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An olive grove in the middle of the city

Italy is well known for its many monasteries, usually located in beautiful and peaceful settings to favour a life of meditation.  However, one such monastery exists in a very urban … Continue reading

March 31, 2011 · Leave a comment

A shining light from the Dark Ages

For a period of a thousand years, from the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 to the 15th century Renaissance, Rome went through its own dark ages. The city … Continue reading

March 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Caravaggio enigma

The early 17th century painter, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, was somewhat rediscovered in the 20th century, when he became highly fashionable again. His dark and powerful style of painting corresponded … Continue reading

March 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Open doors at Rome’s most prestigious palace

Many of Rome’s best palaces remain closed to the public most of the time. This is the case in particular with the Palazzo Farnese, prestigious seat of the French embassy … Continue reading

March 22, 2011 · 1 Comment

Italy celebrates…

All shops and offices are closed today in Rome for the 150th anniversary of the Italian Unity. On that very day in 1861, the newly formed Italian Parliament proclaimed Vittorio … Continue reading

March 17, 2011 · Leave a comment

The weight of tradition

Rome is a city of traditions, a city of the past, where rituals stay alive century after century. Among the odd ones in my view is the celebration held every … Continue reading

March 16, 2011 · Leave a comment

Relaxing in a thermal pool

Italy is well known for its thermal baths and spa resorts. After all, the tradition started two thousand years ago, when the Romans developed sophisticated water systems and aqueducts. The … Continue reading

March 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Creating heaven on earth

The villa d’Este in Tivoli on the outskirts of Rome is famous for its amazing 16th century terraced gardens, which on a steep hill of only about four hectares, include … Continue reading

March 7, 2011 · Leave a comment
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