The endurance of the Roman Empire

The endurance of the Roman Empire is visible all over Italy, even though it may not be as evident as you may imagine.

Of course, you will notice the Coliseum and the old forum ruins, but in many cases you will need much more attention to realise how the old Roman monuments, buildings and work of arts survived for centuries until today, after being re-used, absorbed in other buildings, or just forgot.

I hope you will enjoy a taste of Old Roman Empire with this weekly photo challenge.


Ancient family tomb, via Appia Antica, Rome

Many roman tombs still dot the Old Appian Way, today a very popular park where Romans spend their Sunday mornings, often without even realizing teh archeological fascination of the old remains.

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Find out more in my post: Cycling on history: discover Rome Appian Way and its catacombs


The Roman arena in Gubbio, Umbria

It’s the first monument you see when entering Gubbio, but the majority of Tourists skip it and only visit the Medieval city center.


Find out more in my post: Gubbio, medieval perfection in Umbria


The Pantheon, Rome

It’s one of the few Roman temples that survived unchanged until today, after being converted in a church after Christianism was adopted as the “official” empire religion.

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Find out more in my post: Night walk in Rome


Porta Borsieri, Verona

It’s a monumental Roman door, extremely well preserved and perfectly integrated in the “newer” city structure.


Find out more in my post: Verona in one day


The theater and the Volcano, Taormina, Sicily

An symbol of Sicily, what else should I say?

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Classical Roman bas relief, decorating Villa Medici inner facade, Rome

Cardinal Ferdinando de Medici created an open air museum by enriching the inner facade of his new palace with Roman works of art discovered when digging his new villa groundwork.

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Find out more in my post: Discovering the Spanish Steps


San Vitale church and its amazing mosaics, Ravenna

Ravenna has been one of the last capitals of the Western Roman empire (V century). Its byzantine churches are an incredible hence little known legacy.

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Find out more in my post: Byzanthium in Italy: mysterious Ravenna


Remains of a Roman temple absorbed in a medieval building, Rome, old Jewish ghetto

As it was often the case, roman remains were either recycled (the stones, the colomns, the decorations) or used as the baseground for new buildings.

Resti romani- via portico di Ottavia

Find out more in my post: The most charming fountain of Rome

Remains of an old Roman street, Celio hill, Rome

Close to the Palatino, where Emperors used to build their palaces, this hidden small street is 100% Roman. You can actually visit an authentic large underground Roman house from there (the entrance is among the arches)


Find out more in my post: A dive in medieval Rome


Emperor Adrian’s mausoleum, now Castel sant’Angelo, Rome

Yes, Rome castle used to be a Roman Emperors tomb…

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Find out more in my post: Night walk in Rome

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