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A (“new”) Emperor Nero’s house to be open to the public on the Palatine Hill

After Domus Aurea that has been opened to the visitors for a long time, another Emperor Nero’s palace, will be soon accessible to the public.

After almost 1950 years after his death, Nero still intrigues historians, archaeologists and, of course, visitors of Rome. This year, after 60 years, another of his palaces, precedent to the Domus Aurea, the Domus Transitoria, will be finally open and will give us another marvellous site to admire and to learn better about the curious and eccentric personality of Nero.

The mansion, decorated with frescoes and with marbles from all over the Roman Empire, has been used for parties and entertainment of the Emperor and his friends. It has been built as a party house; several fountains located inside the numerous marble columns were used to cool down the hot summer air and to create a spectacular water shows.

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Now the visitors will be able to enjoy a light show set up in order to recreate the fantastic waterfall show Nero used to have in his house.

The Nero’s Domus Transitoria is planned to be open to the public in April 2019. The access will be allowed with a new Roman Forum and Palatine Hill ticket that will give you the chance to visit some other sites, recently opened, inside the Roman Forum.

We from City Lights are known to organize small groups and this new opening will be included in our itinerary, as only small groups will be allowed.

If you would like to check our Domus Transitoria & Roman Forum Tour you can have a look here https://www.citylightstours.com/product/neros-domus-transitoria-roman-forum/

Bulgari to restore the archaelogical site of Largo Argentina

Rome will have a new archaeological site that will be soon open to all citizens and tourists. The new opening will give the chance to all the visitors to access one of the most important archaeological sites in Rome.

https://civitavecchia.portmobility.it/it/larea-sacra-di-largo-di-torre-argentina

In a couple of years the archaeological site of Largo Argentina (Largo di Torre Argentina) will be open to the public thanks to the donation of the fashion maison Bulgari who will donate 1 milion euro for the restoration. After financing the restoration of the Spanish Steps, Bulgari decided to give life to this archaeological site of great importance.

The area has been built in the 3rd century B.C and it’s well known as the place where Julius Caesar has been murdered on 15th March in 44 A.C, on the Ides of March according to the Roman calendar.

The “Sacred Area” of Largo Argentina has been discovered only in 1926 and there were found four temples built from the 4th to the 2nd century B.C. The temples are dedicated to the divinities or events of those times:

Temple of Juturna built after the Roman victory against the Carthaginians in 241 BC;

Temple Fortuna Huiusce Diei dedicated to the “Fortune of This Day”;

Temple of Feronia ancient Italic divinity of fertility;

Temple devoted to Lares Permarini (Lares who protect sailors).

The area will be accessible from the 2021 and there will be built platforms and boardwalks, which will allow visitors to walk over the archaeological site and get closer to the ruins of the Largo Argentina.

Largo Argentina is in the city centre of Rome, walking distance from Piazza Venezia, Pantheon and Campo de’ Fiori and it is very easily reachable with public transport as all the main buses have a stop in Largo Argentina. Don’t miss it even now, when the area can be admired from the walls of the archaological site.

The first European PGI chocolate might be Italian!!!

If you say Sicily you can think of beautiful island in Italy, surrounded by clear blue sea, fantastic beaches, great food. You will also remember huge archaeological sites, history and culture of this unique place. And don’t forget the Etna volcano, still active and smoking.

However, these things are not the only uniqueness of Sicily.

Modica Chocolate, produced in Sicily, has been included in the list of EU-certified products while awaiting final acknowledgement and, therefore, official protection. Actually, the PGI stands for Protected Geographical Indication and certifies the authenticity of unique products to a particular area.

This chocolate produced with old manner treatment, avoiding the industrial production is an added value to this unique product. The technique was acquired by Spaniards (who lived in the area centuries ago) and the result is an inimitable granular consistency of the Modica chocolate. The making process consists in low heat (35°-40°) elaboration of the cocoa paste.

This “old school” production procedure maintains the sugar crystals that never melt. The result is a nubby, crunchy, uneven brown colour chocolate blocks. The uniqueness of these chocolate is not only the production process or the shape. The first impression is the taste of roasted cocoa beans that can be also flavoured by nuances of cinnamon, vanilla, red chilli, coffee, Sicilian citrus flavours, pistachio, etc…

What are you waiting for… come to Italy and ask for cioccolato di Modica!!!

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