have even got postcards and their own website which is which they set up all for the tour. They are 3weeks in on the trip so far and it has all been a smooth ride in which they have already visited Prague, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona, and Rome just to name a few places.

In Rome, they selected M&J Place Hostel Rome, Italy

as a base to discover Rome.

They have a planned itinerary for there tour but only decide on how long they will stay in each place once they are there. So there are no set dates on where they will be at what time. The best way to follow their progress would be to check out their website as they regularly update it with what is happening on their travels. Some major cities they are still to visit are Venice, Paris, Amsterdam and Hamburg with more stops in between, so keep an ear out for them as they are hugely enjoyable to listen to.
We wish the boys best of luck with they rest of their travels round Europe.


Domus Aurea Rome Italy – The Golden House

Rome experience the Domus Aurea – Golden House
Was a large landscaped portico villa, designed to take advantage of artificially created landscapes built in the heart of Ancient Rome by the Emperor Nero after the Great Fire of Rome (64 AD) had cleared away the aristocratic dwellings on the slopes of the Esquiline Hill.

Built of brick and concrete in the few years between the fire and Nero’s suicide in 68, the extensive gold-leaf that gave the villa its name was not the only extravagant element of its decor: stuccoed ceilings were applied with semi-precious stones and veneers of ivory while the walls were frescoed, coordinating the decoration into different themes in each major group of rooms.

Domus Aurea – the Golden House

Though the Domus Aurea complex covered parts of the slopes of the Palatine, Esquiline and Caelian hills, with a man-made lake in the marshy bottomlands, the estimated size of the Domus Aurea is an approximation, as much of it has not been excavated. Some scholars place it at over 300 acres (1.2 km2), while others estimate its size to have been under 100 acres (0.40 km2).

Suetonius describes the complex as “ruinously prodigal” as it included groves of trees, pastures with flocks, vineyards and an artificial lake— rus in urbe, “countryside in the city”. Nero also commissioned from the Greek Zenodorus a colossal 35.5 m (120 RF) high bronze statue of himself, the Colossus Neronis.Pliny the Elder, however, puts its height at only 30.3 m (106.5 RF).

The statue was placed just outside the main palace entrance at the terminus of the Via Appia in a large atrium of porticoes that divided the city from the private villa. This statue may have represented Nero as the sun god Sol, as Pliny saw some resemblance.

This idea is widely accepted among scholarsbut some are convinced that Nero was not identified with Sol while he was alive.The face of the statue was modified shortly after Nero’s death during Vespasian’s reign to make it truly a statue of Sol.Hadrian moved it, with the help of the architect Decrianus and 24 elephants,to a position next to the Flavian Amphitheater.

This building took the name “Colosseum” in the Middle Ages, after the statue nearby, or, as some historians believe, because of the sheer size of the building.

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ROME modern and past in one city

Rome is the capital city of Italy and Lazio, and is Italy’s largest and most populous city, with more than 2.7 million residents, and a metropolitan area of almost 4 million inhabitants. It is located in the central-western portion of the Italian peninsula, on the Tiber river.

Rome stands on top of more than two and a half thousand years of history, was once the largest city in the world and the centre of Western civilisation. Rome is still the heart of Christianity, being seat of the Roman Catholic Church which controls the Vatican City as its sovereign territory, an enclave of Rome.

Today, Rome is a modern, cosmopolitan city, and the third most-visited tourist destination in the European Union. Due to its influence in politics, media, the arts and culture, Rome has been described as a global city.

Rome’s international airport, Fiumicino, is the largest in Italy and the city hosts the head offices of the vast majority of the major Italian companies, as well as the headquarters of three of the world’s 100 largest companies: Enel, ENI, and Telecom Italia.

As one of the few major European cities that escaped World War II relatively unscathed, central Rome remains essentially Renaissance and Baroque in character. The historic centre of Rome is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The ancient Romans were great conquors and they used their great might and power to gain large areas of land.In every new dominion that they conquored,they set out to “Romanize” the population in many ways.The main type of Romanization, however, was the development of new and glorious cities. All provincial cities followed a set plan and form and were built on a symmetrical scale.These cities always included at least one public bath and a public arena as it was consitered uncivilized by the Romans for any self respecting city within the empire to lack these necessities. Also,some major cities had a barracks which was located in the outskirts of the settlement.

The people of the 20th century are fortunate enough to have access to many Ancient Roman cities that have remained in very good cosmetic form throughout the centuries.Two of the best preserved cities in existance from the Roman world are Pompeii and Hercullanium.In 79 AD,the famous volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted and completly buried these towns under a deep covering of volcanic ash which left them untouched and undisturbed by the rest of the world until their excavations began in the early part of the 20th century.These cities have buildings and roads that are in such good condition that they tell us exactly what the average Roman city and town looked like so long ago.

With all pride the ancient Romans took in city planning, it is suprising to learn that Rome, itself, was a very poorly planned city.The Roman streets were crammed and were frequently over-travelled. Also, the Roman tennement buildings, the insulae,were crammed along the roadside and were way too tall.It is said that, in some areas of Rome, it was always dark due to the high buildings. Furthermore, unlike the planned cities which had straight and symmetrical roads, the roads of Rome were frequently jagged and antisymmetrical which made travel even more difficult. The main cause for this problem that Rome faced was that, unlike the planned cities, Rome was built over time and so the majority of the city was built before city design had reached it’s height.

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