Monthly Archives: February 2011

Breathing contemporary art

Rome is slowly trying to catch up with other major cities for contemporary art venues. Its newly opened contemporary art museum, the MAXXI, designed by the celebrated anglo-iraqi architect, Zaha Hadid, has been the object of many reviews and press … Continue reading

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Florence

When the French writer Stendhal did his tour of Italy around the 1820s, it took him five days to travel from Florence to Rome on a horse carriage. Today the same journey takes about three hours by car or half … Continue reading

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Patron saint turning beauty icon?

Santa Cecilia, the patron saint of music and choir singing, is particularly famous in Rome, her city of birth where she suffered martyrdom. One of Rome’s most renowned orchestra and choir is named after her, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. … Continue reading

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