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Castel Sant'Angelo: A round building built originally by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family, then a fortress and now a museum.
Il Vittoriano, monument to King Victor Emmanual, who united Italy in 1861. This grandiose structure that dominates the Piazza Venezia, is also known as "the typewriter". The allusion may not be familiar to those of you who may never have seen an early typewriter, but rest-assured that there is a resemblance. It holds the tomb of the Italian unknown soldier from WWI.
Trajan's Column: This 98 foot high tower was constructed in 113 AD in commemoration of the Roman Emperor Trajan under whom the Roman Empire reached its farthest. A spiral bas-relief depicting two of the Emporer's military campaigns coils upward around its outside. A cast copy of part of this column is in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Churches, perhaps hundreds, are in Rome, as this chronological list indicates. They date from the 4th century, when Christianity began to get established as a major religion. If you want to visit one other than St. Peters, you may want to try Santa Maria Maggiore on the Esquiline hill, which dates from 432 AD and was rebuilt over an earler church. Its interior is decorated with much gold and it has a very tall 14th century bell tower.
Walking tours: Frommers web site has short descriptions of places to visit on four separate walking tours. Some of the places described have also been discussed above. Walking tour One is titled Rome of the Caesars, Two is the Heart of Rome, Three is Renaissance Rome, and Four is Trastevere. Trastevere and Testaccio are neighborhoods often mentioned in guide books because they typify Italian living and offer many restaurants where good Italian meals can be had.
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