Rome is a very old city in the middle of Italy. Its 28 centuries of history make Rome one of the most ancient cities in the world. This longevity has yielded thousands of marks all around the place and a simple walk through the streets of the Centre will give you the feeling of the old spirit these buildings carry.
Legends say that Romolo and Remo, born from Mars, the God of War, and Rhea Silvia, a vestal virgin and daughter of the local King, have been risen by a wolf. Leaving aside the stories, Rome was born to be the capital of a great Empire. The Centre, surrounded by the Walls built in 270 AD and well preserved, resembles the extension of the Roman city which is still bigger of modern cities such as Milan or Naples. The 1400 ha of the area is UNESCO site compared to 365 of Paris; just in this area there are 25000 archaeological sites which make Rome the city with the highest number of piece of art per square meter in the world.
Different historical periods such as Medieval Age, Renaissance, Resurgence, Monarchy period and Fascism have shaped the city and after troubled times Rome has been set as the Capital of the country.
In modern times Rome have adapted to the transformations typical of a metropolis yielding a mixture of styles and cultures that is unique an remarkable.
The Sapienza University is one of the most ancient Universities of Italy since it’s been founded in 1303. It’s also the biggest in Europe with about 120000 students whose number raised the necessity of subdivision in more faculties.
Around 1500 people, between students and hospital’s stuff, have been working in the hospital since 2001 when it opened.
Sant’Andrea has been set up as a place where the experience developed by the main hospital over the course of centuries is being used in a modern infrastructure. As a result it’s a really efficient establishment with also some national renowned excellences.
Nonetheless the surgical wards are very advanced and doctor’s helpfulness it’s often recognized by students and by incomings every year. It will be surely a positive experience for anyone who decides to spend a month in the Eternal City.
A proverb says “Omnes viae Romam ducunt!” which basically means that all the roads leads to Rome.It applies until you get to gates of the City where, if not properly ready, people get lost before they even know it.
Public transport consist of:
You could have a tough time getting along with Public transport in Rome, but with a few tips it will be pretty easy! First of all, monthly ticket will cover the expenses of all the means. Regular buses run from 5. 30 a. m. to midnight while the tube closes at 11. 30 p.m, 1.30am on saturday. You will be accompanied in these steps.
There are two international airports: Rome Fiumicino "Leonardo da Vinci" (FCO) and Rome Ciampino "Pastine" (CIA).
Anytime a foreinger asks an Italian what is there to see in Rome, he will start to sweat and panick before attempting to produce any sound.
As every other old city, Rome has got many problems mostly related to a bad urban development plan but what is peculiar is the huge amount of pieces of architecture and ancient sites that have been edified throughout 28 centuries of history! These masterpieces seem to be standing meaninglessly, randomly located around the city center, hidden in plain sight. If you spend a month here with a curious mindset you can start to foresee the lines of a plot that has taken place right where you will be walking.
Visiting a city without understanding the historical background that produced it would mean looking at bricks piled up together to fulfill a purpose merely ‘turistic’. Rome is way more than that. It is pointless to stare at opulent Palaces once belonged to one of the Aristocratic Houses without knowing why the palace is there in the first place.
So, living the City from this point of view will enable you to understand why we Italians like to call it Roma Aeterna.
Incomings will be provided with all the useful information they need and informal tours will be organized to show Rome in a way they have never considered.
The four Basilicas
Piazza Del Popolo