"Lamposts and Manhole Covers" Rome Off The Beaten Path Tip by WulfstanTraveller
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Although not really off the beaten path, because they are all over the place and one can find them near any major sites, these are not "must see" activities. They can be of interest, though, because many date from Mussolini's regime and reveal his attempt to revive the Roman Empire. The lamposts are fairly lavishly decorated in an Art-Deco style and all of these have Roman symbols, such as eagles or "SPQR." They are interesting for this historical significance. A direct tie to ancient Rome is that the Romans tended to put SPQR on many thiongs that belonged to the state, including manhole covers for their highly developed sewer system.
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