The Rome Guide: Step by Step Through History's Greatest City

The Rome Guide: Step by Step Through History's Greatest City

Mauro Lucentini

Language: English

Pages: 735

ISBN: 1566568366

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Written by one of Italy's most distinguished journalists, this guidebook-a favorite in Italy and Germany-combines vivid, engaging descriptions and background with great practicality and enormous breadth of knowledge.

A book both for people visiting Rome for the first time and for those who find themselves frustrated by the city's sheer complexity, this is an utterly reliable and accessible companion that brings the staggering riches of the Eternal City to vivid life. Comprehensive in scope, but plotted with both precision and panache, it will help any visitor make the most of even the briefest time in Rome.

* Ten original walks and diversions uncover the heart of Rome
* Fascinating text reveals the city's extraordinary rich tangle of 27 centuries of history and architecture
* Full indexes and a biographical dictionary of artists
* Hundreds of maps and diagrams make orientation foolproof
* Complete visitor information provides practical details about staying and eating Rome

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and saunas for sweating and resting, where the oils, dust and sweat were scraped off with curved metal or bone implements called strygils. You’ll see a strygil on the famous statue of Apoxyomenos in the Vatican (p. 320). Bathers could choose between hot, warm and cold pools. On one side was a great swimming pool, used only in summer. Mixed bathing was deplored by moralists such as Quintilian and occasionally prohibited by emperors, including Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius, who set separate hours for

assumption that given the choice between visiting the place exhaustively and not getting exhausted yourself, you’ll pick the second option. Charlemagne, by Agostino Cornacchini: an early rococo variant on Bernini’s statue of Constantine, to which this was a pair We call the Vatican collections ‘museums’ rather than ‘museum’ since they vary widely in nature and origin. Our Walk includes only the major art collections. Others, including those unrelated to the unique Renaissance character of the

‘basilica’ indicates churches laid out as were ancient Roman basilicas (see glossary) but it is also used for some churches of key importance regardless of their architecture. But one can very well avoid these distinctions and stick to the word ‘church’. Each city has a ‘cathedral’, the church of the city’s highest bishop; in Rome, this is St. Peter’s, the pope’s church. Street names made simpler Piazza is a square and via is a street; that much almost everybody knows; but it may be useful to

solid silver statue, by the prominent French sculptor Pierre Legros, but a reproduction in silver-plated stucco; the same goes for the angels. The original silver statuary, in fact, was melted down in 1804 on order of the Vatican to help pay war reparations imposed on the papal armies by Napoleon. At the foot of the silver statue are two statuary groups which are battle cries of the Counter-Reformation crusade; in both, Protestantism is represented by hideous figures. On the left is Faith

Dominican church of S. Maria Novella there. The key feature is the width of the nave, essential for preaching. The church is open: 07:00-12:00 and 16:00-19:00. Start from the right. The fifth chapel, midway up the aisle, has a pleasant early 16th-century painting by Antoniazzo Romano. It shows Cardinal Giovanni Torquemada – uncle of the dreaded chief of the Spanish Inquisition – introducing to the Virgin a group of girls who had received a dowry from the church. Two chapels further along, a

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