Oct
12
2012
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Our Lady Of The Snows

smm‘Virgin Mary’ – as the legend goes – indicated a rich couple to build a temple for her memory by covering an acre of land with snow in the middle of summer. The area indicated by the alleged miracle is on the Esquillian Hill. But the alleged miracle is only reported 1000 years late. The fall of snow is celebrated by throwing white petals atop of the church on August 5.

Led by Pope Liberius (350’s), the couple agreed to finance a temple in Mary’s honour. The couple then dedicated all their fortune to ‘Our Lady of the Snows’ – aka Santa Maria Maggiore/Santa Maria Liberiana or Liberian Basilica (after Pope Liberius).

In 431 the Council of Ephesus proclaimed Mary ‘Mother of God’ and Pope Sixtus III commissioned to make church on the site where ‘Our Lady of the Snows’ had already ordered a temple in her glory.

Since its first start by Liberius in 350’s, Santa Maria Maggiore went through various remodeling works. The apse was restored in 1200. The bell tower was built in the 1300’s. The back was replaced in 1600 and the facade in 1700.

There are many Santa Maria temples in Rome but the largest and important of all is Santa Maria Maggiore . This is one of the four Roman basilicas (St Paul outside the wall, St Peter’s and St John Laterine).



Adu K

Sep
29
2012
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Trevi Fountain

imagesThe 26 meters high and 20 meters wide fountain is one of the most admired fountains in the world. Numerous attempts have been made to make the present fountain as magnificent as it is today.

All started in 19 B.C. when Marqus Agrippa built an aqueduct -Acqua Vergine- that provides pure drinking-water to the city of Rome. The Acqua Vergine acqueduct comes from Alban Hill, 13 km to the east of Rome, ending in the Quirinal Hill.

In 1453, Leon Battista Alberti financed by Pope Nicholas V, made a basin at the end of the Acqua Vergine (now called Trevi Fountain).

In 1629 Pope Clement XII appointed Gian Lorenzo Bernini to make necessary improvements to the works started by Leon Battista, unfortunately the works came to an end after the pope died.

Hundred years after the second attempt, Alessandro Galilei won a bid to make a better fountain but his opponent -Nicola Salvi- was awarded the mission because Romans murmured against Galilei (Florentine) who won away-commission.

Salvi died in 1751, leaving the work unfinished. The fountain was finished in 1762 by Guiseppe Pannini when Oceanus (god of all water) was fitted in place.



Adu K

Sep
13
2012
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St Peter’s Church

st peterSt Peter’s Basilica is the most renowned renaissance architecture. Main architects of this religious-complex were Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Bernini. It took 120 years to complete the structure, works began on 18 April 1506 and completed on 18 November 1626.
 
St Peter’s Basilica has out-gone its religious purpose and been able to attract millions of people for entertainment, art, history, architecture and power (religious, political & economical).

St Peter’s Basilica can host over 80,000 people at a time. This is one of largest temples in the world. Contrary to what people perceive this Basilica is not the seat of a bishop, the seat to the bishop of Rome is located in St John Lateran.

Roman Catholics believe the site where St Peter Basilica stands is the burial place of Apostle Peter and his tomb is right below the altar. Not only, they also believe Peter to be number one in the papal line and infallible, since he was given the post by Lord and King Jesus Christ during his ministry on earth. Mathew 16:18

And many others find this papal line nothing but a means to power under religious cover and insult to the Living God of Israel, because Jesus neither appointed someone to be His substitute on earth nor named anyone infallible.

Anyway, no criticism has stopped St Peter Church from gaining popularity either as a tourist attraction or becoming a world powerhouse, thus this place is worth visiting.


Adu K

Sep
07
2012
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PANTHEON ROME

pantheonThe word Pantheon is a Greek word and means ‘of all gods’. Since its edification in 27 before Christ, Pantheon has been a wander for every generation that comes to pass. It is believed to have been built for the seven Roman pagan gods and on the site where the body of Romolo, founder of Rome,  flew by eagle to heaven.

The structure was first built by Agrippa the son-in-law of the Roman Emperor Augustus in 27 B.C. And left his mark right on top of the entrance. The headline reads: M. AGRIPPA L. F. COS. TERTIUM FECIT translated, Marcus Agrippa, son of Lucius, in his third consulate, made it.

In the following century, fire damaged parts of the lower porch section and foundation. Later, Emperor Hadrian rebuilt the Pantheon from 118 to 128 A.D. without changes to the original pagan temple.

In 609 after Christ Roman Catholic intervened, brought in martyred Christians’ bones into the temple and changed the pagan temple to Church of Santa Maria and Martyres.

Every part of the structure is astonishing. That is the bronze doors (7 meters high), the interior, the oculus (opening of the dome), the decor and the diameter (43 m) of the dome equalling the height of the building bottom to top. What a story to unravel?

Michelangelo, one of the greatest artists of all time, has called Pantheon ‘Angelic and not human design.’ The artist seems to exaggerate in admiring the architects, even if he himself can’t tell what an ‘Angelic design’ is.



Adu K

Aug
10
2012
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Rome: Rugby Appointment

Rome 17 November: Italy versus New Zealand rugby Test Match. The visitors are favorite but Italy is not an easy team too.

New Zealand all blacks are famous for Haka (traditional New Zealand dance) show, which over the years has become identity of the national team.

In the RBS Six Nations games, Italy is scheduled to play France on February 3rd, Wales (last year’s winners) on February 23rd and Ireland on March 16.

Rugby is believed to has been first created in 1823 football game when a pupil -William Webb Ellis- picked up the ball and started running. Unfortunately there is no evidence to back this incident.

In a rugby game there are 15 players per team and play for 80 minutes. Amazingly the shape of the ball is oval but not for technical reasons rather for the fact that the first ball made by a coddler was from a pig’s bladder and when inflated became oval.



Adu K

Jul
27
2012
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Vatican by Night

VA3Temprature in Rome during summer is too hot due to congested buildings, large number of people, climate change and more. Waiting outside the Vatican Museum under certain circumstances is boring.  Visitors run short of time before fully enjoying the museums, due to a large number of crowd waiting to enter the museum.

The new schedule gives visitors more romantic time and plenty of time to enjoy art with calm in a lovely cool night weather.

Since Vatican Museum started opening at night to the public three years back, the number of visitors has edged as much as thirty thousand visitors in last year alone.

The following museums are open by night: Pio Clementino, Egyptian, GallerieSuperiori (Candelabri, Arazzi e Carte Geografiche), Stanze Raffaello, Appartamento Borgia, Modern Religion Art Collection and Sistine Chapel. The schedule runs May 4th through July 13th but August is closed. And again restarting from September 7 to October 26.

The night visit is from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday. The last admission into the museum is 9.30 p.m.

Price vary from € 15 to  €22.

To book visit:

http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Home.html


Adu K


Jun
19
2012
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Ten reasons why visit Rome

Even if there are a lot of other reasons as to why visit Rome, I will mention just the major ones.

1 Artmichelangelo pieta

Masterpieces, architecture, sculpture or paintings of famous artists like Michelangelo, Bernini, Nicola Salvi, Bramante, Sangallo, Maderno are present in Rome. Rome has good museums like Villa Borghese Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art (MACRO), Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, National Roman Museum, Capitoline Museums and Maxxi National Museum are some of the famous ones.

trevifountain2 Architecture

Of all the 45 UNESCO heritage sites in Italy, Rome houses 12.  Pantheon, Coloseum, St Peter’s Square, Navona Square, Spanish Steps etcetera are some.

 3 Shopping

 Shopping in Rome depends where you do it. Garments in Via del Corso cost more than those in malls or stalls. As for stalls don’t hesitate buying a jeans for 10 euro or less it is a good buy.

4 Winevino

Worldwide wine sellers are present in this city. But to enjoy the true Roman wines go to Enoteca (wine shops) and sip wine with porchetta (roasted pig).

5 History

Monuments, squares, roads, museums, Roman Catholic Basilicas, catacombs, Synagogue and more contain interesting history and architecture.

carbonara6 Food

Every region in Italy has its own traditional food. It is always better to try the local food. In Rome you can try some like baccalà (dried salt-cured cod), carciofi ( artichoke), spaghetti alla carbonara (pasta with a dressing made of eggs, small pieces of bacon and Pecorino cheese), bucatini all’amatriciana (tube-shaped pasta with tomatoes, diced salt pork, onions, red chilli pepper and white wine).

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7 Culture

People come to this city for tourism, politics, business, religion, work, emigration etc. Spending a day in different parts of  Rome is nice. For example, the lovely Jewish Ghetto located near the Capitol Hill, Pigneto and Vittoria Emmanuele quarters inhabited by many migrants or Trastevere still dominated by Romans.

maserati8 Automotion

Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini are best Made in Italy brands. Of course Rome is not home to any car company but showrooms to many more cars are available.

9 Budget Accommodation

Hotels or hostels are all year round available in Rome but it is advisable to book months before one gets here, the longer the booking date the lesser cost.

10 Religionreligion

Vatican City -the political and religious center of the Roman Catholic- is believed to be situated on Apostle Peter’s burial place. The Vatican City is one of the most interesting places to visit.


 


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Adu K


May
10
2012
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Catacombs in Rome

Inside A Catacomb

Catacombs are believed to have been used as burial chambers, worship area and refuge by persecuted Christians/Jews starting from the second century A.D. Jewish catacombs, discovered in 1918, make part of the belowground graves enriched by frescoes.

The Catacombs in Rome cover many kilometers and some are four storeys below ground zero. They contain slots carved into walls, carvings, passageways, worship halls and/or frescoes. Paintings found in this below ground complex narrate biblical stories of both old and new testaments or simply religious symbols.

Catacombs of Domitilla, for example, spread over 15 kilometers of underground caves and are Rome’s oldest underground burial complex still containing bones.

Some of the catacombs in Rome are: Marcellinus and Peter, Commodilla, Generosa, Praetextatus, Priscilla, San Callisto, San Lorenzo, San Pancrazio, San Sebastiano, San Valentino, Sant’Agnese, Jewish and so on.

To visit the San Callisto, the most famous of all catacombs, take bus 218 from San Giovanni Metro A.

For the Jewish Catacomb, get off at Metro B Policlinico and walk to Villa Torlonia.

For more detailed info about catacombs or elsewhere in Rome please stay in Hotel Des Artistes and you will enjoy complete instructions at reception.


Adu K

Mar
31
2012
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Eco Move Rent: Rome on the go for those who want more

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There are vacations and then you have experiences. A vacaction is a little time off where you get to relax and maybe see some new places. Doesn’t sound bad, but for some is not enough: some people want to really experience the places they visit and live their time there as an exciting opportunity to see life with different eyes and to live things the way other people do.

An excellent option for those who want to live Rome to its fullest is to rent a scooter and explore the city in the legendary “Roman Holidays” fashion: you go where you want to go, when you want to, and you get a unique view of all the breath-taking marvels you can find in the Eternal City.
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Near the Termini Station and just a couple of blocks away from Hotel Des Artistes you can find the guys of Eco Move Rent. When it comes to visiting Rome in two or four wheels, they have all your needs covered: they have bikes, and vintage and modern scooters. You can rent all these transportation options and they even organize tours where a guide shows you around in these legendary vehicles. They have also a tour on a Cinquecento, the tiny Italian car that is a symbol of the roaring Rome of La Dolce Vita.
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You can contact Eco Move rent at their premises in Via Varese 48/50 and also by telephone (+39 06.44704518)or using their website. If want you want is to not only “visit” but live the city, then this is an experience you just can’t miss.



Mar
18
2012
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International tennis coming to Rome for the 69th edition

 ATP World Tours Masters 1000, Internazionali BNL d’Italia 2012,  to be contested at Foro Italico starting 12th of May for eight consecutive days.  In this tournament, top stand is worth euro 2,427,975.  Internationally recognised players do not simply pop-up over a night indeed, but gift, hardwork, determination,  professionalism and experience is what makes them popular and most paid. The honour is worth it.

Attention of the media and fans is inclined towards most known athletes. Fans long to watch favorites play, take a photo or perhaps a signature.

Victoria AzarenkaAccording to recent ATP ranking, women’s best start are Victoria Azarenka (Belorussia),  Maria Sharapova (Russia) and Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) with 8980, 7680 and 7095 points consecutively.

Top seed, Victoria Azarenka,  is in Rome after securing the Qatar Total and Australian Open.

Last year, Novak Djokovic won a record five ATP Masters Series 1000 titles: Indian Wells, Miami and Canada, played on hard courts, and Madrid and Rome, on clay. Novak Djokovic is netting ten million U.S. dollars a year compiling a 43-match winning streak until his defeat in the French Open semifinals in May. He is currently ATP number one player with 13,310 points followed by Rafael Nadal (10,415) and Roger Federer (8,710).

 Novak Djokovic is also landing in Rome winning the Australian Open  in February.Novak Djokovic

For more in depth information on results, players, tickets, courts and more visit this site: http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.com

Tennis in Rome is not mere professional players, games, media, presentations, sponsors, photos and autographs. The event is an interact of all minor things that insert aroma to the whole experience: dolce vita , fashion, history, religion, accommodation, pizza and pasta.

 For best accommodation and a reasonable price visit: http://www.hoteldesartistes.com/

Our blogger: Adu K

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