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Bees appear in the Triton Fountain. What do they represent?

The wonderful Triton fountain is another of the many Roman masterpieces by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It was built between the end of 1642 and the first half of 1643. As in the Fountain of the Bees, several curious stylized insects also appear here. Find out why. The fountain is in fact located in the current Piazza Barberini and is fed by a branch of the Felice aqueduct, which passed in the immediate vicinity. It best expresses the new Baroque architectural and artistic conception of space. In fact, the sculptural part completely includes the same architectural structure. The four dolphins with intertwined tails, between which are placed the papal coats of arms with bees, the heraldic symbol of the Barberini family, support an enormous shell, from which the Triton rises imposing and majestic. The symbols carved in the Triton fountain recall the dynastic celebration of the Barberini, the family to which Pope Urban VIII belonged. Bees are the heraldic symbol of the family, and symbolize the triumph of Divine Providence. Dolphins, benevolent animals par excellence, represent the works of charity carried

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The Roman dish that conquered the United States

Rigatoni alla Zozzona are one of the most famous first courses of the Roman tradition, a humble recipe full of flavors that abounds in Roman spirit. A pasta that brings together all the regional specialties that pays no attention to calories and that has also conquered the United States. If we talk about the Roman culinary tradition we cannot help but mention the Zozzona pasta, an extraordinary mix that contains within it most of the most famous first courses of the Capitoline cuisine, made of humility and abundance, of simple ingredients in generous doses, of dishes rich in flavors that pay little attention to calories. Sausage, bacon, gravy, eggs and pecorino cheese, these are the ingredients of the legendary Zozzona, a dish that has conquered not only the palates of the capital but which has also exalted the taste buds overseas, yes because this is one of the coolest recipes in the United States United States of America. A poor pasta born from an anti-waste perspective that looks a lot like a synthesis of carbonara, cacio e pepe, amatriciana and

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Rome has a secret name, which very few know

Did you know? Rome also has a secret name, which very few know. Rome has also had another secret name since ancient times and it has always been a sacrilege to pronounce it. What was this name and what happened to Ovid who tried to reveal it? Many anecdotes are linked to the names of Rome. According to a widespread tradition in antiquity, a city had three names: a sacred one, a public one and a secret one. The public name of Rome was joined by the religious name of Flora or Florens, used on the occasion of certain sacred ceremonies, the secret one has remained unknown. The reason and the need for this secrecy goes back to another tradition widespread among the ancients (but also in some non-Western contemporary cultures) and which is also found in the history of the origin of writing: the name of an object or entity it expressed the essence and energy of the object or entity it defined. Naming something was equivalent to making it alive and existing and knowing the name meant, in

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Typical Roman Dishes, The Pajata

A tasty Roman tradition between budella, milk and tomato pasta mentioned also in the film with the great Roman actor Alberto Sordi Typical dishes of Roman cuisine and cinema. The “Pajata” in “The Marquis del Grillo” by Monicelli with Alberto Sordi. Pajata is a particular and typical dish of Roman cuisine. It is part of the “frattaglie” family, in fact it concerns the soft intestine of the milk calfskin which is normally called duodenum and which contains chimney, the curled maternal milk that resembles ricotta that the calf has nourished. A classic recipe with Pajata served accompanied by Rigatoni with sautéed sauce by scaming the onion, carrot and celery, a clove of garlic. Italy Rome Tour Is Affiliated with Vatican Rome Tours The intestine is either left open to further season the sauce or sewn to the nodine. In a scene of the film “The Marquis del Grillo” by Mario Monicelli, Alberto Sordi label as “excrements” the dish, as a gut with in fact content content food in digestion. However, the definition is not exactly correct, as the duodenum is

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Roman monuments: the obelisk of Minerva

The ancient and particular Egyptian obelisk was brought in the imperial era: it is supported by a small elephant, very dear to the Romans. Let’s discover his curious story together. The Obelisk of Minerva (Piazza della Minerva) arrived in Rome with the obelisk of the Pantheon and that of Dogali, it was found in 1665 in the convent annexed to Santa Maria sopra Minerva and raised in front of the church in 1667 at the behest of Pope Alexander VII , according to a project conceived by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, with a baby elephant in the base. It is one of the nine Egyptian obelisks in Rome, located in the Piazza della Minerva (the square of the basilica of Santa Maria sopra Minerva). The obelisk is positioned on the back of a marble elephant, sculpted by Ercole Ferrata based on a design by Bernini in 1667. The whole monumental complex is also popularly known as the Pulcin della Minerva: “pulcino” in the dialect of the time stood for “porcino” , “little pig”, referring to the elephant “because of its small

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Typical Roman sweets. The “Drunkards” of the Castelli

Most of the recipes of Roman cuisine originate from peasant culture. Ciambellette al vino are a dessert typical of the castles of the province of Rome in Lazio and date back to the customs of the ancient Lazio countryside. It was prepared with makeshift ingredients by very poor families, and then became very popular thanks to the lucky flavor, enriched by the pungent taste of the wine. In the Lazio region there are several variations, including the one that involves the use of the must, which returns a sweeter flavor or the use of citrus fruits, cinnamon or fennel seeds. They tend to be consumed throughout the year, generally at the end of lunch or dinner, but there are those who do not mind having them for breakfast, especially during the Christmas holidays. To prepare them you need flour, baking powder, granulated sugar for the dough and covering, seed oil (someone uses olive oil) and wine which can be either red or white. The flour and sugar are mixed with the wine and the oil and then the yeast is

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The city walls of Rome: Saint Paul Door

After talking about the Porta Latina and the origin of the word Lazio associated with it, we dedicate our article to one of the most impressive and best preserved of the gates of the Aurelian Walls in Rome. The name is due to the fact that it is located near the exit for the Basilica of San Paolo outside the walls. The Gate has two huge towers with a circular base and originally two arches, it once took the name of Porta Ostiensis because the via Ostiense starts here and reaches the sea of Ostia between via Marmorata and viale Aventino. Over the years the port of Ostia lost its significant role for trade and the name of Paolo was increasingly associated with the port. The collection of the toll for the relative transit took place nearby. (In this regard, the customs scene in the film “We just have to cry” is memorable, where the transit – in another area – is repeatedly asked: “Who are you. What do you do? A Fiorino” filmed at the Castle of Rota ,

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Gladiator fights were abolished in 404 AD

The gladiatorial activity was abolished in 404 by Honorius I. Already the emperor Constantine did everything possible to put an end to the barbarism of the Colosseum, however it was only in 404 that the shows ended completely. The battles were abolished following an accident in which the Greek monk Almacchio (or Telemachus) was killed, who went down to the Arena to protest against these abominable tortures. But who were the gladiators really? What really happened in the Colosseum in Rome and in the other amphitheaters of the Roman Empire and why did these shows get abolished after so many deaths? Did you know? Gladiator fights were abolished in 404 AD. after the killing of a monk. Theodoret narrates (History Eccl., V, 26) that a certain monk Telemachus would have come from the East to Rome to put an end to the cruelty of gladiator fights. One day during a show he went down in the middle of the arena among the fighters, trying to stop the massacre, but the indignant spectators stoned him. The emperor Honorius, informed of this,

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Where does the name Lazio come from?

Start our journey to get to know the Gates of Rome one by one. In fact, the city is surrounded by imposing protective walls that delimited its borders and by 14 access gates. An important anecdote is linked to one of these. For each door, there are hundreds of associated anecdotes. When you cross these doors it seems to cross not only a frontier and therefore space, but to cross time. One of these fourteen gates is the Porta Latina, whose name derives from the name of the Via Latina in the perimeter of Lazio and belongs to the Aurelian Walls. Unlike other gates that have undergone many changes over the years, the Porta Latina has remained the one that has had fewer reinterpretations than it originally was, despite the frequent conservation restorations and rearrangements of the medieval and more recent times. On the sides it is possible to see the monogram of Constantine while on the right the Maltese cross. A legend that spread in 1600 tells that the flight of the god Saturn towards the Lazio countryside took

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The history of Testaccio district in Rome

The neighborhood develops around Monte dei Cocci, an artificial hill born from the accumulation of discarded Roman amphorae. The shards were neatly arranged in various layers; if you find yourself on the hill, know that under your feet are the remains of more than fifty million amphorae that contained oil and other commodities. The hill has a perimeter of about one kilometer and is about 50 meters high. Why were these amphorae thrown away? Did you know? It took 50 million amphorae to form the Testaccio hill: why were they thrown away? Monte Testaccio (Mons Testaceus, in Latin) is therefore an artificial hill formed by shards (testae, in Latin) and various debris, accumulated over the centuries as the residue of the transports that headed to the nearby port of Ripa grande (Emporium). The hill on which the district rests is formed by the fragments of the amphorae discarded by the nearby port which was located on the River Tiber in the imperial age. Monte Testaccio has a perimeter of about 700 meters, a maximum height of 45 meters and an

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