Mausoleo di Elena, Rome, Italy

The Mausoleum of Elena is a monument of Roman times, which is along the Via Casilina in Rome and is the third mile of the ancient Via Labicana; part of a complex of historic buildings from the late imperial times. Built between 326 and 330 in the time of Emperor Constantine I, it was supposed to be his own tomb, but it was eventually used for his mother Elena, who died in 328. This area was a cemetery of the Singulares Equites (cavalry corps of the Roman army). The monument has kept the grave of Elena until the eleventh century, when the coffin was carried into the church of the Lateran (now preserved in the Vatican Museums). The original height of the monument was 25 meters, but today it is only 18 meters; it is a building with a circular plan. There is a lower cylinder of octagonal shape with recesses; one of which was the entrance, and an upper cylinder, smaller, with eight arched windows and a dome that to lighten its weight, empty amphoraes were included in the construction(in Italian ‘Pignatte’) now visible due to the collapse of time and this is why it is called Tor Pignattara (meaning Tower of amphoraes) and the surrounding area is also known under this name.

Tips

You can get to the mausoleum by the street of San Marcellino (adjacent to the church of Saints Peter and Marcellinus in Duas Lauros).

Neuschwanstein Castle, Allgäu, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is located on a high rocky outcrop 200 meters near Füssen, in the Allgäu, Germany. Louis II of Bavaria order to build it in the 19th century, at the site of two ancient castles. He asked Richard Wagner, his friend, to come to live with him. In 1884, Louis II stablished in the Palace but died two years later. After his mysterious death, the castle was opened to the public, although it was not yet finished. The initial project was more ambitious, but the Bavarian State decided not to pursue the work after the death of the King. It was built largely in the late Romanesque style from the beginning of the 13th century. Noted in the construction of the building as well as in its ornamentation: portals arches, arcades of windows and towers, the position of columns and pinnacles. The housing of the king rooms and rooms of pageantry of the third and fourth floors were more or less completed at his death. The rooms on the second floor are always bare brick and are not visited. The castle is an example of eclectic architecture of the romantic era. Walt Disney is inspired by this castle to create the castle at the first Disneyland opened in California in 1955, becoming also the logo of Walt Disney Studios and its subsidiaries. It receives over one million three hundred thousand visitors per year.

Tips

Before going to the Castle, you will need to get the tickets in Hohenschwangau castle below. The ticket you will make a guided tour (only way to be able to visit it) has the right time you must respect, in case of delay, you may not participate.

If you like taking pictures, you can just do it outside the Castle, even for video-films.

Big bags, luggage, strollers-children, are not allowed in the Castle.You should leave your belongings in a small space but nobody assumes responsibility for these objects.

Children and young people under the age of 18, do not pay.

If you like castles, there are annual or multi-year tickets that will allow you to visit more than 40 places of Bavaria.

If you wish, you can see a film about the life of the King at the end of your visit.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology or MIT is a research institute and a university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, near Boston; specializing in the fields of science and technology, regarded as one of world’s best universities in science and technology. It is also known in other fields such as economics, political science, linguistics, philosophy and management; the most important is engineering with 2,000 students; with all its online courses on the Internet since 2002. It is interesting that students participate in scientific and technological research in their first year of study. 78 Nobel Prize winners have emerged from its ranks. Besides its faculties, there are the Lincoln Laboratory, the laboratory of artificial intelligence and computer science, the Nuclear lab, the media lab, being the most important among others.

Tips

The campus is open for visits by the general public from Monday to Friday, there are guided tours at 11:00 and 15:00. You can also visit guiding you with a map that you can find in the lobby.
You can attend various events that the Institute organizes, to know more, you have to go to their website and you will find all the information with the ticket prices. There are also several ones that are free.