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Casa delle Vestali

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Piazza Venezia / Ancient City
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The house of the Vestals is located adjacent to the Temple of Vesta and together they formed a single complex. It was a brick faced concrete building completed in 64 AD. It was... read more

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The house of the Vestals is located adjacent to the Temple of Vesta and together they formed a single complex. It was a brick faced concrete building completed in 64 AD. It was reconstructed by Trajan and restored by Septimus Severus. In 394 AD, it was ordered abandoned by a Christian emperor, Theodosius I. In this 50-room house were kitchens,... More 

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Reviewed 4 October 2016

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 and is planted with roses (which were still blooming in early October).

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Reviewed 19 September 2016

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 being a thing of the past, at this point). It housed officials. The remains today... More 

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Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Incredible beauty of the roman ruins, when you walk around this place you feel the power of the roman empire, strongly recommended during the spring, can be very hot during summer

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Reviewed 5 June 2016

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 great place to take pictures.

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Reviewed 6 April 2016

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 also the Temple of Vesta where the eternal flame burned at the hearth). The area... More 

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Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

Do not miss this! We enjoyed this amazing site for several hours looking at fantastic structures, and getting an unique look into the history of Rome. A must see

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Reviewed 15 December 2015

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. The house was huge, three stories high and over 50 rooms, which I didn't expect.... More 

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Reviewed 25 October 2015

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 Maximus' residence is at the end of the gardens. Vestals who permitted the sacred fire... More 

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Reviewed 10 October 2015

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.

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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.
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