Tag - Palatine Hill

June 2015

Morgan Freeman films Ben Hur remake in Rome

  We can’t wait for 2016 to watch the new Ben Hur movie with Morgan Freeman, that just wrapped up filming in Rome, made by MGM, Paramount and Timur Bekmambetov. Freeman plays the role of Ildarin, the man who teaches the slave Ben-Hur to become a champion-caliber chariot racer.They’ve set a February 26, 2016, release date on the epic remake, that is based [...]

March 2015

Gladiator school in Rome

   Meet the Gladiators of Ancient Rome at the Gladiator School Bring Rome to life, with the Gladiator Training Day, fun for kids, and just as much fun for the adults to watch and take photos, before taking home your very own Gladiator training certificate. Learn the moves with the official choreographer who stages Roman battle re enactments for [...]

Rome’s maze of beautiful ancient underground houses

   Rome is a maze of ancient, medieval and Baroque masterpieces. What lies beneath today’s Rome, though, is a wealth of ancient Roman ‘domus’ (houses), dating from around the 3rd century AD. These sites tell us that the Romans were not only masters of engineering, but that they also embellished their halls and dining rooms, with mosaics, marbles and magnificent fresco paintings. Want to [...]

Through the keyhole: Secret Rome

Just when you thought Rome couldn’t get any more beautiful, think again. Through a special, secret keyhole awaits the most breath taking boulevard, dotted with trees that frame the view of Michelangelo’s Dome of the Vatican City. Walking up to this beautiful door, is one of the best ways to breathe in a bit of fresh, green air, and enjoy a [...]

February 2015

Aperitivo inside an ancient Roman stadium

        An aperitivo, in an ancient Roman stadium, underground. Feel like an archaeologist, with a glass of wine. They say all roads lead to Rome, but if you sight see with us, roads lead underneath ancient Rome, to the hidden corners of the old city. Allow us to show you around this once in a lifetime opportunity, and recently uncovered site. Sample [...]

January 2015

Minerva

Minerva, Rome’s multi tasking deity, was the Roman goddess of wisdom, war and medicine. Not to mention, weaving, crafts and magic. She is depicted with an owl, for wisdom and a shield, to represent her status as warrior goddess and is the Roman version of the Greek goddess Athena. Like Athena, Minerva was born from the head of her [...]

January 2014

Ruins from the Flavian Dynasty in Rome

Remains from Domitian’s Palace on Palatine Hill Part of Rome’s charm and appeal is the juxtaposition of the modern with the ancient as traces of nearly all eras of the Eternal City’s past can be found throughout. Just like the Julio-Claudian Dynasty, there are ruins remaining from the Flavian Dynasty, the Roman Empire’s second reigning dynasty. Here are some of [...]

Remains from the Julio-Claudian Dynasty in Rome

The obelisk in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, which was brought to Rome by Caligula Although the Julio-Claudian dynasty ended in flames as the Great Fire of Rome occurred during the reign of Nero, the dynasty’s fifth and final Emperor, there are still remains to be found from this era all throughout Rome. Five of our favorites are listed below. 1) [...]