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Once a large, multi-storied home to Rome's Vestal Virgins, who tended the fire in the nearby round temple of Vesta (of which several pillars and parts of a wall still stand). Statues of some of the Vestals decorate the courtyard, which has a small pool...More
Back in its day, it was a 3-story palace, consisting of 50 rooms, with (today) a rectangular-shaped garden; it is adjacent to their big, round temple.
In the end of the 4th century, Christianity was compulsory and the building was put to another use (Vestals...More
This is a palace where girls studied to become virgin vestals and then worked. Only its courtyard remains, with several statues of vestals... some with their name and some without, these did not follow the code of conduct apparently. The courtyard is lovely and a...More
To the south of Via Sacra, across from Tempio di Romolo (Temple of Romulus), is the House of the Vestal Virgins at the foot of Palatine Hill. The Vestal Virgins were priestesses who maintained the Sacred Fire of Vesta, the eternal flame of Rome (See...More
It was remarkable to see the House of the Vestals as I'd read about Vestals in histories and novels. Stories about the six young girls who were sent to be Vestals for at least 30 years seem mythical, but here's proof they were real women....More
Enough of the ruins of the House of the Vestal Virgins still stands so that you can see the size of the place. You will also see their gardens--known as the "Atrium" with a few of the statues still standing. The ruins of the Pontificus...More
The history of Rome covers over 2,000 years and back in the Republic (100BC) the Vestal Virgins were a symbol of Rome and it's Gods and beliefs. Part of what made Rome so great. The history of the place was awesome.
The Temple is a ruin, of course. Located in the Roman Forum, it's well worth seeking out & learning about the religious rite of the virgins. As with other buildings in the Forum, there's very little left to see so you'll have to use your...More
If all roads lead to Rome, then they all end here. Piazza Venezia and the Ancient City are the very epicenter of the Eternal City. Within a 360-degree turn, Roman history unrolls in front of you, from its ancient beginnings to its 21st century transformations. Whether it’s those historical playgrounds known as the Roman and Imperial Forums, or the side-street shops, trattorie, and churches, this
neighbourhood packs a cultural punch and then some. Screaming scooters, battling buses, crazy cars, and lots of foot traffic converge in the area all day long. By dusk, a different vibe emerges as the neighbourhood quiets down. Don't be surprised if you find yourself passing through the Piazza Venezia at least once a day, since it’s the most direct way to get from one side of town to another.