Monday, June 16, 2008

An elevator above the ruins

Eldina didn't want to try the newest tourist attraction in Rome -- a glass elevator that takes you to the top of the Victor Emmanuel Monument for a spectacular view of the city in all directions. It costs 7 euros for this privilege, but Eldina doesn't like heights. We forced her, and in the end she liked it too. You are not exactly teetering on the edge of the structure. There are glass barriers at the edge and wide walkways and signs.

But the view is worth the Euros. Fabio pointed out that the location atop one of Rome's fabled seven hills in the middle of the city afforded a light of sight out toward each of the other hills. What are the seven hills? we stumped Fabio. Kids have to learn them in school but his memory failed at five.

We looked them up on the internet later:

Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal, amd Viminal

Wikipedia offers a handy mnemonic to remember them in clockwise order starting with Quirinal: Queen Victoria Eyes Caesar's Awfully Painful Corns.

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