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Regia, Rome

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The Regia was a two-part structure in Ancient Rome lying along the Sacra Via at the edge of the Roman Forum that originally served as the residence or one of the main headquarters of kings of Rome and later as the office of the Pontifex Maximus, the high priest of Roman state religion. It occupied a triangular patch of terrain between the Temple of Vesta, the Temple of Divus Julius and Temple of Antoninus and Faustina. Only the foundations of Republican/Imperial Regia remain. Like the Curia it was destroyed and rebuilt several times, as far back as the Roman monarchy. Studies have found multiple layers of similar buildings with more regular features, prompting the theory that this "Republican Regia" was to have a different use.HistoryAccording to ancient tradition it was built by the second king of Rome, Numa Pompilius, as a royal palace. Indeed, the Latin term regia can be translated as royal residence. It is said that he also built the Temple of Vesta and the House of the Vestal Virgins as well as the Domus Publica. This created a central area for political and religious life in the city and Kingdom. When Caesar became Pontifex Maximus, he exercised his duties from the Regia.
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  • The Regia is located in the Roman Forum, at least the ruins of this once quite important building remain. The Regia is believed to have been the residence of early Roman Kings, beginning with Numa...  more »
  • Once a central location even before the empire began, little remains to tell the story. If you are in the Roman Forum (of course you will be...), take a quick look.  more »
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  • Horrible. Don’t do it. I know, it’s so cheap and right in the city. Please, don’t do it. 1. Absolutely filthy, mold and hair in the bathroom and dust and dirt everywhere. 2. Despite claiming housekeeping, there is none (and clearly has not been for some time). The room was not cleaned while we were there, I had to demand fresh towels from the man and it took him two days to provide them. He lied to me and stated he would clean the room and never did (I took him in to see the dirt and hair). 3. It is not a hotel, it is just 4 rooms that a sketchy man runs poorly. There is no common area or check in desk. 4. Toilet paper and soap are not provided - we had to run to the store to buy some when we checked in. 5. The location is not great at all, the neighborhood is sketchy and there was a fight outside our first night at 3 in the morning. Additionally, the neighborhood trash and recycling collection is right outside the window and the bars dump glass all night long as they close. We could not sleep. It is also at least a 20 min walk from most sites, there is better stuff closer. 6. Payment was demanded upfront, he knows he is about to scam you. Just don’t do it. I get it - you’re not going to be in the room at all, just for sleeping and showering. I though the same thing, it would have been cleaner to sleep in the street and shower in the fountains.u
  • Its not a hotel. Its doesnt have a reception. Located in living block and inside its just a corridor with rooms. Cleaning was just awful. Cleaning lady prepared my room before my arriving absolutely badly and cleaned its only once for all the 4 nights i stayed there. Another awful thing i didnt have a cold water in the tap. TV didnt work well at all. Basicly i had to ask my money back for such an awful service. Wouldnt stay ever again. Strictly dont reccomend this place to anyone. There are much more better option for this amount of money. The only thing i liked is a location. It is amazing. Termini is just 7-10 mins walking. Lots of landmarks around. U can even reach Spagna easily by walking.

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