Porta Maggiore to the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele Market and beyond.
This new tour itinerary makes an early morning start at Porta Maggiore, the Ancient Roman gateway on the eastern side of the city built into the 3rd century Aurelian walls and the confluence of three aqueducts. Early morning light spills through the arches of the gate creating a beautiful chiaroscuro effect. Just a metre or so from the gate, there stands the impressive tomb of a Roman baker, Marco Virgilio Eurysace, and his wife. Probably of Greek origine his bakery business obviously made him a rich man, as the location of his tomb, so close to the gate, and its size, would suggest.
The area is a bit of a hub for trams entering the city centre, and so there is also a lively mix of people and transport juxtaposing with the Ancient Roman Architecture, making for some good street photography opportunities.
On the way to our next stop, the market just off Piazza Vittorio Emanuele, we pass a mix of architectural styles from Roman ruins, thirties official buildings and residential terraced housing.
We finally arrive at the market which is just of Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. Definitely Rome's most cosmopolitan and ethnically mixed market, you can find foodstuffs from all over the world. There are stalls selling fish, meat, fruit and veg, and general groceries run by stall holders from all corners of the globe, alongside of course the friendly and sharp witted native Romans whose grandfathers most probably worked where they are now.
We will also take in the actual Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. The Piazza is built in the Piedmont Turin style, with porticoed late nineteenth century buildings on three sides surrounding a central park which hosts the ruins of a 17th century villa and the so-called Magic Door, or "Porta Alcimica" built by the eccentric Marquis of Pietraforte,
Duration 3 hours 30 mins. Approximate walking distance 4 Kms.
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