Rome, over the last two thousand years, became center of power, wealth and religion. At its highest peak, the Roman Empire extended Scotland to North Africa and Israel to England. And at the end of the day, the Roman Catholic state is reaching billions of followers across the globe.
Rich families, consulates and/or religious figures hired artists or architects to personalise their villas with statutes, gardens, thermae, theatre, temples, libraries and so on. The Roman Catholic hegemony, for example, hired artistes like Michaelangelo to paint the Last Super and Sistine Chapel. No wander, the rich families and the powerfull did the same.
Obsession to family interest, power and a luxurious life style often engulfed governors, generals, cardinals, popes and rich at odds against each other. This kind of selfish and controversial life style was also wide spread in the peninsula.
Rome owes its architecture, art, history and might; either to those who trampled the poor or to those who used religion to further their apetite to power, money or religious ambitions.
In a ‘modernised and civilized’ Rome, nothing seems to have changed except that now all the hassle is in a more fashionable and refined way.
Yet, Rome is worth watching.
The Trevi Fountain by night The Trevi Fountain is a stunner. Our advice is to visit it both during the day and during the night, but on that special day you might like to make a night visit to throw a coin with your significant other and make a wish together.
Lo Zodiaco One of the most legendary restaurants with a view in Rome, and a sure hit if you want to impress your date. Its location outside the city makes it a little offhand, but allows a clear view of the city and the stars. Reservations: +39 06 3549 6744
Pincio A terrace that’s part of Villa Borghese and can be accessed from Piazza del Popolo. Offers a marvelous view of Rome, and is probably the most romantic spot in the city.
Ponte Milvio A recent fashion has lovers locking padlocks to the handrail of this bridge and then throwing the key away. For sure a memorable way to celebrate Valentine’s day!
Rock in Roma takes place every summer at the race course Capannelle, and if you have been following us you know well that it thingles our rock-head soft spots.
pd: Just in case you have trouble recalling how awesome The Black Keys are, we’ll just leave you a video of our favorite song of theirs.
2.- The Piazza Navona Christmas Market
3.- The Christmas scene at the Vatican
4.- Panettone and Pandoro
5.- Roasted chestnuts street vendors
We don’t like chesnuts but we love to see the vendors on the street. Winter wouldn’t be the same without them.
Villa Quintilii, located in the Appia Antica surrounding, was constructed in 151 AD by Sextus Quintilius Maximus and Sextus Quintilius Condianus, who were successfull consuls in the 2nd century. Nevertheless, the earliest construction of the villa dates back to the Hadrian rule.
The end of the once influential consul brothers was so sad. It is said, Emperor Commodus so coveted the villa, may be due its location or magnificence, and killed (182 AD) the Quintilii bros and automatically became the heir.
Villa Quintilii was discoverded in 1776 by Gavin Hamilton, in what the locals commonly call Roma Vecchia for after the villa was first excavated, it looked like a small city in itself. This houses extensive thermae with its own water supply system and amazingly a horse race course (dating to the fourth century).
Now, the villa (a state property since 1989) has a museum that houses the marbles and other materials which were used to adorn the villa. In 1784 the villa has to it added a terrace, which give a good view of the Castelli Romani.
Well, in Rome almost everything is worth noting. Cathedrals, basilicas, villas, museums, statues, bla bla are the big shots people like to visit, take pictures, talk about, chat or google. Today, I want to give you a very shortsummary on the little known or may be ignored or less googled but very essential part of everyday life in Rome, be it locals, tourists or animals. The Nasoni literally means ‘big nose’. It supplies potable water free of charge.
The Nasoni, were first installed in 1874, by mayer Luigi Pianciani. Today, incredibily, the nasonis are 2500 in number, spreading almost everywhere in Rome. They are financed by the city hall, and that is also why locals call them, ‘l’acqua del sindaco’ meaning mayer’s water.
Identifying characteristics of nasino:- twentyfour seven water flow, almost 120 centimeters tall, cold and potable water, limited water wastage (excess water goes to gardens, clean the sewer systems and supply for industrial cleanings), multi-use spout (allows fast and free water flow, touch-spout-mode to switch to drink-without-a-cup-style).
As every year, the Rome Film Festival is one of the highlights of the cultural calendar of the Eternal City.
Looks like the photographic exhibition that the Cervantes Institute dedicated to Frida Kahlo some months ago was only a hint of big things to come. From March 20 to July 13, 2014 The Scuderie del Quirinale will be hosting a big exposition of paintings by the iconic paintress along with a selection of photographic portraits made by the American photographer Nickolas Muray.
With these news, as we enter the last leg of this 2013, we begin to rub our hands in anticipation for 2014.
That’s the case with the Vittoriano. For most tourists is memorable; for most Romans is just akward.
The monument was built to celebrate king Vittorio Emanuele II after his death, and apparently the mindset was “throw it all in”. More than a monument is a complex of monuments that comemorate the king, the unknown soldier, the Italian virtues, and the Italian regions. Probably that’s why most people just call it “Altar of the Fatherland”, although those less enthusiastic about its anachronistic style have coined affectionate nicknames as “The Wedding Cake” and “The Typewriter”.