Monthly Archives: May 2010

Rome’s oldest hospital

Santo Spirito in Sassia is one of the world’s oldest hospitals.  Located on the river bank, next to St Peter’s square, it was for centuries Rome’s main public hospital, home to abandoned babies, homeless wanderers and lost pilgrims. The story … Continue reading

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Santa Sabina on the Aventine Hill

I fell in love with Rome again. Just as I was getting tired of the daily hassle we continuously experience living here, I was struck again unexpectedly because of a particular view of the city. That’s what it’s like to … Continue reading

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Rents in Rome

Some things never change. Writing about Rome, Stendhal mentions the extortionate rent visitors have to pay during the Holy Week. He is there in 1829 at the time of the election of Pope Pius VIII (Castiglioni) which took place in … Continue reading

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Grand Tour

Living in Rome is a bit like being on a modern Grand Tour. We are permanent tourists in the city, going from site to site, deepening our knowledge of the arts from the Antiquity to modern times…We have the luxury … Continue reading

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PARIOLI

To follow up on the previous blog, some areas of Rome can be more than boring: they are depressing. The worst of them in my view is Parioli. Located on the Monti Parioli hills just north of the historic centre, … Continue reading

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The reality of Rome

There are days I have enough of living in Rome. There’s a sentiment of apathy in the city that eventually gets you. A subconscious feeling telling you that no matter what you’re trying to do, you won’t succeed, because this … Continue reading

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