Rome the 7 hills

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Only one city has for more than 2000 years been known as the city on seven hills. That city is Rome.

It is within the city of Rome, called the city of seven hills, that the entire area of Vatican State proper is now confined.
Most travelers know the 7 hills of Rome and part of the history of Rome, but here is a little more information, so when you do visit, you can imagine as you wander the maze of piazzas, and how it may have been in the beginning of the city of Rome.
Rome’s history spans more than two and half thousand years since its legendary founding’s in 753 BC. Rome also is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in Europe. 
Poets and writers alike have named it the Eternal City, as it will live forever.
Tradition holds that the seven hills were first occupied by small settlements and not grouped or recognized as a city called Rome. The denizens of the seven hills began to participate in a series of religious games, which started to bond the groups. The city of Rome came into being as these separate settlements acted as a group, draining the marshy valleys between them and turning them into markets (fora in Latin). Later, the seven hills were protected through the Servian Walls.

 

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Pompeii and Vesuvius eruption in the year 79 B.C. A moment frozen in time

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Pompeii is the most famous and visited archaeological site in the world. Pompeii, was the luxurious resort of wealthy Romans and now the most famous still-life of volcanic doom is just five miles southeast of Vesuvius. It was buried almost instantly in the eruption of A.D. 79.

Vesuvius is situated on the coast of the Bay of Naples about nine kilometers, six miles to the east of the city, a short distance inland from the shore. It forms a conspicuous feature in the beautiful landscape of the bay. The grandeur of the mountain side, landscape and city all in the foreground when viewed from the sea, leads one to the imagination of this historical happening. The mountain is notorious for its destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum the illustrious Roman cities in AD 79. It has erupted many times since and is today regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of the population of over three million people who now reside close to it coupled with its tendency of explosive eruptions.

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Villa Della Torre in Valpolicella, Verone Province

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What a perfect venue to celebrate your destination wedding, in this masterpiece of resplendent XVI Century Italian architecture located on a unique hill top parcel of land in Valpolicella. Not only do they offer luxurious weddings! But much more than one can expect with the finest in Culinary classes, sumptuous and renown wine tastings from their own local wine made by the Allegrini Association, Concerts, meetings, and unforgettable art shows.

The recently refurbished Villa Della Torre designed in the precepts of ancient Roman architects Vitruvio and Plinio Il Giovane. The villa was built by Guilio Della Torre. He was a wealthy humanist, who was involved in many religious, social, and political activities. Its completion was in the mid 1560’s’ from an unknown architect. But was said it could have been built in the influence of the great Giulio Romano, who worked and lived in Mantua, and designed and constructed his master piece of Palazzo Te.

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Venice carnival 2014, Wonder and Fantasy nature

carnevale-a-veneziaAre you a lover of masked balls, renaissance costuming, fine foods, gobs of galas, parading with thousands of people in amazing costumes, or love the history and culture of Venice one of the world’s oldest forms of mask festivals?

Then this year’s celebration of “Wonder and Fantasy “should intrigue you.
For centuries, the Carnival of Venice has been one of the most celebrated historic festivals, and it is still free to attend. The 12 fun filled days of Carnival always begins two Fridays before Ash Wednesday and extends till Fat Tuesday. This year’s dates are: February 14th –March 4th.
Carnivale Di Venezia, festival expression this year is of themes linked to the relationship between humankind and thevenez environment: Fairy tales and nature are the basis of this year’s Carnivale. With the focus on, the valleys, the seas, the woods, the lakes, the rivers and the mysterious vegetable and animal creatures that inhabit these places. Imagine the wackiness of a giant vegetable head or masked fairytale characters in the thousands wandering the festival corridors, or riding in the procession of decorated gondolas filling the Gran Canal.

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