The Vatican City, a separate sovereign state, home to the Sistine Chapel; Ancient Rome, with the inspiring Colosseum, Trajan's Column, the Catacombs. Renaissance and Baroque Rome, with the monuments of Michelangelo and Bernini and the famous Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. The list of attractions is endless. Modern Rome also captures the imagination as it looks to update its cultural profile. Visit the Rome Auditorium, a complex of three concert halls designed by Renzo Piano and opened in 2002 and Zaha Hadid's Centre for Contemporary Art, a dynamic composition of glass and concrete.
It was the custom in Ancient Rome to build a fountain at the head of an aqueduct to celebrate the arrival of water into the city. This custom was revived during the Renaissance and even the current fountian - complete in 1762 by Guiseppe Pannini - depicts the legend of Trivia, the Roman virgin, who helped to source a supply of pure water for the city. If, like most people, you simply fall head over heels in love with Rome then tossing a coin into the Trevi fountain is said to ensure your return to the Eternal City.
The Auditorium Parco Della Musica to give it its full name, was designed by the aptly named Renzo Piano to provide Italian music lovers (are there any Italians that don?ït love music?) with the ultimate concert venue. Building for this stunning yet sympathetic building began in 1995, the focal points being the three ?îhamonic chambers?ï set at right angles to each other within beautiful parkland. So, when in Rome‚Ä¶why not take in a concert at this state-of-the-art venue?
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