I Iove Rome and constantly reflect on how, along the centuries the city has been modified by the the Emperors, the popes, the wealthy members of the aristocracy and of the church, and finally the Italian government.
I know when streets were opened and why, when squares were embellished, when church were built or remodelled.
Why and who decided and paid for all of this amazing urban ornament we can still enjoy now.
I love ancient maps and that’s why I share this one with you.
It depicts the city in the 1830... basically how Rome looked like before the Papal state was conquered by the Italians on September 20th, 1870.
Rome soon became the capital of the new Italian state and was radically transformed to accomplish this task.