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Reborn Italy Tours – Chapter 1: Rome, The Eternal City

Wish you were in Italy? Reborn Italy Tours Series is a sequence of virtual tours that will take you to Italy from the comfort of your home.

I read once that Italy is the country that travel was invented for, and I couldn’t agree more. People visit Italy for its rich culture, cuisine, history, fashion and art, beautiful coastline and beaches, mountains, and priceless ancient monuments. There are an incredible number of places, towns, and villas to visit. My list is huge! And I would love to virtually take you to some of these places.

So whether you have Italy in your bucket list or not, this is a great opportunity to learn and enjoy this beautiful country full of history and magical places. You will experience a collection of Italian cultural sites and places from different sources, all together, for your easy access.

Let’s start getting a taste of Italy with our first chapter: Rome, The Eternal City

Did you know?

  • Italy is the fifth most visited countries in international tourism arrivals.
  • 63.2 million Tourists visited Italy in 2018.
  • Italy contains 55 World Heritage Sites, which is more than any other country in the world. (Source: Wikipedia)

CHAPTER 1: ROME, THE ETERNAL CITY

There is no better way to kick off this series than starting with Rome, the capital city of Italy, whose history spans 28 centuries.

Rome has a nickname that dates back more than two thousand years: The Eternal City. The epithet of ‘The Eternal City’ or La Città Eterna, as the Italians know it, is thought by scholars to have originally been used in the first century by the poet Tibullus. The idea of Rome as an everlasting city came about due to the strength and power of the empire in ancient times. For citizens who witnessed the empire stretched across Europe and parts of Africa, it seemed incomprehensible that Rome could possibly have an end.

Romans believed that their city was the peak of the world, and their views were backed up by other prominent poets who began using the title in their own work. Fast-forward to our modern era and the name still hasn’t lost its touch. Though the days of the Roman Empire are long gone, the city itself really does seem eternal, even after all these centuries. (Source: thetravel.com).

A week would not be enough to experience all that Rome has to offer. From historic tours of its ancient landmarks through churches, museums, fountains and piazzas. Anyone can be delighted experiencing the magic of Rome.

A Walk in Rome

I like to start this adventure with a virtual walk through some of the most visited landmarks where you will be able to see the narrow streets, the colorful buildings, the unique piazzas, the restaurants with outside tables, and experience how wonderful could be to visit Rome. The walk is divided in six videos for a total time of 108 minutes, starting in Piazza del Popolo and ending in St. Peter’s Basilica. So get you coffee, tea or glass of wine and let’s take a walk in Rome.

Rome

  • Piazza del Popolo to Spanish Steps. Our walk starts in the Porta del Popolo (meaning Door of the People), gate of the Aurelian Walls in Rome, that leads to Piazza del Popolo
    (meaning The People’s Square), which for centuries was a place for public executions, the last one took place in 1826. Then, you will see the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, the Flamino Obelisk or Popolo Obelisk, the Twin Churches of Santa Maria di Montesano and Santa Maria dei Miracoli, and continues to the popular shopping street, Via del Corso, to the Spanish Square or Piazza di Spagna and finally the Spanish Steps or Scalinata di Spagna (Italian). This video lasts 14 minutes.
Spanish Steps
Spanish Steps or Scalinata di Spagna
  • Spanish Steps to Trevi Fountain. In this video we moved from the Spanish Steps to one of the most stunning fountain in Rome, the Trevi Fountain or Fontana di Trevi (Italian). You will see the view from the top of the Spanish Steps, the Church of Trinita dei Monti, the Fountain of the Ugly Boat or Fontana della Baracaccia, Piazza Mignanelli, the church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte, and the Trevi Fountain. This fountain is a 17th-century Baroque masterpiece standing some 85 feet (26 meters) high and is approximately 160 feet (49 meters) wide. According to legend, those who toss coins into its waters will return to Rome, so don’t forget to do it when you visit the Fontana de Trevi. This video lasts 15 minutes.

    Trevi Fountain
    Trevi Fountain or Fontana di Trevi
  • Trevi Fountain to the Pantheon. We continue our walk from the Trevi Fountain to the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods of pagan Rome and the best preserved Ancient Roman monument. On our way we will see the Column of Marcus Aurelius, the Obelisk of Montecitorio, Temple of Adrian ruins, until finally arrived and entered into the Pantheon, so you have the chance to see the inside of the Pantheon. This video lasts 21 minutes.

    The Pantheon Roma
    The Pantheon
  • Pantheon to Piazza Navona. This video of 15 minutes shows the Pantheon, Piazza la Rotonda, Pasquino or Speaking Statue, Museum of Rome or Museo di Roma, and Piazza Navona. This piazza has three impressive fountains showing an impressive Renaissance and Baroque architecture. It also has a numerous open-air bars, pizzerias, restaurants, cafes, stalls and artists. At night, it’s one of the liveliest squares in Rome.

    Piazza Navona
    Piazza Navona
  • Piazza Navona to St. Peter’s Square. The final part of our walk is from Piazza Navona to St. Peter’s Square or Piazza San Pietro (Italian) and lasts 23 minutes. We will take Via dei Coronari street, which is a cozy little street knows for its art and antique shops as well as odd clothing interior, jewelry and bookshops. You will pass by Piazza of St. Simon and will walk over Ponte Sant’Angelo which is a bridge over the Tiber River and goes directly to Castel Sant’Angelo also known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian. It was used as fortress and castles by the popes and today it’s a museum. Then, you will take Via della Conciliazione Street, which goes straight to St. Peter’s Square and St. Peter’s Basilica. The square was designed by Gian Bernini. It measures 320 by 240 meters and contains 284 columns and an Egyptian Obelisk in its center. There are 140 statues of saints above the front columns.

    St Peter's Square
    St. Peter’s Square or Piazza San Pietro
  • St. Peter’s Basilica. Our last stop in this enjoyable walk is St. Peter’s Basilica or Basilica di San Pietro (Italian) which is simply fascinating. One of the finest attractions in Rome with many art masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque, including the most famous sculpture of the Pietà by Michelangelo. Also called New St. Peter’s Basilica, it took 120 years to complete and it’s the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture as its beautiful architecture is one of its most impressive features.
  • Piazza San Pietro
    St. Peter’s Basilica or Basilica di San Pietro

Notes:

Ancient Landmarks

One can’t help but be amazed by the historic ruins and monuments that Rome offers to anybody who visits it. The city, well-known per its ancient Empire, has a treasure of history and culture to discover and enjoy, offering the most popular landmarks and monuments around the world. So let’s get your dose of culture and history of some of the most famous ancient landmarks in Rome.

Colosseum

The Colosseum
or Colosseo (Italian), a monumental construction with almost 2000 years, stands as the largest amphitheater ever built and one of the most significant and iconic symbols of Rome. Situated in the archaeological heart of Rome, it welcomes visitors from all around the world, who are attracted by the fascination of its history and its complex architecture.

Check out these options of virtual visits to the Colosseum:

  • Roman Colosseum and Ancient Rome Interactive Virtual Tour from Photopl.com. It shows 360° virtual tour from outside and inside of Colosseum.
  • 360° Photos of the Roman Colosseum from AirPano. It shows amazing 360° panoramic photos from above the Colosseum from different angles and heights (up to 100 meters), also the Colosseum at sunset and at night, and a view of the city of Rome. They are very impressive.
  • The Colosseum Virtual Walking Tour in 4k from ProWalks. This is a virtual walk in 4K of the Colosseum. In this walk you see all 4 levels of the Colosseum, including the arena floor and the infamous underground, the Hypogeum. It lasts xx minutes
  • Colosseum: The Whole Story. This series found in Amazon Video shows the story of the Colosseum in two parts: from its ancient beginnings, Preserving the Past, to the groundbreaking renovation when it was still in progress, Marks of Time.Coloseo

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum or (Italian) Foro Romano was first developed in the 7th century BC to become the main center of the Ancient Roma, where religious, political, commercial, and public life took place. Its size was 170 meters by 250 meters. The Forum is today a collection of ruins of architectural pieces and periodic archaeological excavations. However, the Forum along with the Colosseum, are the most visible sign of the richness and magnificence of the Roman Empire.

Palatine Hill

The Palatine is the most famous of Rome’s seven hills. In Ancient Rome it was considered one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city, and was the home of aristocrats and emperors. It was also believed to be the location of the Lupercal (the cave where Romulus and Remus were found by the she-wolf). Today, the Palatine is an extensive archaeological site, where the ruins of the Flavian Palace and Stadium of Domitian can still be seen, along with the legendary Hut of Romulus. The remains of the House of Augustus and the House of Livia have also recently been opened to the public, and are worth visiting for their amazing, well-preserved frescoes. (Source: romaexperience.com)

Palatine Hill
Palatine Hill or Palatino

Notes:

Most of the virtual visits and video are sourced by Airpano, Photo JPL, and ProWalks

  • Airpano has been taking photos of the most significant and interesting corners of the Earth since 2006.
  • ProWalks Tours is a YouTube channel dedicated to making walking tour videos in 4K that include 3D audio, titles and captions. This YouTube channel is redefining travel by giving you the best guided walking tours, drone tours and scooter tours
  • Photo JPL is a company based on Montreal, offering high quality interactive virtual tour solutions using 360 degrees panoramic photography.

What a day!

We just had a taste of Rome and I would like to close this chapter with this 360° video of Rome
from Airpano that summarizes the beauty of Rome seen as aerial panoramas

I hope you have enjoyed as much as I did. Rome is such a magical city that the many options of things to do and enjoy seem to be eternal. That’s why the next chapter of this Reborn Italy Series will be our visit to the Museums in Rome.

Arrivederchi and Buona Fortuna!

Just Love Italy

Mirlay Castillo

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