Monthly Archives: December 2010

Christmas in Rome

I find Christmas in Rome very pleasant and relaxing. There is less of the commercial pressure felt in Northern European cities, where it is all about buying and consuming. On Christmas day, most shops and bars are closed but people … Continue reading

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weather

Just as I was about to praise the lovely winter days we’ve just had, it started to seriously rain again…we can’t take so much water any more…..

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Day trip to Naples

I went to Naples especially to see a Bill Viola exhibition, one of my favourite contemporary artists. The show was held at the Capodimonte museum, one of the largest in Naples and in Italy. This prestigious institution is usually closed … Continue reading

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Flooding of the Tiber

After so much rain, the river Tiber is rising fast…but is still away from the high levels reached two years ago. It was only over a century ago that the river banks were built to protect the city from recurrent … Continue reading

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The MAXXI, a new contemporary art museum for Rome

Very few contemporary buildings have been built in Rome since Mussolini’s transformation of the city in the 1930s. So when Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid was commissioned to design a new contemporary art museum at the start of the Millenium, it … Continue reading

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Emperor Augustus’s testament at the Ara Pacis

At the end of his busy life, the first Roman emperor Augustus (63BC -14AD)  wrote a testament in which he described all his achievements as a ruler. The famous text is known as the Res gestae, from its introductory line … Continue reading

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Milano-Roma

I am on the fast Frecciarossa train between Rome and Milan, which is busy as usual and is a fair indicator of the number of people who regularly travel between the two cities. It feels like the heart of Italy … Continue reading

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