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WALKS IN ROME IN THE PLACES OF LOVE
We propose five routes that cover some places considered, according to Roman tradition, the places of Love. It's a way to discover the city in a different light, visiting the most famous places in an atmosphere of the great emotions. A romantic tour that can be developped around the city center or outside the center reaching some places really unusual. Perfect not only for the celebration of St Valentine's Day, but also for more personal occasion or event. On request and with an additional cost, it's possible do the tour on the "botticella", the historic roman carriage.

Itinerary n. 1
THE MILVIAN BRIDGE OR THE BRIDGE OF PADLOCKS (FLAMINIO DISTRICT)
PIAZZA DEL POPOLO: SAINT VALENTINE'S GATE
PINCIO GARDEN: THE OBELISK OF ANTINOUS
TREVI FOUNTAIN: THE FONTANINA OF THE LOVERS

Itinerary n. 2
THE AVENTINO: THE ORANGE GARDEN

Itinerary n. 3
VILLA FARNESINA AND THE LOGGIA OF CUPID AND PSYCHE
RAPHAEL AND THE FORNARINA (TRASTEVERE DISTRICT)

Itinerary n. 4
THE GARBATELLA: THE CARLOTTA'S FOUNTAIN

Itinerary n. 5
THE GIANICOLO: ANITA AND GARIBALDI

THE MILVIAN BRIDGE OR THE BRIDGE OF PADLOCKS (FLAMINIO DISTRICT): One of the more ancient bridges in Rome, it was rebuilt by Pope Pius IX in 1850. Today it's custom for young people in love to attach a lock on the lamposts of the bridge and then throw the keys into the Tiber river imitating what the protagonists of the Italian movie " Ho voglia di te" did. Removed from the bridge in September 2012, all the padlocks follow to be placed near the bridge.

PIAZZA DEL POPOLO: SAINT VALENTINE'S GATE: the gate, located at the entrance of Piazza del Popolo, better known as Porta Flaminia or Porta del Popolo, was the north entrance to Rome. During the tenth century, the doorway acquired the name of Valentine from the catacomb located along the Via Flaminia and where, Valentine, the saint of lovers was buried, after being martyred in Rome.

OBELISK of Antinous (PINCIO GARDEN): symbol of the eternal love between the emperor Hadrian and his lover Antinous, a young man from the ancient region of Bitinia, drowned in the water of the Nile. The obelisk was erected by the emperor in the sanctuary-mausoleum built inside Villa Adriana in Tivoli. Symbol of the sun, in 1822 the obelisk found his last accommodation in the garden of the Pincio, respecting the behest of Pope Pius VII. The inscription on the obelisk says: "The God who is here (Antinous) rests in this place that is hidden in the properties of the" Lord of Prosperity "of Rome (Hadrian)."

THE FONTANINA OF LOVERS OR OF THE ENGAGED COUPLES (TREVI FOUNTAIN): right side of the Trevi fountain, there is a small fountain consisting of a rectangular basin in which two jets of water gush. According to the local tradition, the couples who drink at the fountain receive the privilege of staying together forever. In the past, the night before the departure of the fiance, especially when the distance was prolonged for a long time, it was important to follow a special practice: the girl had to fill a glass of water never used before, offer it to the young man and then break the glass. In doing so, the girl had no fear of losing the boy. This custom was linked to the fact that those who drank the water from Trevi, unable to forget Rome, would continue to remember the loved one remained in town.

THE AVENTINO: THE ORANGE GARDEN Park Savelli, better known as the Orange Garden is a small terrace on the Aventino hill overlooking the Tiber. It was accomplished in 1932 by Raffaele de Vico, and it is one of the most romantic places in Rome, with a sublime view, perfect to get lost, embracing the person you love. This corner of Rome is really loved and frequented in the city. The park covers the area of an ancient fortress built by the Savelli family between 1285 and 1287 at the church of Santa Sabina. The orange trees that arise and that give name to the garden were planted in honor of St. Dominic, who settled his convent in this place.

VILLA FARNESINA AND THE LOGGIA OF CUPID AND PSYCHE: built between 1505-1518 in the heart of Trastevere thanks to the will of the famous banker Agostino Chigi, it is one of the most harmonious achievements of the Italian Renaissance. Nest of love between Agostino Chigi and Francesca Ordeaschi before his mistress and then legitimate wife, the villa is known for the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche, painted by Raphael and his pupils; here in a fake bower are inserted the stories told by Apuleius, famous writer at roman time. But the theme of love is also in other rooms of the villa, such as in the representation of Polyphemus and Galatea in the loggia dedicated to the nymph and the wedding of Alexander the Great and Roxana in the bedroom.

RAPHAEL AND THE FORNARINA (TRASTEVERE): Trastevere was the set for the love between Raphael and Margherita Luti, the daughter of a baker and for that known as the Fornarina. Probably they met in Via Santa Dorotea near the Villa that Raphael was painting; the artist felt in love with the girl to the point of representing her in a painting now preserved at the Gallery of Ancient Art in Palazzo Barberini. It is said that after Raphael's death, Margherita entered a monastery until the rest of her life. During the walk, we'll walk throughout alleys and streets of the most romantic of Rome.

THE GARBATELLA AND THE CARLOTTA'S FOUNTAIN: built in the '30s in Piazza Ricoldo da Montecroce during the construction of the Garbatella district, the fountain, symbol of the neighborhood, became the meeting point of the lovers. It consists of a large vase grit cement, similar to clay, where a woman's face, framed by long hair, throws a jet of water into the basin below. Carlotta is the symbol of a woman, fair and independent, it became part of the popular imagination, perhaps the famous commoner, the "gracious hostess" who gave her name to the district. The fountain is adjacent to a staircase that recalls that of the Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps)

THE GIANICOLO: ANITA AND GARIBALDI: it's the most panoramic place of the city, a large terrace opened over the breathtaking beauty of Rome. Ideal setting to share with your partner, it is also the place that houses the two honorary monuments dedicated to Garibaldi and Anita. When Anita died, Garibaldi was crying clutching in his hands the wrist of her and he didn't want to abandon it. With difficulty he was persuaded to resume the run and get to safety before the police and the soldiers arrived. "General, you must do so. For your children, for Italy ... Furthermore the hill is famous because every day, since 1904, a cannon fires blanks at midday to indicate the time of day to the Romans.

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