Last update: 2010-12-29

Rome: The Roman Colosseum - v2.0

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2010-12-29 :: ItalyGuides.it
The greatest and most formidable amphitheatre in the Roman world. The event the audience enjoyed most was definitely the gladiators. Towards midday there was a break during which they removed the bodies and spread more sand on the arena floor. A deafening noise arose from the audience; the gladiators paraded into the packed arena triumphantly and were welcomed by fans like real heroes, a bit like today's sports champions. After a brief walk around the arena, the gladiators paid homage to the Emperor's stage saluting with the famous words "Ave Cesare morituri te salutant" (Ave Caesar, those who are about to die salute you).…


Rome: The Roman Forum: History [1 of 19] - v2.0

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2010-12-29 :: ItalyGuides.it
The Forum was the pulsing heart of Rome, the city’s main piazza where citizens of every social level met to exchange opinions, do business, buy in the markets and renew their strength over a tasty dish and a cup of good wine.…


Rome: The Roman Forum: Rostrum & Miliarium Aureum [5 of 19] - v2.0

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2010-12-29 :: ItalyGuides.it
To the left of the Arch of Septimius Severus, there is a large wall full of holes. This is another very important place in the city’s life: it was the new orators’ tribune.…


Rome: Trevi Fountain - v2.0

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2010-12-29 :: ItalyGuides.it
This extraordinary work of art is more than just a sculpture: it is a triumphant example of Baroque art, whose depictions of nature and imaginary creatures embody the movement of water as the soul of the world.…


Rome: The Pantheon - v2.0

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2010-12-29 :: ItalyGuides.it
The Pantheon is the Roman monument holding the greatest number of records: the best preserved, with the biggest brick dome in the history of architecture and is considered the forerunner of all modern places of worship. It is the most copied and imitated of all ancient works. Michelangelo felt it was the work of angels not men.…


Rome: Piazza Navona - v2.0

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2010-12-29 :: ItalyGuides.it
From the shadows of the ancient, winding streets of the historic center, you suddenly come upon the breathtaking magnificence of Piazza Navona, born as a place of spectacle and still today a spectacular open air show; an architectural miracle in the heart of the Eternal City, filled with masterpieces in perfect harmony with each other.…


Rome: St. Peter’s Basilica: History [1 of 3] - v2.0

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2010-12-29 :: ItalyGuides.it
The great Basilica of Saint Peter, the most important in the Christian world, is the monument that manages to unite in a single place the religious faithful and lovers of art. It’s dedicated to Peter, first among the apostles, first pope and head of the Church.…


Rome: The Vatican Museums: The Birth [1 of 18] - v2.0

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2010-12-29 :: ItalyGuides.it
This is the start of a mysterious and fascinating trip: a voyage across more than 20 centuries of creativity through which art and history intertwine, telling the story of what human ingenuity has created through the ages.…


Rome: The Circus Maximus - v2.0

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2010-12-29 :: ItalyGuides.it
Excitement, risk and tension, were the ingredients of every chariot race. Circus Maximus is the biggest sports stadium ever built. Just think that it could hold almost three hundred and eighty thousand visitors with free access to races. Almost four times bigger than the biggest stadium today, an incredible number.…


Florence: The Uffizi Gallery

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2007-05-03 Length: 4m 24s
A visit to the Uffizi means immerging oneself in the glorious history of the city. Above all, you find yourself face to face with some of the most famous masterpieces of all time.…


Florence: Piazza della signoria

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2007-03-22 Length: 8m 56s
If we were to choose which images most represent Florence we would probably choose two: the spectacular Brunelleschi’s Dome, and the Piazza della Signoria.…


Florence: The Brunelleschi's Dome

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2007-01-03 Length: 7m 42s
The building of the cupola on Florence cathedral, by Filippo Brunelleschi, can be considered one of the Renaissance’s main building enterprises. The premises for cultural rebirth after the dark Middle Ages.…


Florence: David of Michelangelo

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2006-10-05 Length: 7m 53s
After four days travelling round the city, transported with the care and attention normally reserved for great events, Michelangelo’s David finally reached its destination and was immediately celebrated as one of the greatest masterpieces of Renaissance.…


Venice: The Carnival of Venice

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2006-05-18 Length: 4m 24s
Thousands of tourists come to Venice to see and take part in its magnificent Carnival; walking round in fancy dress in this city's magical scenery means taking part in a truly exceptional happening.…


Venice: Born and history of Venice

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2006-04-21 Length: 11m 24s
This unique city with its magic, spectacular scenarios is a miracle of talent not just beauty.…


Venice: The Doge's Palace

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2006-03-31 Length: 10m 52s
Doge's Palace still has the charm of one of the most beautiful palaces ever built.…


Venice: The Basilica of San Marco

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2006-03-19 Length: 9m 47s
The Basilica of San Marco is the Venice's unquestioned symbol and main tourist attraction.…


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ItalyGuides.it: Italy Travel Guide: Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Naples

ItalyGuides.it today reinvented audio-guides, giving them the feel of "Cinema" instead of the academism of traditional ones, with movie-style music, narration by American voice actor Gregory Snegoff, images and sound effects, dramatically enhancing the storytelling process. Roman Coliseum events, gladiator fights, Michelangelo's David in Florence or Venice with its magic, spectacular scenarios will live in your iPod and will tell you what Italy was like at the height of its splendour. (also available in Spanish and Italian language)

ItalyGuides.it: Italy Travel Guide: Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Naples