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Spanish Steps (Piazza di Spagna), Rome, Italy
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The Spanish Steps are an amazing wonder where three distinct elements of urban decor-a fountain, a flight of steps and a church meet. The Steps  have become a monument in their own right. They were built to unite Via del Babuino (the easternmost of the three main arteries radiating into the city from the Piazza del Popolo) with Via Felice, the first great street planned by Sixtus V (1585). Their junction is crossed at an approximate right angle by Via Condotti, which defines the direction toward St. Peter's and the Vatican.

The very rich and varied solution ultimately employed by De Sanctis (1723-26) is based on a simple doubling in depth of the central theme from the Ripetta: a protruding volume flanked by convex stairs and a straight flight in front. The upper unit presents the theme in its basic form; the lower constitutes an articulate and lively variation.
Address: Piazza di Spagna ,Rome, 00187 Italy

The Pantheon, Rome, Italy
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Dedicated to the seven planetary divinities and featuring an interior of gorgeous marble, the Pantheon is one of the most impressive monuments of Augustan Rome. It is one of the greatest and most beautiful spiritual structures in the world. Commissioned by Marcus Agrippa, it was rebuilt by Hadrian, who wanted to add a dome to it. The dome has a span of 43.2 m (142 feet) and is made of stepped rings of solid concrete with decreasing density as lighter aggregate (pumice) is used, diminishing in thickness to about 1.2 m (4 feet) at the edge of the oculus. Pope Boniface IV turned The Pantheon into a church in the early 7th century. The entrance is through one great circular room, with impressive Bronze doors. The interior volume is a cylinder, above which rises the hemispherical dome. The diameter at the floor of the cylinder is 43.3 m (143 feet). The only source of light in the building is from the dome. As the sun moves, striking patterns of light illuminate the walls.
Address: Piazza della Rotonda Rome, 00186 Italy Phone: 06 6830 0230

Jewish Ghetto, Rome, Italy
The Jewish Ghetto was built in 1555, when Pope Paul IV restricted all Jews to a small area of the city. Today, the walls of ghetto no longer exists after its demolition in 1848 when Italy became a republic. However, Rome was still under Papal rule. Only after the unification of Italy in 1870 did the Jews finally acquire equal rights. Today, you can find wonderful eating places with cross-cultural dishes, and a beautiful synagogue with a small museum inside. Many Jewish families live here. Try some of Kosher burgers and other mouth watering Jewish-Roman foods!

The Church of Saint Clement (Basilica di San Clemente), Rome, Italy
The Church of Saint Clement is a group of three churches built one over the another. The entrance is through 12th Century Church which was lies on top of a 4th Century church. The Church of Saint Clements is very close to the Coliseum, try to visit them together in the same day. Below the ground you can see excavations. This is also the site of the beautiful Mithraen temple. Address: Via Labicana 95, Rome, Italy Phone: 06 7045 1018

Capitoline Museum (Museo Capitolino), Rome, Italy
The Capitoline Museum features the Old Masters of Great Renaissance and Baroque paintings such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt and Vermeer. The museum has two buildings connected together with a tunnel which overlooks the Roman Forum.
Address: Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome,Italy

Campo de' Fiori Rome, Italy
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Campo de’Fiori was named after the woman who Pompey was in love with. This was also where public executions were carried out. A fountain dedicated to Giordano Bruno who was burnt to death in 1600 is constructed here (Bruno was the first public proponent of heliocentricity). You can also find some of the most authentic Italian cuisine here. Address: Piazza Campo de' Fiori ,Rome, 00186 Italy

Castel Sant' Angelo Rome, Italy
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This monumental construction was started in 135 AD as a mausoleum for emperor Hadrian. It was completed by Antonius Pius in 139 AD. In 271 AD, it was converted into a fortress for defense. In 1277 it was occupied by Nicholas II who connected it to the Vatican by the famous corridor, a safety passage which runs along the top of the encircling wall of the Vatican. The Castle is divided into five floors:
Floor I, the starting point of the famous winding ramp, about 400 feet long.
Floor II, or floor of the prisons consisting of various cells
Floor III, or military floor
Floor IV, also known as Papal floor , consists of magnificent rooms with frescoes by Giulio Romano, Perin del Vaga, etc.
Floor V, the top floor with a big terrace. You can have a fine panoramic view of the city from here.

Dome Aurea (Domus Aurea di Nerone) Rome,Italy
The interior of Domus Aurea is covered with gemstones, gold and ivory. The ceilings have openings to create showers of flowers and perfume with ivory tiles and coating around the openings. A circular opening in the roof of the banquet hall creates an illusion as if the room is revolving. It can be quite cold in here, even during the summer; so take a sweater with you! Address: Via della Domus Aurea (Cancello Colle Oppio) Rome, 00184 Italy Phone: 06 8530 1755

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