Monthly Archives: June 2011

The most celebrated Apollo

The Belvedere Apollo in the Vatican Museum is one of the most famous sculptures from the Antiquity. It became particularly celebrated in the 18th century, when art historian Johann Joachim Winckelmann, one of the founding fathers of modern archeology, rediscovered … Continue reading

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Surprising Art Nouveau in Rome

The Art Nouveau, or Liberty style as it became known in Italy, famously thrived in northern Europe at the turn of the 20th century. At the time, Rome was growing fast as the new capital city of the recently unified … Continue reading

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outdoor pools

When I leave Rome, I’ll miss swimming in an outdoor pool from June to October. Time has gone so fast this year that I was surprised to find the pools already open. Nothing unusual… according to one of the many … Continue reading

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The scent of jasmin

When I go away from Rome, I’ll particularly miss the scent of jasmin in spring. Its very distinctive perfume makes any walk or scooter ride in the city a very pleasant olfactory experience.

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Venice for the Biennale

Once every two years from June to November, Venice becomes the centre of the contemporary art world, when it is hosting one of the most prestigious international art gathering: the Biennale.  Initially a competition between Nation States, it has developed … Continue reading

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