We hope that you are enjoying our series of articles and guest articles on Italian tourist attractions, covering the entire country except for its major cities. In a sense we have left the best for last. We will describe what to see in Italy’s great cities neighborhood by neighborhood. You may not realize it, but Rome is divided into 20 districts. And each and every one of these districts boasts its own sightseeing attractions. If you have time, visit them all. In any case, read these articles to help plan your trip to The Eternal City. You may be in for some real surprises. Roma, Non Basta una Vita (Rome, a Lifetime is not Enough) .
The Parioli district of northern Rome is posh enough to lend its name to a category of Romans called Pariolini. This was THE place to live for big shots in the Mussolini government, probably not because of the pear trees that once were a major feature along with Monti Parioli. This is one place for fine shopping. In 2002 Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica opened in the northern part of the district on the site that hosted the 1960 Summer Olympic Games. One of the concert halls, Cavea, is an open-air theater recalling ancient Greek and Roman theaters. The complex includes recording studios, restaurants, bars, shops, libraries and museums and is visited by an estimated one million people a year making it the world’s most widely attended musical complex.
The Ponte Milvio at the northern western border of the region, built in 206 B.C., is one of the oldest bridges in Rome. This was the site of a battle between Roman Emperors Constantine and his brother-in-law Maxentius on October 28, 312. Maxentius drowned in the river. The battle was an important step in his religious conversion and Constantine went on to become Rome’s first Christian Emperor. This bridge has been renovated and rebuilt over the years. It’s a meeting place for Roman youth during the summer.
Rome’s Mosque is the largest one in Europe; it can hold 12 thousand people. In addition to providing a meeting place for religious activities, it provides cultural and social services connecting Shia and Sunni Muslims. It also holds wedding ceremonies, funeral services, exegesis, conventions, and other related events. Construction started in 1984. The inauguration was in 1995.
The southwest corner of Parioli near the Tiber River hosts the Sant’Andrea in Via Flamina church founded by Pope Julius III in the mid Sixteenth Century to celebrate his several decades previously during the Sack of Rome. Sant'Andrea was the first church with an elliptical dome and the first step toward the Baroque world of elliptical forms.And wherever you go and whatever you do, check out the fine Latium or other Italian wines.
Levi Reiss has authored or co-authored ten books on computers and the Internet, but to be honest, he would rather just drink fine Italian or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his website www.travelitalytravel.com devoted to Italian travel with an accent on fine Italian wine and food. Visit his central wine website www.theworldwidewine.com with weekly reviews of $10 wine and columns devoted to various aspects of wine including wine and food, humor, trivia, organic and kosher wine and lots more.
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