The Torre delle Milizie is one of the oldest and strongest family towers in Italy and the largest in Rome. According to popular belief, Emperor Augustus is buried under the Torre delle Milizie, and Nero serenaded the fire of Rome from the top.
Erected as a guard tower by Pope Gregory IX in the 13th century and probably named after a nearby barracks of the Byzantine militia, it belonged to a succession of different noble families. Against the opposition of the Roman city nobles, the German King Henry VII won the right to be crowned emperor from here in 1312. The structure tilted very early on, so that Rome also has a »leaning tower«.
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