My Life - So Far

"Unbounded ambition makes an obscure existence simply impossible for me"
Lucien de Rubempré

Monday, February 20, 2006

Rome VIII



The Colosseum is probably the most impressive building of the Roman empire and the largest amphitheatre built in Ancient Rome. Originally capable of seating 50,000 spectators, it was once used for gladiatorial combat. Construction was initiated by Emperor Vespasian and completed by his sons, Titus and Domitian, between AD 72 and AD 81.

Sad but true:
The marble that originally covered the facade was reused in constructions or burned to make quicklime. During the Renaissance, but mostly in the 16th and 17th centuries, the ruling Roman families (from which many popes came) used it as a source of marble for the construction of St. Peter's Basilica and the private palazzi of Roman families such as the Barberini.

Quandiu stabit coliseus, stabit et Roma
Quando cadit coliseus, cadet et Roma
Quando cadet Roma, cadet et mundus.

(As long as the Colosseum stands, so shall Rome)
(When the Colosseum falls, so shall Rome)
(When Rome falls, so shall the world)

This is a fact: Italy is bloody famous for food. Pizza, Spaghetti, Gnocchi, Risotto as well as sweets like Tiramisu and Gelati. One restaurtant you should check out is Trattoria Pizzeria Luzzi, Via San Giovanni in Laterano 88 near the Colosseum. Guests are mainly italians and the fantastic tasting food is 100% homemade. So it's an ideal spot for people looking for authentic italian food in a good atmosphere without being interrupted by noisy tourists.

If you're not italian, please don't visit this restaurant. Its authentic style might get lost! :-)

2 Comments:

At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your are Nice. And so is your site! Maybe you need some more pictures. Will return in the near future.
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