7 Awesome Reasons to visit Rome in the Fall

 

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Rome is one of the most fascinating cities to visit any time of the year, however the fall months have their own benefits and charms and you should not miss a visit to Rome during the autumn months.

In this post we present you with :

7 Awesome Reasons to visit Rome in the Fall

 

1  Less crowds after the busy summer season
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It’s not a surprise that the summer months are the most crowded in Rome with travelers and cruisers who take advantage of the long summer days and their much anticipated annual summer vacations.

Rome is particularly crowded in the summer, especially at or near the main attractions such as the Colosseum and the Vatican. Ticket lines and security checkpoints can man hours of standing in lines (often under the scorching summer sun).

With kids back in school and summer vacations over, In the fall the tourism declines just enough to make visiting Rome more enjoyable without the massive crowds. You can expect shorter security lines at monuments, less crowded museums and squares, and even shorter lines at gelato shops and wait times at restaurants.
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2 Better airline and hotel rates
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With less traveler demand comes lower prices on airline tickets and hotels, sweetening your fall trip to Rome. 

Fall is considered “shoulder season” with rates not as high as the summer months, and not as low as during the winter which is considered low season.  You can enjoy the benefits that fall has to offer in Rome at better rates.
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3 Cooler temperatures during the day for more enjoyable sightseeing
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One of the challenges of visiting Rome in the summer aside from crowds, is enduring the hot summer temperatures that can rise upward 90’s in July making sightseeing on foot more of a challenge.

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What is Ferragosto – the Italian August 15 Holiday

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In this post, we introduce you to a popular Italian holiday:

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What is Ferragosto – the Italian August 15 Holiday

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August may be considered a slow travel month in many parts of the world who normally take their summer vacations in June or July, but in Italy, August is the month to take a much anticipated annual vacation… anywhere from 2 – 4 weeks.

Many small local businesses shut down while Italians pack their bags and head to the coastline beaches or to the mountains.  You’ll find cities like Rome to be almost void of locals and the usual heavy traffic.  However, most  businesses that tourists depend on still stay open

It’s really pleasant to visit Rome in August if you don’t mind the hot summer heat:  hotel prices dip (while the beachside resorts peak), fewer crowds, less traffic, quieter atmosphere.

One of the most celebrated holidays in Italy is Ferragosto which falls on August 15.  As with many things Italian, this holiday too originated over 2,000 thousand years ago in Ancient Rome and evolved over time.

How many holidays do you have in your home country that started 2,000 years ago and still continue?

Here is a bit of history about this famous Italian holiday.
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ANCIENT ROME

Ferragosto  – or Feriae Augusti (Festivals of the Emperor Augustus) – was introduced by Emperor  Gaius Octavius Augustus himself in 18 BC, supposedly after his victory over Mark Antony at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC.

This festival was added to previous existing festivals that celebrated the end of a long laborious period of harvest, and the numerous festivals together offered workers a longer period of much needed rest called Augustali.
During these festivals, horse races took place across the Roman Empire, and beasts of burden that worked the fields such as mules and oxen, were unfettered and honored with flowers.
Some festivals still take place in Italy during Ferragosto such as  the Palio dell’Assunta in Siena and other historic festivals that are set during Italy’s Medieval or Renaissance eras.

During the Ferragosto festival, one of the traditions was that workers greeted their masters who gave them a small monetary reward. This custom has become so entrenched in the local culture that it became obligatory in Papal States by the Renaissance era.

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CATHOLIC

The Assumption of Mary falls on Ferragosto holiday, August 15 and it is a Catholic holiday (therefore the Vatican Museums are also closed in observation).

This holiday is important to Catholics and Orthodox Christians as the the day Virgin Mary’s sinless soul and incorrupt body was received into Heaven. The Assumption of Mary is symbolized by the  Lilly Flower (fleur-de-lis)

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FASCIST

In the late 1290’s during Italy’s fascist regime, leisure-time pursuits during the Ferragosto arose with the regime organizing hundreds of trips promoting mass leisure activities.  

The commonly known “People’s Trains of Ferragosto” were available to the populace at steep discounts to give the less well of class access to regions of Italy they otherwise would not afford on their own.  Options included shorter Single Day Trips within 50-100 kilometer radius, or a 3 day trip within a radius of 100-200 kilometers

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TODAY

Nowadays Italians anticipate their (usually) month long Ferragosto vacation with trips to the seaside, the mountains, or to visit family either by car, train or plane.
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Postiano Beach

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You can expect popular seaside destinations (such as Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Sardinia, to name a few towns and regions) to be packed with Italian and European tourists. These popular tourist destinations are best avoided in August.

To enjoy Italy in August, it’s best to avoid the popular beachside destinations in Italy, and enjoy the larger cities like Rome and Florence from where the locals depart from for a more quieter and serene visit.

For more information on visiting Rome in August, click on the following articles:
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10 Things you need to know when visiting Rome in AUGUST!

 

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3 Common Mistakes that Ruin Your Summer Trip to Rome

Visiting Rome in the Summer? What to expect

Essential Travel Tips for Visting Rome in August

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10 Things you need to know when visiting Rome in AUGUST!

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Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs Transfers and Tours Travel Blog.

Our goal is to make your trip to Italy one of the most memorable experiences of your life – even in the hot month of August!

August sees a dip in tourism in Italy from travelers outside of Europe… ironically, it is also when local tourist peaks since Italians and Europeans in general take their annual month long holiday in August.

Depending on where in Italy you plan to go, you will either find a zoo (where the local tourists flock to – usually the beaches or the mountains)…. or a ghost town (usually the large cities the locals are fleeing from).

However, if you plan to visit Rome during the month of August, this blog post can help you.

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10 Things you need to know when visiting Rome in AUGUST!

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1  It is very hot out in August!

Be prepared for hot sunny days where you can feel baking under the broiling sun.  

Be sure to bring with you a sun hat, sun umbrella, sun glasses, sunblock, wear light colored natural fiber clothes that breathe, and stay hydrated!  

Leave the flip flops home and wear sturdy sandals or footwear because the cobblestones and uneven pavement can wreak havoc on your feet.
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Refreshing Fountain in Rome

Refreshing Fountain in Rome – by RomeCabs

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2  Plan your touring activities to avoid intense heat.

Organize your sightseeing to visit the HOTTEST places first thing in the morning when the temperature is still cool.

Here are some useful tips on touring Rome on hot summer days that also apply to August!
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5 WAYS TO STAY COOL TOURING IN ROME THIS SUMMER

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3  Many Romans go on a month long holiday in August.  

The summer holiday also coincides with Ferragosto (from Roman term “Feriae Augusti” – Festivals of Emperor Augustus) , a public holiday in August 15 that also coincides with the Catholic feast of the Assumption of Mary.  The Feriae Augusti were introduced by Emperor Augustus in 18 BC as an additional previous Roman festivals that occurred in the same month that celebrated the end of a long and laborious harvest. The festivals in August provided a longer period of rest following  the summer of hard agricultural labor.

This tradition continued into modern times, making August the traditional month when Italians (and Europeans usually), take their summer vacations.

Although the historic center is still busy with tourists and locals who still have to work in the tourism sector (hotels, restaurants, cafes, markets, shops, pharmacies, etc…) you will notice less traffic and locals than usual.

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4  Not EVERYTHING shuts down in Rome in August.

One of the common misconceptions is that everything shuts down in Rome in August and you’ll have nowhere to eat or stay. Couldn’t be farther from the truth.
While restaurants, shops, pharmacies, cafes, and other businesses may take a month long holiday, or even 2 weeks, the vast majority of business in the historic center will still be open for business.

Most of the businesses that close in August are those located in residential areas and neighborhoods. Since many of the locals that the businesses rely on are away on holiday, it doesn’t make sense for them to stay open with very few patrons. (Another reason to stay in the historic center in August)

 

5  Public transportation slows down in August as well.

With many Romans on their usual month long holiday, the demand for public transportation largely used for commuters slows down. You will find that buses and metros run fewer in between.

Many (if not most) buses and metros are not  air conditioned…which is not very comfortable in the hot summer months.

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RELATED BLOG POST: VISITING ROME IN THE SUMMER? WHAT TO EXPECT

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6  In August, it is best to book accommodations in the center.  

Stay close to the sites you wish to spend most of the time at to avoid relying on public transportation or too much walking (afterall, it’s HOT out!).   By booking a B&B or a rental apartment too far from the historic center or in local neighborhoods, you also risk having the usual neighborhood businesses closed for holiday making you feel like you’re in a ghost town.

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7  You can still catch the last of the Summer Sales!

If you visit Rome in early August, you can still find some good deals from the summer sales that start the first week of July.  There may be less choices available after a month long sale, but you will find steeper discounts as the % OFF gets bigger.
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 SUMMER SALES IN ITALY

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Summer Sale in Rome

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8 Plan your transportation wisely.

If you need transfers between Rome and the Airport, or between Rome and Civitavecchia Cruise Port, plan ahead and simplify your travels by booking a private car service for a swift, convenient and air conditioned transportation wherever you need to go.   

With slow and unpredictable public transportation, taxis that are not always reliable, and very hot weather,  trying to make your way to/from Fiumicino Airport or Civtavecchia Port on trains, metros and buses can be a very unpleasant and challenging experience that can make or break your vacation.

Stefano’s RomeCabs provided both Airport and Civitavecchia Transfers for a safe, comfortable, convenient, and affordable transfer option.
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 9  Hot summer days are great to enjoy cool refreshing treats.

Find out here how to treat your taste buds and stay cool at the same time!
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5 DELICIOUS WAYS TO STAY COOL IN THE HOT SUMMERS OF ROME

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Delicious ways to stay COOL in August in Rome

Delicious ways to stay COOL in August in Rome

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10 Visit some cool places in the hot August days.

When not touring the hot Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Vatican, try THESE amazing places that are both amazingly cool AND temperature cool!

Rome has nearly 1,000 churches, with hundreds continuously open. With thick stone walls and floors, and dim lighting, these magnificent churches are also nice and cool inside making them a perfect respite from the hot outdoors.

Some churches also have amazing underground sites that you can explore for a fascinating trip through the distant eras of Rome.
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SAN CLEMENTE BASILICA and ROME UNDERGROUND
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San Clemente Collage

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CASE ROMANE DEL CELIO (ROMAN HOUSES IN CELIO)

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SS GIOVANNI PAOLO CASE ROMANE COLLAGE

San Giovanni e Paolo Basilica and Roman Houses of Celio

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Instead Of the Colosseum…go HERE

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The Colosseum is the grandest ancient Roman monument and the icon of Rome. It’s also one of the top most visited sites in Rome drawing huge crowds thus creating long lines for tickets and/or to clear security.
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Even though the number of persons visiting the Colosseum at a time are capped at 3,000 (much less than the 50,000 spectators that the Colosseum was able to accommodate during ancient times), you would find it to be quite crowded.

If when visiting the Colosseum you find the lines too long or the monument too crowded and you’d like to see something different nearby, we have a few options for you with No crowds, No security lines, No advance tickets required:
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BATHS OF CARACALLA

 

Within walking distance from the Colosseum and Circus Maximus and seemingly secluded from the main road are the Baths of Caracalla: an extensive ancient Roman bath complex that is often overlooked by tourists who flock to its more famous neighbors: Colosseum and Circus Maximus.

With significantly fewer visitors you almost feel as though you have this imperial bath complex to yourself as you imagine what it must have been like in 3rd century AD when it was built with tall walls and ceilings  luxuriously adorned with  statues, marble, mosaics, and more.

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Baths of Caracalla with RomeCabs.

Even though Emperor Caracalla ruled for only 6 years between 211 – 217 AD, he initiated the construction of what would have become one of the ancient world’s most impressive Roman public baths. As with many other ruthless Roman emperors, Caracalla was also assassinated and never saw the completion of his dream imperial baths.

It is estimated that about 13,000 prisoners of war, 6,000 tradesmen, 21 million bricks, and about 6,300 cubic meters of marble was required to complete  Rome’s 2nd largest bath complex.

When it was complete, the imperial baths of Caracalla included a park (you can still enjoy a shaded rest on a bench as you take in the immense structures around you), swimming pools, public libraries in both Greek and Latin, gymnasium, frigidarium (cold rooms), tepidarium (warm rooms), and caldarium (hot rooms).  The bath complex was not just for bathing, but it was a social gathering place for leisure, study, or business meetings.

The Baths of Caracalla were open to everyone at no charge (upper and lower class had free access to public baths), and was able to accommodate up to 1,600 bathers at a time. The buildings were heated by a hypocaust – and underground heating system where burning wood or coal heated water provided by a dedicated aqueduct.

The baths were in continuous use for 400 years until it was destroyed in the 6th century by the Ostrogoths during the Gothic War.

Although nowadays  it stands largely in ruins due to damages caused by man and nature, the Baths of Caracalla have inspired architects and visitors worldwide for centuries.

For more information on our SEVEN WONDERS OF ANCIENT ROME tour that includes a visit to the Baths of Caracalla, please visit our website.

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ROMAN FORUM

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Just across the Colosseum is the Roman Forum, one of the most well recognized ancient Roman ruins in Rome.

You can use your Colosseum tickets to visit the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.  Here you won’t find extensive lines as you would at the Colosseum, and with such a wide open spaces it will never feel crowded.

Rested in a shallow valley between Capitoline Hill and Palatine Hill, the Roman forum has been the most famous meeting place throughout history.

For centuries the Roman Forum stood as the center of public life for the Romans. It was their political, religious, judicial and commercial (and sometimes even entertainment)  hub. People still gather today as visitors – about 4.5 million visitors each year.

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Roman Forum, Rome (Rome in A Day Tour)

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Scattered ruins of pagan temples and buildings offers visitors a glimpse of what the Roman Forum was like doing the glory days of the Roman empire.

The Roman forum developed over time as it grew in importance and in architecture filling the form with large public buildings and temples the dramatically reduced the open area where people can gather.

You can enjoy the remains of the once impressive Temples of Castor and Pollux, Vesta, Romulus , Saturn, Caesar, Antonius and Fausta, and more.

Triumphal arches in the Roman Forum are the Arch of Titus and Arch of Septimus Severus.

Basilicas of Ancient Rome include Maxentius and Constantine, Julia and Aemilia.

Basilicas of Ancient Rome should  to be confused with the Christian basilicas of today. In Ancient Rome basilicas were the Town Halls.  The current basilicas got their names from the architectural plans of the Roman basilicas which they adopted.

 

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CASE ROMANE

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Just beyond the Colosseum on the quiet Celio Hill, is a rather obscure church with a amazing Ancient Roman underground complex waiting for you to explore it.

Located beneath the Basilica of Saints John and Paul (Basilica di Santi Giovanni e Paolo) laid buried layers amazing ancient Roman architecture and history that were not discovered until late 19th century.  

Paul and John were 2 Roman Christian brothers and soldiers who were martyred during the reign of Emperor Julian the Apostate in late 4th century AD during. It is said they were buried in their house on Celian hill (instead of burial tombs outside the city walls as it was the norm).  

The Basilica we see today was built at the start of 5th century AD by Senator Pammachius – an affluent Roman and prominent Christian, and possibly the last owner of the residential complex upon which the church was built.

You can enter the Case Romane from Clivus Scauri – one of the most significant ancient Roman streets on Celian Hill. The entrance was once the portico of shops that were once located along this street.

By 2nd century AD, this area was occupied by a “domus” –  luxurious 2 level residential building  that was built parallel to Clivus Scauri.

By 3rd century, an “insula– an  apartment building,  was erected with shops on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors.

At the beginning of 4th century, a prominent individual purchased the domus and insula complex and integrated them into a large luxury residence.  If you fast forward time several decades, you’ll arrive at the time when the 2 brothers John and Paul lived here before they were martyred.

It was on top of this residence that the basilica was erected at the behest of Senator Pammachius – perhaps also the last owner of the residence.  Most of the structures on the property were abandoned so the foundation of the church could be built on top, however, some areas were still accessible over the centuries as indicated by a medieval oratory discovered there.

Upon visiting the Case Romane, don’t miss these important rooms:

ROOM OF THE GENIUSES

Case Romane del Celio Room of the Geniuses

Case Romane del Celio Room of the Geniuses

 

Upon entering the Roman Houses you will step into the Room of the Geniuses (or “geni” – Roman mythological spirits believed to present in every living being and objects).

 The upper walls are painted with two bands of stunning paintings  of youthful winged nude figures (possibly the geniuses), garlands of  flowers and fruit. Above this scenery, grape vines meander among cupids and exotic birds.

 

ROOM OF THE FAUX MARBLE

Case Romane del Celio - Room of the Faux Marble

Case Romane del Celio – Room of the Faux Marble

Marble was precious and pricey in the ancient times as it is today, and decorative marble inlaid into walls to create patterns of images (opus sectile) was sometimes imitated with paint in a cost saving attempt.  

 

ROOM OF THE ORANT

Case Romane del Celio Room of the Geniuses

Case Romane del Celio Room of the Geniuses

The most ornate room is the vaulted Room of the Orant (Worshipper), named after the subject painted on the wall. Painted during the 4th century, the frescoes depict Roman figures of philosophers, mask of Slienius, a female theater mask, fantastical monsters, sheep,

Acanthus leaves and faux alabaster opus sectile that decorate the lower part of the walls.

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THE ORATORY

Case Romane del Celio - The Oratory

Case Romane del Celio – The Oratory

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By mid 4th century, a small chapel (a confessio) within a niche was constructed where so visiting pilgrims would able pray before the painted Christian scenes that are still very well preserved.

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THE NYMPHAEUM OF PROSERPINA

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Originally, the nymphaeum was an interior roofless courtyard that separated the residential and commercial buildings from one another. Niches, fountains, frescoes and mosaics are well preserved and quite remarkable to view.  

The large late 3rd century AD fresco on the upper part of the wall depicts mythological scenes taking place at sea. If you look down you will notice the original floor made of multi colored marble pieces.  

In an adjacent alcove, you can admire the black and white tile floor with geometrical and floral motifs.
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ANTIQUARIUM

  Case Romane Antiquarium

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Last but not least is the Antiquarium – the museum where the ancient Roman and medieval artifacts excavated on this site are on display for you to better understand the local lives of Romans and what they used in their daily lives,

Located right below the Chapel of Saint Paul of the Cross, the museum is in the shape of a Greek cross. Here you will find a variety of ancient Roman and Medieval objects excavated between 1887  and 1936.

Don’t miss the opportunity to also visit the Basilica of Saints John and Paul. It has a magnificent interior reminiscent of a early 20th century ballroom with delicate hanging chandeliers. No wonder it’s a popular church for wedding ceremonies.

For more information on our POSTCARD ROME TOUR FOR CRUISERS that includes a visit to the Roman Houses, please CLICK HERE.

 

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CASE ROMANE VISITOR INFORMATION:

VISITING HOURS:
10 AM – 1:00 PM then 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

TICKETS:

Adult price: 8 Euros
Children 12-18 years old: 6 Euros per person
Children up to 12 years old accompanied by adult: FREE

 

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Roman Houses / Case Romane del Celio

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs Transfers and Tours blog.

Our sister company Stefano Rome Tours has launched a special tour:  POSTCARD ROME TOUR FOR CRUISERS that features a magnificent yet relatively unknown site in Rome that you are sure to enjoy:
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 Roman Houses  / Case Romane del Celio
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The complete description of this ancient site is available on the Stefano Rome Tours Travel Blog, but in this photo blog we will focus on the visual aspects of this magnificent ancient place so you can see WHY Case Romane should be on your Must See List of places in Rome

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ROOM OF THE GENIUSES

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Case Romane del Celio – Room of the Geniuses

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As you enter the Roman Houses from the ticket office you will step into the Room of the Geniuses. “Geni” are Roman mythological spiritual guides that are believed to be present in every living being and objects).

The upper walls are beautifully decorated with two bands of frescoes of youthful winged nude figures that more than likely represent geniuses, garlands made of summertime flowers and fruit. Above, undulating grape vines circle around cupids and exotic birds.

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ROOM OF THE FAUX MARBLE

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Case Romane del Celio – Room of the Faux Marble

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The Room of the Faux Marble is remarkable as well as it shows human creativity in reproducing fine marble by hand when the real marble is not possible.

Marble – especially intricate patterns and images (opus sectile) has been imitated since the Roman times and even in modern times.  

Inlaid marble opus sectile has always been very laborious and expensive, so the painted version has been used whenever possible instead.

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ROOM OF THE ORANT

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Case Romane del Celio – Room of the Orant

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Possibly the most ornate room is the vaulted Room of the Orant. An orant is a Worshipper, and the name of the room is based on the subject painted on the wall.

On the upper part of the wall, 4th century frescoes depict figures of philosophers, theatrical  mask, fantastical monsters, and common sheep and goats.

On the lower part of the wall, acanthus leaves and faux alabaster opus sectile have also been beautifully preserved.

 

THE ORATORY

Case Romane del Celio - The Oratory

Case Romane del Celio – The Oratory

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A small chapel (a confessio) was built in the 4th century within a niche  where visiting pilgrims were able to come and pray before the painted Christian scenes.

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THE NYMPHAEUM OF PROSERPINA

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The Nymphaeum of Proserpina was originally an interior open air courtyard that separated the commercial buildings from the residential homes. Fountains, niches, frescoes and mosaics have been well preserved and are quite striking!

The large late 3rd century AD fresco painted on the upper part of the wall represents a mythological scenes at sea.  The original floor was made of multi colored marble pieces.  

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ANTIQUARIUM

Case Romane Antiquarium

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Your visit will conclude with a stop in the Antiquarium. Located right below the Chapel of Saint Paul of the Cross, it takes the shape of a Greek cross.

Here you will find a myriad of ancient Roman and Medieval objects excavated between 1887  and 1936.

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Before you leave, be sure to also visit the Basilica of Saints John and Paul above. It has an elegant interior reminiscent of a early 20th century ballroom with low hanging glass chandeliers. It’s a popular church for weddings.

 

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Basilica of Saints John and Paul

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For more information on Stefano Rome Tours’ POSTCARD ROME TOUR FOR CRUISERS that includes a visit to the Roman Houses, please CLICK HERE.

 

Visitor Information on Case Romane:

VISITING DAYS and HOURS:

10 AM – 1:00 PM then 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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TICKETS:

Adult ticket price: 8 Euros per person

Children 12-18 years old: 6 Euros per person

Children up to 12 years old accompanied by adult: Free

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Additional Blog Post that you might be interested in:
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Santa Maria Antiqua Church: Medieval Sistine Chapel

Baths of Caracalla: Video Postcard

 

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Summer Festival in Rome: Along Tiber River – RomeCabs

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs Transfers and Tours Travel Blog.

In this blog post we will introduce you to a fun and entertaining Roman tradition that you should not miss if you are in Rome in the summer.

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Summer Festival in Rome: Along Tiber River – Lungo il Tevere VIDEO
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Each year between June and September, the banks of the Tiber River between Ponte Sublicio and Ponte Sisto come to life each evening  starting at 7 PM with fun, music, food, culture, shopping and more.

This summer long festival is not just for the Romans. Millions of visitors make their way along the Tiber River to enjoy a festive evening in Rome.

Riverside tables invite visitors to sit and enjoy a variety of local and international food and wine, as well as a variety of other beverages.

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Clusters of stalls selling everything from crafts, souvenirs, clothing, accessories, works of art, music, toys, and knick knacks add a sparkle with unique shopping opportunities.

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Summer Festival in Rome: Along Tiber River – Lungo il Tevere

 

Open air wine shops, bars, and lounges under the stars and along the rushing water of the Tuber sure beats their indoor counterparts.

Jazz music, films, performances, photo galleries and artistic exhibitions enhance your cultural experience.

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A wide variety of eateries have set up cozy tables along the river. Most of the eateries are not restaurant style cuisine as they do not have fully equipped restaurant style kitchens. Most of the food is prepared and served quickly.

If you prefer a normal sit town dinner, perhaps you can enjoy an aperitif before dinner, or an after dinner drink with a stroll enjoying the night time festivities taking place.

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Nearby on Isola Tiberina (Tiber Island), there is also the annual summer cinema festival “Isola del Cinema”. Foreign and Italian films are shown in open air cinemas.

As with along the river, Tiber Island is also lined with restaurants, bars, cafes, and shopping stalls.

For more information on Lungo il Tevere Roma

http://www.lungoiltevereroma.it/

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For more information on L’Isola del Cinema

http://isoladelcinema.com/

 

Next time you are in Rome between June and September, make your way to Tiber Island and enjoy the Roman Summertime Festival along the Tiber River for an entertaining evening outdoors.

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Rome Summer Festiva: Along the Tiber River - Lungo il Tevere
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Thank you very much for choosing Stefano’s RomeCabs for your Transfers and Tours in Rome and beyond.

We look forward to showing you beautiful places in Italy!
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CIRCUS OF MAXENTIUS – by RomeCabs

 

Buon giorno and welcome to Stefano’s RomeCabs, Rome’s leading company for quality transfer and tours in Rome and beyond.

Just about everyone who visited Rome is familiar with Circus Maximus (Circo Massimo) not far from the Colosseum at the foot of Palatine Hill.

Not many people are familiar with another ancient race track:  Circus of Maxentius (Circo di Massenzio).

 

Circus of Maxentius / Circo Massenzio - with RomeCabs

Circus of Maxentius / Circo Massenzio

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Situated along Via Appia (Appian Way), Circus of Maxentius is smaller than Circus Maximus at 513 meters long and 91 meters wide, and accommodating only about 10,000 spectators.

The central spine (spina) of the stadium was adorned with Egyptian obelisk that now stands in Piazza Navona (topping the Fountain of the Four Rivers).

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VIDEO POSTCARD FROM PIAZZA NAVONA

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Circus of Maxentius / Circo Massenzio central spine - with RomeCabs

Circus of Maxentius / Circo Massenzio central spine

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In spite of its lesser size and fame, Circus Maxentius is by far the best preserved ancient Roman stadium of its kind.

During his brief reign, Emperor Maxentius initiated many building projects including such as the Basilica of Maxentius inside the Roman Forum, and the imperial complex that includes the Circus of Maxentius.

This stadium was not used as often as Circus Maximus in Rome, and perhaps why it’s better preserved.  Archaeology also discovered that the tracks within the stadium were covered with sand even during the ancient times.

The only games recorded in history were its inaugural games. Quite possibly, they could have been funerary games to honor Emperor Maxentius deceased son Valerius Romulus who died at a very young age in 309 AD.

 

Circus of Maxentius ancient times

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The site also includes a palace and a mausoleum known as the Tomb of Romulus where his son is believed to have been interred. This was the first imperial residence that combined a palaces with a stadium.

In 312 AD, Emperor Maxentius was defeated and killed by Emperor Constantine during the famous Battle at the Milvian Bridge.  

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Battle of the Milvian Bridge

Battle of the Milvian Bridge

 

After this major defeat, Emperor Constantine (also regarded as the father of Christianity as he legalized Christianity in Rome whereas before it was illegal) possibly donated the imperial complex of Maxentius to the Church of Rome.

 Since the 6th century, this complex was part of the Patrimonium Appiae (estate owned by the Catholic Church along Via Appia)

Currently, Circus Maxentius is under the care of  Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma, and it is open to the public for visits.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CIRCUS OF MAXENTIUS AND VISITATION:

http://en.villadimassenzio.it/

Via Appia Antica 153 – 00179 Roma
Opening hours Tuesday-Sunday 9.00-13.30 (the ticket office closes an half hour in advance)
Closed Monday, 1st January, 1st May and 25th December

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Circus of Maxentius / Circo Massenzio, Rome

 

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