A Roman Temple Under a Temple of High Technology

The Head of Mithras. Photo, mithraeum.eu

One of the most significant archaeological sites ever discovered in London is now open to the public beneath the stunning new European headquarters of media giant Bloomberg.  Constructed around 240 CE, the Roman Temple of Mithras was discovered in 1954, when in the last hours of excavations for a new office block on a WW2 bomb site, the stone head of a handsome young god wearing its distinctive Phrygian cap was unearthed.

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A NIGHT AT THE OPERA—AT THE ROMAN ARENA, VERONA

‘Aida’. Photo, Paris + Plus

This year was the 96th season of opera to be held in the spectacular Roman Arena at Verona.  A little older than Rome’s Coliseum, it was built around 30AD during the reign of the Emperor Caligula, and was said to be capable of holding more than 30,000 spectators.  Its outstanding acoustics has ensured its popularity for centuries, with the first operatic performances taking place in the 1850s. 

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SIRMIONE, LAKE GARDA—HOME TO A MOATED CASTLE AND AN ENORMOUS ROMAN VILLA

Scaglieri Castle, the entrance into Sirmione. Photo, Paris + Plus

‘The pearl of islands!’ wrote the Roman poet Catullus in the 1st century BCE, describing the town of Sirmione, on the southern shore of beautiful Lake Garda in northern Italy.  Less than 40 kms from Verona and 150 kms from Venice, Lake Garda is ideally placed to visit one of the loveliest parts of northern Italy.

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