Bus panoramic tour of Rome

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Monday, September 17, 2012

Map of Rome

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Sep 17: This was the last day of our tour, and what a tour this was!    We saw and experienced so much during the past 16 days that it boggles my mind to try to remember it all.    Everything is a blur.   I can only say at this point that I'm very happy to have taken this journey to Italy - long flights and all! 

I may return to edit some of the commentary and pictures, but this is the final blog of this series on my journey to Italy.   I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed working on it.   For some of you, it will be a good reminder of your journey to the same destinations.   

Ciao

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

   
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Roman Holiday directed by William Wyler, this was one of the first U.S. films to be shot on location overseas.  It won 3 Oscars and 11 nominations, but it was the location that soared the popularity of this film to a classic.  Audrey plays a bored and sheltered Princess Anne who is in Rome on a European capitol tour with her royal entourage keeping her on a strict schedule with tough restrictions.  They give her a sedative one night when she rebels against her keepers and sneaks out of the palace into a delivery truck.  The sedative takes effect after walking around the Roman Forum and she falls asleep on a stone bench.  Gregory Peck, playing an American reporter, finds her and brings her back to his apartment.  He goes to work early that morning and the news desk, and his boss, informs him of the missing Princess.  The boss wants him to do a story which will bring him a tidy sum of money and so he hires his American friend photographer Eddie Albert to take photos as Joe (Peck) shows Rome to Princess Anne.  The Princess learns of the authorities looking for her so she gets an Italian haircut and hops on Joe's moped for the best time of her life.  You have to see the movie.  It’s a classic that grabs your undivided attention no matter how many times you see it.

The photos above, Santa Maria in Cosmedin is a church not far from the Roman Forum built in the 6th century. 
PANTHEON:

 
From italyguides.it 
The Pantheon in Rome is the Roman monument with the greatest number of records: the best preserved, with the biggest brick dome in the history of architecture and is considered the forerunner of all modern places of worship. It is the most copied and imitated of all ancient works.Michelangelo felt it was the work of angels, not men.

Where it stands was not chosen by chance, but is a legendary place in the city's history. According to Roman legend, it is the place where the founder of Rome, Romulus, at his death was seized by an eagle and taken off into the skies with the Gods.

But what was it for and what does the name mean?

The name comes from two Greek words pan, "everything" and teon "divine". Originally, the Pantheon was a small temple dedicated to all Roman gods. Built between 27 and 25 B.C. by the consul Agrippa, Prefect of the Emperor Augustus, the present building is the result of subsequent, heavy restructuring.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
   
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