Bed and Rome and Breakfast - 3 B&B in Rome: novembre 2018

lunedì 12 novembre 2018

9 PICTURES OF ROME - MUSEUM OF THE AURELIAN WALLS

Aurelian Walls


Just walk few minutes from the St. John Villa and you will find, at Porta San Sebastiano at the beginning of the Appian Way, a small and free museum, the Museum of the Aurelian Walls.


Just walk over the wall, the largest and best preserved monument from ancient Rome, and look at the green landscape south of Rome.

















Do you want to discover the hidden Rome? Just reserve your room at the St. John Villa Bed & Breakfast


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martedì 6 novembre 2018

OFFERTA PARCHEGGIO - ST. JOHN VILLA ROMA


Torna anche quest'anno l'offerta per di fine autunno del St. John Villa, il parcheggio gratuito per tutto il mese di novembre e fino al 20 dicembre 2018.
L'offerta è valida per coloro che prenoteranno tramite il nostro sito www.stjohnvilla.it o direttamente per telefono, su prenotazione e secondo disponibilità.

Il St. John Villa si trova in posizione ideale per coloro che raggiungono Roma in auto. In posizione centrale, dietro alla Basilica di San Giovanni in Laterano, a 5 minuti dalla fermata San Giovanni della linea A della metropolitana e a 15 minuti a piedi dal Colosseo, si raggiunge facilmente dalle uscite autostradali di Roma Est e Roma Sud ed è al di fuori della ZTL.

Cosa aspettate a prenotare la vostra stanza?


venerdì 2 novembre 2018

OFF THE BEATEN TRACKS IN ROME


Rome is a city full of great history and art, but also of places having their small history. Also, some works of great artists are often hidden and unknowm.
Here below we have listed some of those.

Michelangelo Buonarroti Works

Moses

The most famous works of Michelangelo in Rome are the Basiilica of St. Peter and its dome, the Sistin Chapel and the statue Pietà ithat is located in St. Peter. But there are several other works that we can admire around the city
  1. Piazza del Campidoglio
  2. Porta Pia
  3. Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli 
  4. Statue of Moses and all the composition od the grave for Pope Julius II, located in the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli

Monte dei Cocci - Monte Testaccio

The area of  theTestaccio, neighborhood was, at the time of ancient Rome, the area of the river port, where the goods that were necessary for a citi havin one and half million inhabitants were arriving.
The broken amphorae
Among those goods there were olive oil and wine. They were transported using clay (testaceus in Latin language) vessels, amphorae. The pieces (cocci in italian language) of the broken amphorae were stacked, so forming an artificial hill, having a height of approximately 40 meters. Hence the names Monte dei Cocci and Monte Testaccio. The neighborhood is one of the most popular in Rome, home of the best fans of the football team A.S. Roma, that hade its stadium here in the Thirties. It is full of restaurants, cafè and discos. Discos are moslty located around the hill. 
In one of the cafe-restauraunts that is located on the side of the hill along Via Galvani, it is possible to see the stacked pieces of amphorae through a glass wall on the back of the dining room.

Pyramid of Caestius


The Pyramid of Caius Castius is one of the most famous landmarks of the city for Romans. People living close to it are saying that they live "a Piramide". But not all the people form other countries know about it and its funny story. 
Its height is 37 meters and it is made of brick-faced concrete covered with slabs of white marble.
It is the burial place of a rich man, Caius Caestius, died approximately 18--12 BC, that, in his last will, wroted that he wanted to be buried in a pyramid like a pharao, asking to his heirs to build it.
Bet he was not so confident that the heirs were going to respect his last wishes.. So he stated that the pyramid had to be completed in no more than 330 days, otherwise the heirs would have lost their onheritance. Obviously the pyramid, wit such a strong motivation, was completed in less than 330 days. And incription at the bottom of the pyramid is mentioning that fact.

Milvian Bridge

Milvian Bridge

Milvian bridge is for sure worth a visit. It is one of the most ancient Roman bridges. The first construction occurred in 206 BC but then it was completely reconstructed in 109 BC. The central portion is still mostly the original one, while the two sides have been reconstructed. 
Apart from that, it was the site of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge among the armies of Constantine and Maxentius. That battle has been one of the turning points of the history. Had Maxentius won, probably the Christian religion would now be considered a form of worship developed in the Middle East in the initial period of the empire and which, after enjoying some popularity, had subsequently disappeared. But Constantine won and the effects are still alive. 

Four Sovereign Entities


To my knowledge there is no city in the world that is home to two different sovereign entities.
Well, Rome is the home of four!
  • Italian Republic
  • Vatican City State
  • Holy See
  • Sovereign Military Order of Malta
It may sound strange that Vatican and Holy See are different entities, but that is the truth. Actually, the Vatican City is a dominion of the Holy See. Does it sound complicate? Yes it is, but we are in the Eternal City!

Obelisks

Lateran Obelisk

Still wondering why Caius Caestius wanted to be buried in a pyramid? Once you go around Rome and look at the obelisks that are standing all over the city you will realize that Romans were absolutely crazy about everything that was arriving from Egypt. Among all other things, ancient Romans brought to Rome, and to other cities of the empire, several Egyptian obelisks, leaving very few in Egypt. And they did also copies. But we, in Rome, have continued to build obelisks even on recent times, the last one celebrating the new millennium.

Do you want to know more curiosities, to discover something off the beaten tracks, to get ouur recommendations for your stay in Rome?
What you have to do is to reserve your room at Villa Borghese Guest House or in one of our other properties.