Rome: let it snow!

Rome: let it snow!

Rome awoke under a blanket of snow on Monday morning. Some areas of the capital covered in five centimetres of the white stuff. It’s the first snowfall in Rome in six years, and it looks stunning.

The capital saw its first snowfall in six years, with up to five centimetres of the white stuff in some parts of the city.  Half a metre in higher altitude areas of the wider comune. It was 0C on Monday, with a low of -6C forecast until Wednesday, although no more snow is expected to fall.

Italy’s Civil Protection Agency announced that the Italian army would be brought in to help clear the streets of Rome. Many schools were closed across the city.

Several of the city’s iconic monuments were closed on Monday, including the Colosseum and Roman Forum.

Air, road, and rail transport were all affected, with delays to flights at both the city’s airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino. There were also delays to buses and trains, some by up to two hours. Though the Metro was functioning as usual. 

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Park degli Acquedotti

Park degli Acquedotti

This 240-hectare green space, tucked in the Appia Antica Regional Park is known for possessing over half of the eleven major Roman aqueducts. However, filled with ancient architecture and historical artefacts that continue to be discovered today, the park has something for everyone.

Aqueducts are the remnants of the ancient system used to bring water to the city. The park boasts the underground aqueduct Anio Vetus; the Marcia, Tepula, Julia and Felice aqueducts. Which are laid on top of each other, and Claudia and Anio Novo, which also overlap. It takes around two hours to walk the aqueducts.

The park’s Villa Vignacce is also worth seeing. Built between the second and fourth centuries AD most likely by the brick-maker Q. Servilius Pudens, the villa is one of the largest in the area. You can even see Pudens’ stamp on some of the bricks. A rarity as buildings were usually constructed so the stamps didn’t show.

Another one of the park’s architectural highlights is Il Casale di Roma Vecchia. A house-tower that was likely used as part of a coaching inn during the 13th century.

And if at this point you aren’t too tired from walking, consider counting your strides to the burial chambers of the “tomb of a hundred steps.”

There is a lot more buried in the park than just that tomb. Other tombs, some of Via Latina’s paving stones, a hotel with a spa, a dovecote, and what appears to be either a temple or a mausoleum have been uncovered in recent excavations. Of particular interest was the 2009 unearthing of a 1.5-m statue of Marsyas, a figure from Greek mythology, probably dating back to the second century AD.

Thanks to its historical attractions and new discoveries, the Parco degli Acquedotti is certainly a timeless and worthwhile place to visit.

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Christmas church services in Rome

Christmas church services in Rome

There are numerous English language religious services in Rome’s church over Christmas.

All Saints’ Anglican Church
Via del Babuino 153/b, tel. 0636001881.
24 Dec. Crib Service for children 17.00, First Eucharist of Christmas 23.30.
25 Dec. Said Eucharist 08.30; Sung Eucharist 10.30.

Pontifical Irish College (Roman Catholic)
Via dei Santi Quattro 1, tel. 06772631.
10 Dec. Advent and Carol Service, 17.00.

Rome Baptist Church
S. Lorenzo in Lucina 35, tel. 066876652-066876211.
17 Dec. Christmas music programme. 10.30.
24 Dec. Christmas Eve Service, 19.00.
25 Dec. Christmas Service, 10.30.St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Via XX Settembre 7, tel. 064827627.
24 Dec. Christmas Eve Service, 18.30.
25 Dec. Christmas Day Service, 11.00.St Patrick’s American Community (Roman Catholic)
Via Boncompagni 31, tel. 064203121.
24 Dec. Children’s Christmas Pageant Mass 16.30. Concert and Carols 19.00. Midnight Mass 19.30.
25 Dec. Christmas Day Mass 09.00, 10.30. St Paul’s Within-the-Walls (Episcopal Church)
Via Nazionale, corner Via Napoli, tel. 064883339.
24 Dec. Holy Eucharist, 10.30.
25 Dec. Second Eucharist of Christmas, 10.30.S. Isidoro Church (Roman Catholic)
Via degli Artisti 41, tel. 064885359.
24 Dec. Midnight Mass 21.00.
25 Dec. Mass 10.00.S. Silvestro in Capite (Roman Catholic)
Piazza S. Silvestro 1, tel. 066977121.
24 Dec. Mass at 19.30.
25 Dec. Christmas Mass at 10.00 and 17.30. St Francis Xavier del Caravita (Roman Catholic),
Via della Caravita 7.
24 Dec. Christmas Eve carol service 18.30. Vigil Mass 19.00.Venerable English College (Roman Catholic)
Via di Monserrato 45, tel. 066865808.
25 Dec. Christmas Day Mass, 10.00.For the programme of Pope Francis see the Vatican calendar of religious celebrations.

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Christmas markets in Rome

Christmas markets in Rome

From handcrafts to vintage, Rome’s Christmas markets help to create a festive atmosphere in the city each December.

Christmas markets in Rome:

The capital’s best known Christmas market, the Befana at Piazza Navona, returns on 2 December – not without controversy – after three years. Below is a selection of traditional and alternative festive markets around Rome to make your Christmas shopping easier and help you find original presents for all ages.
Mercato Monti
2-24 Dec. This trendy urban market in Monti is bigger and better than ever before, with a large selection of vintage-style clothing, accessories, collectibles, books and illustrations, combining affordability and quality with an exclusively Made in Italy brand. Free entry. 10.00-20.00. The December dates are 2-3 Dec, 7-10 Dec and 16-24 Dec, inclusive.Via Leonina 46 (Metro B Cavour).
Vintage Market
3 Dec. The Vintage Market hosts a selection of stalls selling hand-crafted and retro items, ideal for alternative Christmas gifts. Guests can also enjoy workshops, brunch and aperitivi, with workshops and activities for kids. 11.00-21.00. Via Biordo Michelotti 2.

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Car Boot Market
3, 10, 27 Dec. This car boot sale takes place in the grounds of the Città dell’Altra Economia complex in Testaccio on three dates during December. The market regularly attracts up to 80 car-fulls of second-hand items, including vintage clothes, jewellery and bric-à-brac. 10.00 until sunset, free entry. Città dell’Altra Economia, Largo Dino Frisullo, Testaccio.
Arts and Craft Market
8-24 Dec. The 16th edition of the Arts and Craft Market takes place as usual in Piazza Cinecittà. Organised by cultural association Prenti l’Arte, the market includes handmade artworks by more than 40 artisans. Free entry. 09.00-20.00.
JNRC Christmas Market
9 Dec. The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC) at the American Episcopal Church of Rome, St Paul’s Within the Walls, holds its annual Christmas Market on Saturday 9 Dec, from midday until 17.00. The one-day-only sale includes gifts and craftwork, with hot chocolate and mulled wine, and Santa and his elves promise to make an appearance. For info tel. 064883339 or see website. Via Napoli 58 (Via Nazionale).
Natalino Lanificio Christmas Market
10 Dec. This one-day-only event at Lanificio 159 allows visitors to browse through the work of more than 100 artisans, from 11.00 until midnight. On offer are vintage and retro clothes and accessories, books and records. There are also activities for children, workshops, live music and street food. Via di Pietralata 159A.

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Top 10 food markets in Rome

Top 10 food markets in Rome

Top 10 food markets in Rome

Rome has numerous markets selling fresh, locally-produced food. Some are open daily, some only at weekends. Below is a list of ten of the best markets, in various areas of the city.

Biomercato alla Città dell’Altra Economia

The BioMercato farmer’s market is held at the Città dell’Altra Economia complex in Testaccio every Sunday from 09.00 until dusk. The market offers organic food products from the Lazio region and allows customers to speak directly to the farmers and food producers. There is also a SpazioBio organic supermarket, the Café Boario and the Stazione di Posta restaurant all of which are open on Sundays, and during the week except Monday. Largo Dino Frisullo, tel. 065740174

Campagna Amica del Circo Massimo

This farmers’ market takes place at weekends beside Circo Massimo. Food producers and farmers from the Lazio region sell their locally-produced fresh foods including cheeses, olive oil, cured meats, honey, wine, sausages and truffles. There are often children’s activities and food tastings, and visitors can also have lunch at the market, selecting the ingredients of their choice. Sat 09.00-18.00, Sun 09.00-16.00. Closed Sun in July, all August. Via di S. Teodoro 74, tel. 06489931

Campo de’ Fiori

The popular market at Campo de’ Fiori takes place under the statue of Giordano Bruno, and dates back to the 1800s. It features a large range of fruit, vegetables and spices, as well an increasing amount of tourist souvenirs and general household ware. Open Mon-Sat 06.00-14.00, closed Sun. Piazza Campo De’ Fiori.

Farmer’s Market Garbatella

In addition to fruit and veg, this weekend farmer’s market offers pastries, sauces, fruit juices, cakes, honey and jam, all produced in Lazio. Located in the Garbatella district, the market is also known for its fresh fish and seafood from Terracina south of Rome. Sat 08.30-18.00, Sun 08.30-14.30. Via Francesco Passino 22, tel. 0651605073

Nuovo Mercato Esquilino

Located near Termini station, this is probably the best place in Rome to purchase hard-to-find exotic herbs and spices. The Nuovo Mercato Esquilino offers a huge range of ethnic food including vegetables, spices, olives, cheese, meat and fish. There are also reasonable prices at the market which has entrances on Via Principe Amedeo, Via Mamiani, Via Turati and Via Lamarmora. Mon-Sat 05.00 alle 15.00. Via Principe Amedeo 184

Nuovo Mercato Trionfale

Rome’s largest street market, the Mercato Trionfale, has over 270 stalls, divided into sections for fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. The market also sells dried foods, nuts, eggs, cheese, jam and honey, as well as having a haberdashery element, with household items and childrens’ toys. Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat 07.00-14.00. Tues, Fri 07.00-19.00. Via Andrea Doria 3 (Via Tunisi)

Mercato dell’Unità

This fruit and veg market is housed in a neo-classical building about half-way along the stylish shopping street Via Cola di Rienzo, in the Prati district. Unlike most other markets which pack up by early afternoon, this covered market stays open until late. Its other boast is that it has underground parking. Mon-Sat 07.00-20.00. Piazza dell’Unità 53

Mercato S. Silverio

Busy medium-sized market located just off Via Gregorio VII, near St Peter’s, selling fresh produce mainly from the hinterlands of Rome. On offer is a decent selection of fruit and veg, fish, meat and cheeses of all kinds, as well as clothes. Open Mon-Sat mornings

Testaccio Market

The market at Testaccio is located in large, modern premises near MACRO Testaccio between Via Alessandro Volta, Via Galvani, Via Ghiberti and Via Beniamino Franklin. The covered area is lined with butchers, fishmongers and grocers selling an array of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, as well as more unusual items such as artisan doughnuts and organic wine. Mon-Thurs 07.00-14.00 and Fri 07.00-18.30 (non-stop), Sat 07.00-14.00. Sun closed. Via Beniamino Franklin 12

Storico Mercato Delle Coppelle

This small but picturesque street market is located in the historic centre, near the Pantheon. It offers fruit, vegetables and flowers each morning (with the exception of Sunday) from 07.00-13.00. Piazza delle Coppelle.

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Rome 12th most visited city in world

Rome 12th most visited city in world

Rome 12th most visited city in world

9.6 million international tourists expected to visit Rome in 2017.

Rome ranks in 12th place on the 2017 Top 100 City Destinations survey. The data is provided by statistics compiled by market researcher Euromonitor International.
The Italian capital is predicted to draw 9.6 million international tourists by the end of 2017. Representing a growth of 1.8 per cent compared to last year’s figure of 9.4 million visitors.
Hong Kong retains its crown as the planet’s most visited city for the ninth consecutive year. With 25.7 million international tourists expected in 2017, despite a predicted 3.2 per cent drop from its 26.55 million visitors in 2016. In second place is Bangkok (21.25 million in 2016; 23.27 expected in 2017) followed by London (19.19 million last year; 19.8 expected this year).
Although Rome is the third most visited European city – after Paris in seventh place with 14.26 million visitors expected this year –  it only attracts half the number of foreign tourists that flock to London.
The three other Italian cities on the list are: Milan in 27th place with 6.8 million, Venice in 38th place (5.2 million) and Florence in 44th position with 4.9 million tourists.

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10 facts about the Pantheon

10 FACTS ABOUT THE PANTHEON

1. The Pantheon in the historic centre of Rome was built by Emperor Hadrian between 119-128 AD. Before that, two buildings had existed on the same site but both burned to the ground leaving little trace, one in 80 AD and the second in 110 AD. Historians estimate that the original building was constructed somewhere between 29-19 BC by Marcus Agrippa. A Roman architect and consul, close friend, son-in-law and right-hand man to Emperor Augustus.
2. The inscription at the entrance of the Pantheon reads, in Latin: “M.AGRIPPA.L.F.COS.TERTIUM.FECIT”. It translates roughly as “Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, having been consul three times, made it (or Marcus Agrippa constructed this while being consul for the third time)”. Although Emperor Hadrian rebuilt the Pantheon long after Agrippa’s death, the inscription remains.
3. Sixteen columns support the arcade above which stands the inscription in honour of Agrippa. The immense columns, which were transported from Egypt, are estimated to weigh 60 tons each.
4. What is the Pantheon? Originally, it is believed to have been a pagan temple dedicated to all Roman gods. The name pantheon has Greek roots and means all (pan) gods (theos). However, some scholars disagree with this hypothesis. They claiming that its name is not necessarily proof of its activity. But of its size due to the sense of awe that the Pantheon still inspires on those who admire it from up close.
5. In the year 608 AD, Emperor Phocas gave the Pantheon to Pope Boniface IV, who consecrated it as a church in honour of St Mary and the Martyrs. It is still officially a church but no longer a parish church. It can still be visited free of charge. However the Italian culture ministry has been in negotiations with the city’s diocesan authorities in an attempt to introduce an entry fee in early 2018.
6. The dome has a circular hole at its centre called an oculus. So yes, this also means that it rains inside, which is not a problem due to the well-hidden drainage holes in the floor. What is most interesting about the open ceiling however is that on 21 April, on the celebration of Rome’s birthday, the midday sun shines through the oculus on to the Pantheon’s door. Also, to mark the annual Christian feast of Pentecost. A mediaeval ceremony revived in 1995 involves tens of thousands of rose petals being dropped through the oculus, symbolising the Holy Spirit’s descent to Earth.
Over the centuries many of the features of Hadrian’s Pantheon were sacked by emperors and popes. Beginning with the Byzantine emperor Constans II in 663 who ripped the gilt bronze tiles off the roof and took them to Syracuse in order to ship them to Constantinople. They never arrived because they were stolen by pirates on the way. In the 17th century Urban VIII took the gilt from the portico to make 80 cannons for Castel S. Angelo. However he added two campanili, sometimes attributed to Bernini, to the outside of the building. As they never fitted with the design of the original building they were finally taken down in the mid 1880s. In 1870 the new government of the united Italy took over the maintenance of the buiding and it became a national shrine and memorial to the kings of the new kingdom.
7. Another curiosity about the Pantheon’s dimensions is that the height from the floor to the oculus, and the diameter of the dome are the same: 43.2 m. This means that a perfect sphere could fit inside the Pantheon. Which is believed to be a symbolic reference to a sacred place, or quite literally, to the celestial sphere.
8. Raphael, who died in 1520, is buried in the Pantheon next to one of his lovers, Maria Bibbiena. Gossip has it that he always intended to marry her but postponed the day repeatedly because he was having an affair with La Fornarina, immortalised in his portrait of her which now hangs in Palazzo Barberini. Numerous other painters – Annibale Caracci, Taddeo Zuccari, Baldassarre Peruzzi, Pierino del Vaga and Giovanni da Udine – are also buried there. The two first kings of Italy are enshrined inside the Pantheon, Vittorio Emanuele II and Umberto I along with his wife Margherita.
9. The Pantheon’s dome was the largest in the world for over 1300 years, until the title passed to Florence’s cathedral in 1436. Today the world record is held by the National Stadium in Singapore however the Pantheon remains in 15th place.
10. The Pantheon still retains a record however: it is the world’s largest concrete dome suspended without reinforcement. This is possibly due to a combination of factors, including the arches contained in the 6m-thick walls supporting the ceiling, the various densities of concrete used in the construction of the dome and its thickness which lessens gradually as it nears the centre. This is why the dome appears slightly flattened from the outside while seeming perfectly round from the inside.

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Guide to Rome’s Underground sites

Guide to Rome’s Underground sites

Rome has a myriad of underground sites in the centre and in the suburbs, from catacombs and church crypts to ancient Roman villas and pagan temples.
Most of these sites are not open to the public on a regular basis, either because they are too dangerous or because it is not possible to provide staff for visits. Updated news and visiting information can be found on useful websites such as Sotterranei di Roma, Roma Sotterranea, Amici di Roma, Roma Capitale and Beni Archeologi di Roma.
Acquedotto Vergine
Via del Nazareno 9/a, tel. 060608.
The Aqua Virgo was built in 19 BC mainly to supply the Agrippa Baths in Rome’s Campo Marzio district. It still supplies water to the Trevi Fountain today. Group visits only, booking required. 09.00-19.00. The basement of the Rinascente department store on Via del Tritone also houses a 60-m section of the acqueduct. Mon closed.
Auditorium di Mecenate
Largo Leopardi (Via Merulana), tel. 060608.
Located under a public garden in the Esquilino district, this fresco-covered nymphaeum is all that remains of a vast architectural complex belonging to Gaius Maecenas, or Mecenate, an advisor to Octavian and enlightened patron of the arts. Group visits only.
Basilica di S. Clemente
Via Labicana 95, tel. 067740021.
A 12th-century basilica built over a fourth-century domus ecclesiae – a church in a private home – for early Christian worshippers. This in turn was constructed over buildings dating from between the first and third centuries AD, including a pagan temple. Mon-Sat 09.00-12.30, 15.00-18.00. Sun 12.15-18.00.
Catacombs of S. Agnese
Via Nomentana 349, tel. 068610840.
Named in honour of the virgin and martyr St Agnes, these catacombs in the Trieste district date to the second half of the third century. 09.00-12.00, 16.00-18.00. Closed Sun mornings and religious feast days.
Catacombs of S. Callisto
Via Appia Antica 110, tel. 0651301580.
These important catacombs origins are coming from the second century and occupy some 36 hectares. The four levels of tunnels cover 20 km and are more than 20m deep. Among the thousands of people buried here are ten martyrs and 16 popes. 09.00-12.00, 14.00-17.00, Wed closed.
Catacombs of S. Domitilla
Via delle Sette Chiese 282, tel. 065110342.
Rome’s oldest and best-preserved catacombs contains a network of tunnels covering 17km, a second-century fresco of The Last Supper and a fourth-century subterranean church. 09.00-12.00, 14.00-17.00. Closed Tues and 16 Dec-13 Jan.
Catacombs of Priscilla
Via Salaria 430, tel. 0686206272.
Situated near the Villa Ada park, these catacombs comprise a series of labyrinthine tunnels and burial chambers excavated between the second and fifth centuries. 08.30-12.00, 14.30-17.00. Closed Mon and Aug.
Catacombs of S. Sebastiano
Via Appia Antica 136, tel. 067850350.
From the first century this maze of tunnels and caves was used extensively to inter pagans and Christians, including the martyrs Sebastian and Eutychius. 10.00-17.00. Closed Sun and 1-28 Dec.
Capuchin Crypt
Via Vittorio Veneto 27, tel. 0688803695.
The vaults and walls of the four chapels in the Capuchin crypt are decorated with the bones of 4,000 monks who died between 1600 and 1800. Located under the church of S. Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. 09.00-19.00.
Church of S. Crisogono
Piazza Sidney Sonnino 44, (Viale Trastevere), tel. 065810076.
Underground site including an early Christian church and a third-century Roman house. Mon-Sat 07.30-11.30, 16.00-19.00. Sun 08.00-13.00, 16.00-19.00. Not possible to visit excavations during celebration of Mass.
Church of S. Lorenzo in Lucina
Via in Lucina 16, tel. 066871494.
This underground site was originally thought to have been a Roman house for early Christian worship but recent research indicates that it may have been a pre-Christian temple to Giunone Lucina, the goddess of pregnant women. Tours last Saturday of the month at 16.15.
Church of S. Nicola in Carcere
Via del Teatro di Marcello 46, tel. 0668892781.
The remains of three Republican-era temples, cells and alleys under the altar were once part of the bustling Forum Boarium complex, ancient Rome’s cattle market. 10.00-17.00. Wed closed.
Crypta Balbi
Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31, 0639967700.
Built over the ancient Roman Theatre of Balbus, this partially-underground museum is dedicated to urban archaeology and the Middle Ages. Tues-Sun 09.00-19.45. Mon closed.
Domus Aurea
Viale della Domus Aurea 1.
Emperor Nero’s golden palace was built after the great fire of Rome in 64 AD on a sprawling site in the Colle Oppio area. Guided tours in English Sat-Sun 09.00-16.45. Virtual reality tours Sat-Sun 09.00-18.15 (last admission 17.00).
Hadrian’s Crypt (Bocca della Verità)
Piazza Bocca della Verità 18.
Under the altar in the church of S. Maria in Cosmedin there is a small eighth-century crypt built to hold relics extracted from the catacombs by Pope Hadrian I. Mon-Sat 10.00-14.00, 15.00-17.30, Sun 12.00-17.30.
Jewish catacombs
Via Nomentana 70 and Via Appia Pignatelli 4.
The are six Jewish catacombs in Rome but not all are accessible. The Villa Torlonia catacombs, on Via Nomentana 70, are the largest and best known, while the Vigna Randanini catacombs, on Via Appia Pignatelli 4, opened to the public for the first time in 2016.
Mithraeum in Circo Massimo
Piazza Bocca della Verità 16, tel. 060608.
Guided visits for groups only. This five-room mithraeum, at the Bocca della Verità end of the Circus Maximus, is dedicated to the Roman deity Mithras. It dates to the fourth century but was only rediscovered in 1931.
Mithraeum in S. Prisca
Via di S. Prisca 11, tel. 0639967700.
The church of S. Prisca on the Aventine was built over a first-century temple to Mithras. Open on the second and fourth Sunday of every month, for individuals at 16.00, for groups at 15.00 and 17.00. Booking required.
Palazzo Valentini
Via Foro Traiano 85 (Piazza Venezia), tel. 0622761280.
The remains of ancient Roman houses are on permanent display below Palazzo Valentini, just off Piazza Venezia. 09.30-18.30. Tue closed.
Terme di Caracalla
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 52.
These Roman baths have a maze of underground areas including a gymnasium, changing rooms, frigidarium, tepidarium and caldarium. Open daily, Mon half day.
Stadium of Domitian
Via di Tor Sanguigna 3, tel. 0668805311.
The remains of the Domiziano Stadium, a Unesco World Heritage Site commissioned around AD 80 by Emperor Domitianus, are located about 4.5m under Piazza Navona. Daily 10.00-19.00, Sat 10.00-20.00. Audio guide available.
Vatican scavi
St Peter’s Basilica.
This Imperial-era necropolis contains the tomb of St Peter. Only private visits on request. Tour groups are approximately 12 people, according to language. For information see website or go to excavations office to the left of the Bernini colonnade in St Peter’s Square. Mon-Fri 09.00-18.00, Sat 09.00-17.00.

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Ancient Roman tombs found near football stadium in Rome

Ancient Roman tombs found near football stadium in Rome

Ancient Roman tombs found near football stadium in Rome

Archeologists have uncovered two ancient Roman burial sites behind a major contemporary sports facility.

The Olympic Stadium, home of rival football outfits Roma and Lazio, has always been a cemetery of dreams for both clubs. Now archeologists have found two ancient Roman sarcophagi, burial grounds, just behind one of the iconic stadium’s stands.
The discovery was announced by the Special Superintendency for the Colosseum and the Archaeological Area of Central Rome. A government body charged with protecting Rome’s cultural heritage. The organization is part of Italy’s Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Heritage.
“The sarcophagi would seem to be the burial places of two children of wealthy Roman families”. Said Rome’s cultural authority.
One of the sarcophagi was “decorated with a rich bas-relief”. While the other bears “simpler” yet also “impressive” motifs, according to the archeological body.
The stone tombs were found during a routine archeological dig “just behind the Curva Nord”, the part of the stadium used by Lazio supporters in home games.
So the findings have been taken to the superintendency’s labs to be restored and the results of studies will be released in the next few months, adds the statement.
Such discoveries are not uncommon in Rome. A carbonized solarium was found during excavations to extend a metro line in July this year. Baths and tombs were also unearthed last summer.

Not only Ancient Roman tombs, but Mini Pompeii found in Rome:

Mini Pompeii found in Rome

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Multi-religious marathon for peace in Rome

Multi-religious marathon for peace in Rome.
City and Vatican co-organise Rome Half Marathon Via Pacis.
The Rome Half Marathon Via Pacis, schedued for 17 September, is described as the first multi-religious half marathon for peace.

Peace, integration, solidarity. These are the fundamentals that inspired the “Rome Half Marathon VIA PACIS”. Event promoted by Rome Capitale and by the Pontifical Council for Culture.

That’s why, on the streets of the Capital, women, men, families, old and young people, children, sportsmen, people with disabilities, but also refugees will run, each one with his bib number, each one with his message of peace that will release, when arrive at the finish line, in some transparent columns that symbolize the columns of peace. The phrases and the testimonies collected will be published later in the book “Via Pacis”

So the 21-km race begins at St Peter’s Square at 09.00 on Sunday 17 September. It will be televised live on RAI Sport.

The race route will incorporate sites pertaining to five different religious denominations. It was inspired by the traditional pilgrimage of the seven churches. The “VIA PACIS” will create an ideal link between some of the places of worship and emblematic of the capital.
Those are St Peter’s, the Synagogue, the Mosque, the Valdese Church and the Orthodox Church.
“The first Half Marathon Multireligious for Peace it’s a really wonderful for the intentions and its implementation. An initiative which we are particularly proud and happy, because it helps us to foster dialog and integration between different religious communities present in Rome. Helps us to make more solid those sentiments of union and brotherhood which have existed for centuries, making them always current and present. Only in a common path, while respecting the diversity of each, our community will grow stronger and integral, ready to accept the challenges that are increasingly difficult and urgent. In the symbolically retrace the route of the pilgrims who arrived in our city from every part of the world, Rome will be once again the protagonist of the story that speaks to others with words of peace and solidarity. Always the one next to the other to run together.”
Said the Mayor of Rome Virginia Raggi

 There is also a non-competitive 5-km run. For details including registration see the multi-religious marathon for peace in Rome website.

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