A “Little London” in the heart of Rome

Low and colorful houses in the typical “English style”. A London corner in the heart of Rome, just three tram stops from the central Piazza del Popolo: it’s a surprise, isnt’it?

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This small private road, bordered by two gates (which can be accessed from Via Flaminia, at number 287 or via Vignola) seems to belong to the famous Notting Hill district of London. But it is a short walk from the Flaminio Stadium.
The quietness and the special atmosphere that reigns among those gates so British, with steps and gardens all adorned with flowers, are two of the elements that strike at first sight.

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A small jewel built in the first decade of the ‘900 by the architect Quadrio Pirani, father of several residential quarters of the time. Its charm has remained intact over the years: here you can escape for a moment, before returning to the the Eternal City.

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Via Bernardo Celentano- this is the name of this very special street- is one of those places of Rome that you must visit as soon as possible… always in respect of its residents.

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Ostia Antica, walking through history

Love at first sight. This is the most common feeling you can experience in the archeological area of Ostia Antica. A breathless walk through history, a stunning place full of well-preserved roman ruins. This was the location of the harbour city of Ancient Rome, close to the River Tiber and the sea.

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It’s a really interesting visit for the whole family: both children and adults can easily imagine how this fortified citadel, founded in the IVth century BC, used to be. 

There are five main parts you can still admire: the commercial street, with official buildings, methods and sites of production. The sacred buildings, of different religious communities. The city centre: the baths, the market and the forum, which was the political heart of Ostia. The river-port quarters, with its paintings and mosaics,  and the area of Ostia Antica’s “modern buildings“.

There is also a Museum which holds some of the finest city’s statuary.

ostia-antica-2About 34 hectares of beauty, the equivalent to two thirds of the city’s original extension. The theatre is so well preserved that nowadays it is used for theatrical performances. And it’s simply fabulous.

Let your imagination take you back 2,000 years!

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Words cannot explain the atmosphere you can breath around there. It’s a really nice surprise: it even seems to hear voices and see the ancient Romans busy with their daily activities. This site is worth seeing: it’s a small, intimate Rome, which keeps the same magnificence.