Monthly Archives: April 2010

Salambo is on holidays…back to Rome in May

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Definitely Borromini…

I finally made it to St Ivo alla Sapienza ……This famous church, considered to be Borromini’s masterpiece is only open from 10am to 12pm on Sundays, the rest of the time, we can only admire the facade. The church was … Continue reading

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More Borromini or rather Bernini?

Francesco Borromini and Gian Lorenzo Bernini were opposite in everything: character, personality, artistic style, and tastes yet they both created the Roman Baroque style. Their respective works are present all over Rome, in churches, palaces, squares and fountains. Bernini was … Continue reading

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Lido di Ostia

As soon as the weather gets warmer, Romans flock to the beach in Ostia to get their suntan for the summer. Then the traffic moves from the inner city to viale Cristoforo Colombo, the main artery going from Rome to … Continue reading

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there’s everything in Rome, but…

In my first year in Rome, I met someone (an art gallerist) who told me that you could find everything you wanted in Rome, you just had to know where to find it. I’m reminded of it every time I … Continue reading

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More Borromini, more churches

The other morning I got up at 6am to visit a church…. that’s the kind of thing one does in Rome! Not any church though, one designed by Francesco Borromini: Santa Maria dei sette dolori. The name says it all: … Continue reading

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Borromini m’enchante

I developed a sudden passion for Borromini’s work. It took me five years to start looking at Baroque Rome (too much to see for one city), and all I can set my eyes on now is Borromini. His architecture has … Continue reading

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