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Villa di Massenzio, Rome

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  • On a clear day and with the wind virtually absent (6 knots) is beautiful to walk into the area of Maxentius which is between the second and third mile of the Appia Antica. Take the harmony of the complex which includes the Palace, the circus and the dynastic mausoleum (Tomb of Romulus, young son of Maxentius) designed to celebrate the Emperor in the fourth century. Before there was a Roman villa rustica from the 2nd century. BC over a hill opened the landscape as well as the Villa dei Quintili of which I reviewed last year. On a sunny day daisies ogle at the tomb of Cecilia Metella and we enjoy all this. The Appia Antica, regina viarum, is already a show within walking distance from my house. Exciting, full of history and ... Unfortunately by cheeky noblewomen who allow themselves to make statements on the paved roads that would spoil the suv. (Corriere della Sera-Chronicle of Rome, July 19, 2014). Oh what a beauty, I thought it was the suv to break, as it happens, the ancient Appia pavements which Paolo Rumiz dedicates a book of 360 pages, the record of his journey on foot from Rome to Brindisi. Great! The circus is spectacular, it measured 528 meters long, was of 92 metres wide. The plug perfectly visible, measured 283 long and 7 meters wide. It would seem it had never been used. Well this spoliation and became the imperial residence was the usual ravenous Torlonia until 1943, when the comune di Roma acquires for expropriation the archaeological complex. Only in 1960, at the Olympic Games of Rome, resurfaces on the perimeter walls, basement Circus you consolidate, it restores the plug, the quadriporticus and the mausoleum. Dear reader, you just have to go there, spend a sunny afternoon and then read everything you can find. n.b.-compulsory notation: my photos taken with Iphone does not do it justice. On Flickr you will find better.
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  • Due to the Emperor Maxentius who in just six years (lasted his reign) was able to accomplish many public works, including the imperial residence that stared in this villa. Includes the Imperial Palace, the circus and the mausoleum of Romulus. Starting from the Palace could boast a dominant position and was placed on a small hill where they were placed its roots hidden by a terrace; a cryptoporticus served as substructure. The building insisted on previous constructions of: a villa, two nymphs, a large cistern and a spa complex. Remaining parts are just the apses of three large rooms, of which the Central was the aula palatina namely the Imperial Ballroom. An arcade of 200 metres far, preceded by an atrium allowed the emperor to reach, not seen, the Imperial circus stage. The circus was built in 311 a.d. and had exclusive use of Maxentius and his court, which explains its small size; could accommodate only 10,000 spectators. It was a little more than 500 metres with a width of just under 100, the plug instead was about 300 meters and inside grew sequentially ten tanks of which are needed especially to wet the track. The two towers are still in situ, delimiting the area of starting the game, placed on the sides of the twelve starting stalls for horses. Apart from the two secondary entrances between towers and bleachers, and a third to the South opposite the Imperial pulvinar, the main entrance was in the East and preceded by an arch. No trace has been found of sand that was supposed to cover the track for believing that the circus has never been used. Finally the mausoleum of Romulus; the building is named after the son of Maxentius who died young and was buried here. Originally it was supposed to be the family plot and had the appearance of a small pantheon with circular crypt intended to accommodate the sarcophagi that grew around a large central pillar. Upstairs was the cell to the deified Emperor worship; the upper part including the dome is almost completely disappeared admitted that has ever completed its construction. Impressive was the portico that surrounded the mausoleum which is a decent part: it was in opera listed. The so-called tomb of Subservient (much older, perhaps 1st century BC) placed on the South side of the portico was incorporated into the complex.
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  • The circus of Maxentius with villa is located in the middle of the Park of the Appia antica, to visit, admission is free and besides making a healthy walk in the Park you can enjoy a nice view of ancient Rome. Recommended ...
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