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Colonna di Marco Aurelio

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Address: Piazza Colonna | Colonna, Rome, Italy

Erected between 180 and 196, this marble monument celebrates the victories...

Erected between 180 and 196, this marble monument celebrates the victories of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, which is in the form of a spiral with 190 internal steps.

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Found this by accident while walking through the city. It is a short distance from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, so worth a look if you're in the area. It is a very impressive... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 March 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2015

Well worth a 30 second detour from walk way from the Trevi to the Pantheon. This impressive Column can be found on the Piazza Colonna on the Via Del Corso.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

Well worth looking out for it's friezes depicting the victories etc. of Marcus Aurelius. A guide book will explain them although as column is so large difficult to make out as they proceed upwards.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2015

Found this by accident while walking through the city. It is a short distance from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, so worth a look if you're in the area. It is a very impressive column, with history being told in carvings winding upwards around the column. You may get more out of it if you know the history or have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2015

Where else you can find such columns at public places! We found it just on a turn at Piazza. And than it just attracted us to stop by and visit it. Lesson: always carry a history book, when you are in Rome.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2015 via mobile

The column is large, and immediately captures the eye. However, if you don't know much about Marcus Aurelius or his victories, then you probably won't appreciate it much; as there are several large columns like this all over Rome. It's still worth a visit though.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2015

The Column of Marcus Aurelius is a tribute to a former emperor of Rome. He was often called the "philosopher on the throne" or the "philosopher-emperor", and arguably one of the greatest warriors of the Roman empire. It has also been suggested that he should have been called "a philosopher in arms" - with more justification than Alexander the Great,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2014

The column is easy accessible and is spectacular to see. The carvings are intricate and show battle scenes. You can get right up to the column - it blows my mind at the priceless treasures that you can find in Piazzas and Squares in Rome!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2014

This column is midway between the Trivi fountain and the Pantheon at Piazza Colonna. It is covered from the top to bottom with bas reliefs of roman battles and conquests. There is a statue of St Paul at the top. It is an impressive sight.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2014

We found this on our own, walking around Rome, there was no one in this piazza but the column is amazing to see with it's spiraling relief

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2014

Built for emperor Marcus Aurelius and modeled on Trajan's Column. Very similar to Trajan's column in size. You can get much closer to this column to appreciate the fantastic reliefs.

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Frantic fashionistas, pedicured politicos, goal-oriented tourists, and on-the-go locals cross paths every day in Colonna, a delightful chaos in the very centre of the city. Even though it has some of the city’s loveliest sites—a 2nd century column, Belle Epoque shopping centre, and a magnificent Baroque parliament building—Colonna is not just another pretty face, but the cosmopolitan eye of Rome’s cultural storm. Colonna can safely say it has the best of Rome: museums, boutiques, window displays, restaurants, cafes, and people watching.
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