Ciao! This original design celebrates the beautiful city of Roma, Italy!
This pillow is entirely HAND embroidered on light tea-colored 100% organic cotton. Amazingly it can take up to one week to embroider one pillow! It is also unique in nature since each artisan incorporates a certain flair and signature to his/her work. Accented with black velvet piping.
*20" x 20"
*100% Organic cotton
*Poly form included
*Dry clean only
*Hand Embroidered and Made in India
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* Cappuccino (the coffee drink) is named after the Capuchin order of monks in Rome. The monks were known by their custom of wearing a hood or cappuccino with their habits.
* Rome was the most populous city in Europe until the 1800s when London's population exceeded that of Rome.
* Rome's "La Sapienza" is the largest university in Europe, it was established in A.D.1303.
* The Pantheon, the best preserved Ancient Roman monument, is thought to have been built by Agrippa in 27 BC. The exact age of the structure remains unknown. Vittorio Emanuele II and his successor Umberto I are both entombed in the Pantheon. The word "pantheon" means 'honor all Gods.' This impressive structure was originally a temple, transformed into a church in 609. The dome atop this structure was the largest in the world for over a thousand years. The diameter of the Pantheon's dome is 142 feet.
* The Coliseum, originally named the Flavian Amphitheater, was built as a gift to the Roman citizens from the Flavian Dynasty to support various entertainment events and to show the world the brilliance of Roman engineering. A massive statue of Nero was built just outside of the amphitheater. The huge statue, latin: Colossus, inspired the nickname Coliseum. The ancient Romans would occasionally flood the venue to stage miniature ship battles. This massive structure is the most famous tourist attraction in Rome.
* Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) is the largest and most famous Baroque fountain in Italy. It is situated at the ending destination point of the Aqua Virgo, a manmade channel built in 19 BC. The decorative design of the fountain is taken from Gian Lorenzo Bernini's sketches. Nearly 1 million Euros worth of coins are tossed into the Trevi Fountain annually. The proceeds are donated to charity. Legend states that tossing a coin into he fountain will guarantee a return trip to the city of Rome.
* According to legend, the founders of the city were Romulus and Remus (raised from infancy by a She-wolf living in a cave on Palatine Hill).
* Villa Borghese and the impressive gardens are a cultural treat. The Villa is a 17th century structure which sits upon 148 acres of manicured gardens. There are three major museums on the grounds: the Galleria, a museum within the Villa, features sculptural masterpieces by artists Canova and Bernini; the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna hosts a collected of 19th-20th c. paintings by Italian artists; Museo Nazionale Etrusco holds a collection of pre-Roman artifacts. The Museo Nazionale Etrusco is housed in the Villa Giulia, a 16th century residence of Pope Julius II. The park was the site of the 1911 World Exposition. The Villa Borghese grounds contain a man-made lake, an amphitheater, and a botanical garden. The gardens hold the original Triton statues from the Fontana del Moro in the Piazza Navona. The Piazza's fontana contains 19th century replicas.
* Sant'Eustachio il Caffe is the most famous coffeehouse in Rome. It was established in the 1930s and to this day the caffe roasts coffee in a wooden roaster dating back to 1948. The coffeehouse's symbol is a stag, similar to the one atop the Sant'Eustachio Basilica.
* St.Peter's Basilica is the world's largest Basilica of Christianity. The Basilica displays works by Italy's great artists Raphael, Michelangelo, and Maderno. This church was rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries after its thousand year old structure collapsed. The Basilica's dome was designed by Michelangelo and the square layout and much of the interior furnishing were designed by Bernini. The current basilica stands upon the spot where Saint Peter was martyred, at the heart of Vatican City (a completely independent state within Rome's city limits).
* Considered to be the most important writer of Roman Antiquity, Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro) of the Augustan period, wrote three major works: Eclogues Georgics and the Aeneid. Virgil's last piece, the incomplete Aeneid, was written in praise of Emperor Augustus' rule. Upon his deathbed Virgil is thought to have ordered the destruction of the incomplete "Aeneid" however on Augustus' orders it did receive publication. The Aeneid is thought of as the national epic of ancient Rome.
* The Arch of Constantine, one of the greatest attractions, was built in the 10th year of Emperor Flavius Constantine's reign. It stands over 60' high and is covered in reliefs, some of which are recycled from older Roman monuments. The arch was built 312-315AD to celebrate the Emperor's victory over his rival Maxentius at the battle of Milvian Bridge.
* The world's oldest national museums are the Capitoline Museums in Rome. They date back to 1471 and contain one of the finest collections of classical sculpture.
* The Tiber River is an ancient river, the second longest in Italy, which flows from the Appenines to the Tyrrhenian sea. The river was originally called Albula but was renamed Tiberis after Tiberinus the king of Alba Longa who drowned in it. The Tiber flows through the city of Rome between high stone embankments.
* Rome is home to the National Pasta Museum (Museo Nazionale delle Paste alimentari) which celebrates the production and evolution of Italian pasta. Did you know that Italians were the first to create a dried pasta that allowed pasta to be stored indefinitely and shipped worldwide.