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FC: Memories From Rome

1: ROME | ITALY | ARRIVED 26 DEC 2009 | I danced as an All-American in the New Year's Day Parade with Universal Dance Association. I received this award during a summer dance camp.

2: I can't believe it!! I am finally going to a place I have dreamed about ever since I was a child...a place where gladiators used to fight, where Julius Caesar ruled, founded by Romulus who outsmarted his brother Remus and earned the rights to the City. Thus leading to where Rome got its name. Italy Here I Come!

4: officially the Italian Republic, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, and Slovenia. To the south it consists entirely of the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, Sardinia. Within Italy, two independent states, Vatican City and San Marino, are housed. Italy is the fifth most populous country in Europe. Modern Italy is a democratic republic, and it has been ranked as the 25th most-developed country. | ITALY

6: THE ROMAN COLESSEUM was originally called the Amphitheater Flavium which was the largest amphitheater in the world. It was started under the reign of Vespasian and completed under the reign of Titus. It was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles like mock sea battles, animal hunts, and executions.

9: Arch of Constantine | THE ARCH OF CONSTANTINE is a triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill. It was erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine I's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge on October 28, 312. Dedicated in 315, it is the latest of the existing triumphal arches in Rome. During the middle ages, the arch was incorporated into one of the family strongholds of Ancient Rome. The arch served as a finish line for the marathon athletic event during the 1960 summer Olympics.

10: PALATINE HILL is the center most of the seven hills of Rome and is one of the most ancient parts of the city. Rome has its origins on the Palatine, and people have lived there since approximately 1000 BC.

12: TREVI FOUNTAIN | is the fountain in the Trevi district of Rome. It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city, and one of the most famous fountains in the world. Pope Clement XII has a contest for the rights to design the fountain in 1730. Work was completed in 1762 when Oceanus, god of all water, was put into the center niche. A traditional legend holds that if a visitor throws a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. An estimated 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day.

14: THE VATICAN | Rome, Italy | 28 DEC 2009

15: VATICAN CITY is a landlocked sovereign city-state whose territory consists of a walled enclave inside the city of Rome. It is an area of approximately 110 acres with a population of 800. Vatican city was established as an independent state in 1929.

16: Basilica of Saint Peter | ROME

20: FRASCATI is a town in the providence of Rome that is located in the Lazio region of central Italy. It is located 12 miles south-east of Rome on the Alban Hills close to the ancient city of Tusculum. Frascati is renowned for its white wine, and is also the home to the Pope's summer home.

22: CATACOMBS OF ROME are ancient underground burial sites. There are at least forty catacombs under and near Rome, some have only been discovered in recent decades. Though most famous for Christian burials, some were a response to overcrowding and a shortage of land. Some of the first catacombs date back to the 2nd century.

24: Farewell Rome, Italy... until next time....

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