Places not on Google Maps – Rome – Part 3

  The Quarantine Hill The so-called “Ninth Hill of Rome” is outside the city walls and was where soldiers, returning from campaigns overseas with unidentifiable diseases, were sent for a period of 40 days before they were allowed back into the city of Rome. All wild animals brought back from other countries were brought hereContinue reading “Places not on Google Maps – Rome – Part 3”

Places not on Google Maps – Rome – Part 2

  The French Steps These steps climb a steep slope between the Piazza di Francia at the base and the Quirinal Palace. This stairway of 136 steps was built with Napoleon Bonaparte’s bequeathed funds of 30,000 scudi, in 1797. Napoleon was embarrassed that the Spanish Steps had been built with French money and was determinedContinue reading “Places not on Google Maps – Rome – Part 2”

Places not on Google Maps – Rome – Part 1

Circus Minimus The Circus Minimus was where chariot racing for children took place in Ancient Rome behind the Palatine Hill. Racers had to be under the age of 16 and had to bring their own greyhounds or whippets, depending on which part of the Roman Empire their centurion fathers had recently returned from. The siteContinue reading “Places not on Google Maps – Rome – Part 1”

Pont du Gard

This famous aqueduct and bridge, visible from airplanes heading to Marseilles-Provence Airport, is between Remoulins and Vers-Pont du Gardon, 13 miles from Avignon. The Pont-du-Gard was built in just five years using 51,000 tons of stone. No mortar was used. The structure is on three levels – the first two are the arches of theContinue reading “Pont du Gard”