in the former Cinema Trevi. Archaeologists have excavated 4,300 square feet of ruins of what used to be a fourth century Roman mansion and a section of an aqueduct - the Aqua Virgo - that connects to the nearby Trevi Fountain. Another discovery on the outskirts of Rome is Ostia Antica, the ancient harbour city built on the banks of the Tiber. The ancient city is mentioned in the 2000 film Gladiator, when the protagonist Maximus (played by Russell Crowe) learns that his army is camped at Ostia and awaiting orders. Ostia also has a beautiful beach where the view of the Mediterranean Sea is scenic.
Inside the city, the Villa Borghese which houses the Galleria Borghese where we can find one of the most important collections of sculpture and paintings in the world including works by Bernini and Raphael. The Villa Borghese estate and gardens, a gift from Pope Paul V to his nephew Scipione Borghese in the early 1600s. The statue of his wife Pauline (Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister) has been in the villa since 1838 and is a breathtaking work of art.
A visit to Rome will not be complete without seeing the famed Roman baths. A recent archaeological find, is the Terme di Caracalla or the Baths of Caracalla named after the emperor Caracalla. Before leaving Rome, don't forget a walk on Via Veneto, home to the famous Café de Paris and Harry's Bar, immortalised in Federico Fellini's iconic film, La Dolce Vita.
By Steena Joy