ITALY: VISITING ROME

Rome, the Eternal City, was the center of the Holy Roman Empire.  There are so many wonderful things to see in Rome!

The Roman Coliseum is the prototype for our sports stadiums and arenas. It has survived thousands of years, but is only a shell of what it was.  At its peak it could seat 50,000 people.

The Pantheon was built in 27 B.C. and rebuilt in 125 A.D.  It is the most complete structure left from ancient Rome.  The diameter of the dome is equal to the height of the building—43 meters with a 9 meter "hole" in the top of the dome.

The center of the Catholic Church is the Vatican.  The Sistine chapel and St. Peter's Square are only two of the magnificent sights there.

There is so much to see that we cannot touch on everything.  You will have to go yourself!

1. Leading from Rome is the Appian Way (a road).  It was built in 312 B.C. How many years ago is that?

2. We are visiting the Sistine Chapel for 15,000 lira and the Coliseum for 20,000 lira.  If \$1 = 2270 lira, how much will that be in US dollars?

3. If the diameter of the Pantheon is 43 m, what is the radius?  the circumference?

4. The Trevi Fountain is one of the most famous "wishing wells" in the world.  People from all over come to throw a coin and make a wish.  Suppose 100 people per hour throw a penny into the fountain.  How many dollars is that a day?  a week?  a year?  Write this in scientific notation.

5. Michaelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  He was one of the most important artists of the Renaissance era.  See who lived the longest of these famous artists.

 Leonardo de Vinci 1452 - 1519 Michaelangelo 1475 - 1564 Raphael 1483 - 1520 Botticelli 1445 - 1510 Titian 1490 - 1576

6. There were 4 events a week at the Coliseum.  They always had a full house (refer to top).  How many people a year saw events there?

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