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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

22/01/2019, 12:46

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #romeisus, #rome, #roma, #guidedtour, #tour, #archeologia, #pittura, #ipogeo



THE--UNDERGROUND-AREA-OF-"VIA-LIVENZA"


 The underground of Rome is full of surprises and mysteries, like that one known as "Ipogeo of Via Livenza". We don’t really know what was it, but looking at the frescos and other elements...



Not so far from the Aurelian Walls, underneath a private home, there is the so called "Ipogeo of Via Livenza". "Ipogeo" is an Italian word meaning for underground area, as in this case. It is able to impress scholars and ordinary touristis for its frescos, architectonical elements, symbolism and mysteries...yes, because still today we don’t really know what this "ipogeo" could be! According to some scholars maybe it was an underground temple used for strange and unknown rituals, for others it was simply a "ninfeo", a sort of place full of water used to rest bodies and minds. Other interpretations say that it was a sort of rich mausoleum, counting that it is located next to the ancient "Via Salaria", one of the main roads of the #Rome of the IV century AD, when this area was released. And flanking the main roads of Rome there were tombs and necropolis all over... Despite of the several interpretations, we can consider the "Ipogeo of Via Livenza" a great jewel! First of all try to see the wonderful frescos, from the IV century AD. We can see the Goddess #Diana hunting some deers, animals who are escaping from her. Moreover you can find a bucolic environment, looking at the trees, a nymph who is pampering a roe deer, or some small mosaics with marine scenes. Different things of course, but the main element is the painted niche that you can clearly see on the picture: it is frescoed with marble slabs framed by iron bars (keep in mind how each single detail is painted), and below it a deep bath. There also a hole, where there was a terraccotta pipe, probably where water came from. Again, we don’t really know what was it, but is clear the fascinating atmosphere that cold be breath here, still today and after 1600 of years... #romeisus #roma #archeology #atourguiderome


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