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Welcome to the new thread of Italy, a new part of the collection of threads of the countries and cities of the world:




And this is the list of all the stuff shown in the thread, that I'll be also updating periodically, and it's sorted by Region/City and the Page Number, so that way you may find what you're looking for:



LAZIO

-Rome: Quick City Overview (Page 1)
-Rome: Colosseum (Page 1)
-Rome: From the Sightseeing Bus (Page 1)
-Rome: Palatine & Roman Forum (Page 1)


LOMBARD脥A

-Milan: From the High-Speed Rail (Page 1)


V脡NETO

-Venice: From the High-Speed Rail (Page1)
-Venice: From the Vaporetto (Page 1)
 

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Rome: Quick City Overview












City: Rome
Region: Lazio
Place: Quick City Overview








Rome is probably the most enigmatic city in the world. The Western Civilization was mostly molded in this particular Culture who started from the middle region of the Italian Peninsula and then expanded its borders in what it was the most intelligent and successful conquest of the History, previously using the wisdom of the Ancient Greeks, with a strong republican system who served a base for the development of the other areas of the daily life, especially in the Arts and the Urbanism/Architecture, both directly connected to the War and the Commerce who supported the whole system of the expansion of Rome. This city was interesting from the very beginning, at its first centuries of life, where the population went to more than 1 million people, a huge and surprising number for those times that forced the engineers to think on some really beautiful creations such as the aqueducts, the sewage system and the bridges over the Tiber River. After several decades of destruction executed by the barbarians and when it entered the Middle Age, the city of Rome somehow managed to keep some of its splendor, though it never got to became again the center of the Mediterranean life, especially with the appearance of new powerful cities in the north such as Venice, Genoa, Milan and Florence. In the following centuries, many famous icons would lose its glory, such as the Colosseum and the Circus Maximus, and many others would emerge, suchs as the Basilica of San Pietro at the 17th Century, the Fontana Di Trevi, and even the gorgeous Monumento a Vittorio Emanuelle II and the beginning of the 20th Century. Nowdays, Rome could be considered a huge open museum, with hundreds of buildings and places from all the historical periods, combined with the chaos of the new Italian life. You can literally feel all of the generations who lived there when you visit the city. After all, most of our roots as were born there.




















































































 

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Rome: Colosseum












City: Rome
Region: Lazio
Place: Colosseum







The Colosseum is nowadays one of the greatest icons of the Humanity. It managed to survive for over more than two millenniums and it shows some dark sides of the entertainment as a regulator of the social mood. It was built during the periods of the emperors Vespasian, Titus and Domitian (of the Flavian Dinasty), in the same place of a smaller amphitheater who was destroyed on the Great Fire of Rome (64 A.D.). Though it鈥檚 famous for the gladiator fights and the huge spectacles with elevator systems and underground passageways, in most of its 2000 years it actually was used as a cemetery, for secret rituals, as a fortress, for ceremonies of the Catholic Church and even as a resource center for those who stole the noble materials of the facades and the rocks of the structure, far away from the romantic image we have of the building itself.










 

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Rome: Palatine Hill & Roman Forum












City: Rome
Region: Lazio
Place: Palatine Hill & Roman Forum








Rome was always known for its Seven Hills. One of them, maybe the most touristically relevant, is the Palatine Hill. Placed just in front of the Colosseum, between the Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum, it鈥檚 nowadays a huge complex of ruins and old underground constructions of the Roman Empire. The most interesting side of the Palatine are the temples and the hidden palaces like the House of Augustus, the Domus Aurea and the Temple of Cybele. Along with the top of San Peter鈥檚 Basilica and the observation deck of the Monumento a Vittorio Emanuelle II, it also has the vest panoramic views of the city of Rome.













 

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Roma from the Sightseeing Bus


This is Rome from the first floor of the Sightseeing Bus, starting at the Roma Termini Central Station and ending at the Mausoleo di Augusto:








High-Speed Rail: from Milan to Venice


A look at the italian towns, countryside and metropolitan areas of Venice and Milan, starting in Milano Central station and finishing at Venezia Santa Luc铆a. All of this from the passenger view of the Trenitalia High-Speed Rail:








Venice from the Vaporetto


And this is Venice from the Vaporetto the main public transportation of the city:


 
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