European Adventures: Capitoline Hill

DSC02619Buongiorno! Here’s another day exploring the Eternal City of Rome. This post focuses on Capitoline Hill and the nearby Piazza Venezia, considered as the central hub of the city .

According to A View on Cities, the Capitoline Hill is the smallest and most important of the seven hills of Ancient Rome. As the political and religious heart of Rome the hill became a symbol of Rome’s reign as Caput Mundi, capital of the world.

DSC02590Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo, is bordered on three sides by buildings – Palazzo Senatorio (center, with the clock tower), Palazzo dei Conservatori (right) and Palazzo Nuovo (left).

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Palazzo Senatorio, the city hall of Rome
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Cordonata

The piazza can be reached from the foot of the hill by ascending the majestic Cordonata (Italian for ‘graded ramp’) stairs.

 

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Piazza del Campidoglio
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Il Vittoriano (left) & Santa Maria in Aracoeli (right)

Next is Il Vittoriano (Victor Emmanuel II Monument). The magnificent monument dominates the square and is dedicated to the first king of Italy. It is also called Altare della Patria, meaning altar of the fatherland.DSC02620DSC02613DSC02610P1050253

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From Il Vittoriano, Palazzo Venezia (left) and Palazzo Generali (right)

Rome is just beautiful. I want to come back!

Again, thank you to our tour guides especially to Sister Pierette.

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