Rome “ca­put mundi”

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Fif­teen square kilo­me­ters and twenty-fivet­hou­sand at­trac­tions: Rome’s his­toric cen­tre has been a UNESCO world her­itage site since 1980. A sym­bol among sym­bols and the most widely pho­tographed mon­u­ment in the world, the Colos­seum is con­sid­ered one of the 7 won­ders of the mod­ern world. The mem­ory of its per­for­mances – glad­i­a­tors, wild an­i­mals and naval bat­tles re-en­acted in the arena – have al­ways fu­eled the fan­tasy of his­tory and film buffs. How­ever, un­known to most, its am­phithe­atre is also stud­ied by botanists, who have iso­lated 350 species, sev­eral of in­ex­pli­ca­ble ori­gin that grow spon­ta­neously among its ru­ins. Un­like that phe­nom­e­non, ev­ery­one is aware of what hap­pened to the 100,000 cu­bic me­tres of shin­ing white mar­ble that orig­i­nally cov­ered the Colos­seum. They were ‘re­cy­cled’ to build sev­eral his­toric Ro­man build­ings in­clud­ing the Basil­ica of St. Peter’s and Palazzo Bar­berini.

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