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Journeys through the Ancient Rome: Forum of Augustus & Forum of Caesar

Caesar and Augustus’ Rome comes back to life with all its magnificence thanks to “Journey of the Ancient Rome” and its tailor-made paths. The project shows their history by using cutting-edge technologies, videos and reconstructions how they were in the ancient times: an emotional representation full of historic and scientific information. The path starts at the Trajan Column, walking through the Trajan Forum and the subterranean gallery of the Imperial Fora, in direction of the Forum of Caesar. The visit of the Forum of Augustus includes a multi-projection with lights, images, videos and animations. 

Audio systems with headphones available in 8 languages (Italian, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese, German and Chinese). 

When: 
From 22 April to 30 October 2016 

Where: 
Forum of Caesar
Forum of Augustus 

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The Pyramid of Cestius in Rome

The Pyramid of Cestius is Rome's only surviving Pyramid from ancient times, a burial tomb for the Roman praetor Caius Cestius located near the Non-Catholic Cemetery of Rome. Recently restored thanks to the Japanese entrepreneur Yuzo Yagi who provided 2 million euros, it is an architectural gem with inner walls decorated with mural paintings in Pompeian Style. 

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Talking Statues of Rome: the story of Pasquino

Located in the most popular streets of Rome, the talking statues provided an outlet for criticism and witticism and were a useful means of political expression from the XVI to the XIX century: no one was spared, the Pope included.

The talking statues were six: Madama Lucrezia (probably a representation of Isis or of a priestess), Marforio (possibly representing Neptune, the Ocean or the Tiber), Il Babbuino (the Baboon, so called because ugly as a monkey), il Facchino (the Porter, representing an "acquarolo", a man who sold water) and Abate Luigi (Abbot Luigi, probably a magistrate). But the most famous was undoubtedly the statue of Pasquino, a damaged piece of sculpture that has been identified as Menelaus, the mythical king of Sparta. Pasquino was the people's voice: satirical poems and invectives were posted on it to criticize the corruption of well-known citizens of Rome, but the targets were also member of the clergy, politicians or unfair laws; the notes were posted at night and removed from the police the day after. One of the most famous "pasquinate" was addressed to Pope Urban VIII, member of the Barberini family, who removed the antique bronze of the Pantheon to realize the St. Peter's Baldachin: “Quod non fecerunt barbari, fecerunt Barberini” (What the barbarians did not do, the Barberini did), quipped Pasquino. 

Pasquino became so famous that his name was turned into an English word, pasquinade, which means a satirical protest in poetry.

 
 

The Jewish Ghetto of Rome

The Jewish Ghetto is one of the most recommended place to visit in Rome. Built in 1555 by Pope Paul IV (40 years after the Ghetto of Venice, the most ancient in the world) it became the core of the Roman Jewish community, a poor and densely populated area near the banks of the Tiber. As the Jewish people were not allowed to own real estates, there wasn’t a careful maintenance of the buildings: the houses were real hovels and many of them were destroyed when the Ghetto was abolished. 
You can find many attractions in this neighborhood full of history, starting from the Jewish Museum of Rome, opened in 1960. With its Medieval and Renaissance ruins, Via del Portico d’Ottavia is the symbolic centre of the Ghetto together with Piazza delle Cinque Scole, an architectural hybrid surrounded by Umbertino-style buildings. You can admire San Gregorio della Divina Pietà, a small church entitled to Pope Gregory I, who gave the Jewish people the freedom of worship; Ponte dei Quattro Capi, a small bridge that connects the Ghetto to the Tiberina Island; the Synagogue, one of the biggest Temples in Europe, build between 1901 and 1904 and Fontana delle Tartarughe, one of the most beautiful fountains of the city. 
And don’t forget to taste the typical Roman-Jewish cuisine and Kosher food! 

Rome’s hidden treasures: Coppedè neighborhood

It seems that most of Roman people has never been there or don’t even know it exists: Coppedè is Rome's smallest neighborhood, one of the boldest architectural experiment ever made in the Eternal City where Liberty, Neo-Gothic, Kitsch, Baroque and Modernism perfectly coexist. Eclectic mix of styles, it can hardly be defined a "real" neighborhood because of its small size, so it's commonly considered part of Trieste district. 
Located between Via Tagliamento and Piazza Buenos Aires, it owes its name to Luigi Coppedè, architect, sculptor and decorator who gave birth to a unique, timeless masterpiece of eclectism. The gloomy Gothic style meets the Classical style inspired by Greece besides Medieval turrets, Baroque plasters and Liberty adornments. Piazza Mincio is the heart of the neighborhood, where you can see the Fontana delle Rane (Fountain of the Frogs) where – according to legend – The Beatles swam after a party at Piper, in 1965. Because of the neighborhood's enchanting allure many movies have been shot here, such as Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.
Visiting Coppedè will really leave you speechless… don't miss the chance!