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Situated in a pleasant location southeast of Rome, Palestrina was one of the favourite summer residences of the Roman emperors. From its rich past, it has retained ruins of a temple dedicated to the goddess Fortuna, as well as many artefacts discovered in the surrounding necropolises, which are now on display in the archaeological museum. In the 16C, Palestrina was the birthplace of the composer of sacred music who took his name from the town.

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  • Museo Archeologico Prenestino Interesting

    Piazza della Cortina I - 00036 Palestrina

    The Archaeological Museum in Palestrina (or Praeneste) presents pieces from several necropoli along with objects which were part of the collections of the Barberini. The impressive Nile mosaic depicting Egypt when the river flooded is its masterpiece..

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  • Temple of Fortune Interesting

    Piazza della Cortina I - 00036 Palestrina

    To give you an idea of the importance of the cult of the goddess Fortune, imagine that this grandiose 2C BC sanctuary occupied virtually the entire surface area of today's city! From the lower temple, on what used to be the forum, a basilical room st..

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