Chronicles of Old Rome: Exploring Italy's Eternal City

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Discover la dolce vita on this grand tour of Italy’s historic capital told through 30 dramatic true stories spanning nearly 3,000 years, plus detailed walking tours complete with easy-to-read maps. From the Curia Pompei, site of Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC, to the Borgia Apartments in the Vatican, see the real-life places where history happened in this richly illustrated guide. Along with infamous power games between heroes and villains, you will find Rome’s smart and powerful women, such as Agrippina,...

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Overview

Discover la dolce vita on this grand tour of Italy’s historic capital told through 30 dramatic true stories spanning nearly 3,000 years, plus detailed walking tours complete with easy-to-read maps. From the Curia Pompei, site of Julius Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC, to the Borgia Apartments in the Vatican, see the real-life places where history happened in this richly illustrated guide. Along with infamous power games between heroes and villains, you will find Rome’s smart and powerful women, such as Agrippina, St. Agnes, Margherita, Artemisia, and more. Then relax like Goethe and Keats at the Café Greco, Rome’s chicest coffee bar since 1760, or visit the Palazzo Colonna, the site of Audrey Hepburn’s Roman Holiday.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984633449
  • Publisher: Museyon Guides
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Chronicle Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,436,652
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 5.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamara Thiessen is an Australian author, photographer, and travel writer whose work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Conde Nast Traveller, DK Eyewitness Guide to Italy, the Globe and Mail, National Geographic Traveller, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

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  • Posted November 17, 2013

    Chronicles of Old Rome is perfect for the traveler who wants to

    Chronicles of Old Rome is perfect for the traveler who wants to take a deeper historical and cultural look into city they will be visiting. Learn about the Vatican, Keats, Michelangelo, Mussolini, Cicero and Caesar. The second part of the book offers several “walking tours” including full color maps and pictures guiding one to and through the Colosseum, Pantheon, and Vatican City, among other popular tourist destinations. The Colosseum walking tour alone offers 18 different points of interest, focusing on the historical significance of the city, rather on where to get a coffee (though there is that, too). Pick up this book whether you are interested in visiting or simply getting a glimpse of the dramatic history of Rome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    As long as I've been planning my first trip to Italy, I've been

    As long as I've been planning my first trip to Italy, I've been looking for a good guide to Rome that could help me better understand the city's unique history and appreciate its flavor while exploring it. Luckily, I came across this book which, in my opinion, is a rare gem. Not only does it have all the Roman stories that I read randomly about or saw in Hollywood movies, but it actually explains the historical contexts of those stories, interspersing it with references to ancient and modern writers and poets (like Ovid, or Goethe, or Keats). Rome's historical background provided in the book is detailed and comprehensive. Basically, it covers more than 2,500 hundred years in the form of the short human stories featuring the greatest men of their time who in a way shaped not just the city's history, but also the course of the development of the Western civilization.  

    I really liked the six tours part of the book and was really looking forward to give them a test-drive, or a test-walk, so to say. And they all are great! For example, there is one to explore the Colosseum and Capitoline Hill. The book tells you where to start (the Colosseum) and where to end the tour (Piazza Venezia), it gives an approximate time for your walking exercise (in this case, it's 4 hours), and lists chapters of the book in which you can read more on the sites you are about to see. It''s abundant in details and tips and keeps you busy and entertained at the same time.

    If learning more about Roman history, this is the guide for you. Or if you've already been to Rome, it gives you a perfect opportunity to revive your memories once again.

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