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Rome at dawn

In the Ancient World, dawn was represented as a goddess lifting the curtain of day light to open the way to Apollo, god of the sun, and his magnificent chariot. … Continue reading

August 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Ludovisi Throne

In the series of great sculptures in Rome, another of my favourites is the Ludovisi Throne in the national museum of Palazzo Altemps. In this palace near Piazza Navona,  is … Continue reading

July 21, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Dying Gaul

The Romans left us a great legacy, which today helps us understand better their ancient civilisation. They recorded practically everything in the form of engravings, mosaics, reliefs and sculpture, the … Continue reading

July 20, 2011 · 9 Comments

The mystical triangle

Nothing in Rome is left to chance, but it is not always obvious at first glance.  At any time in history, when emperors and popes built palaces, temples or churches, … Continue reading

July 12, 2011 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

June 30, 2011 · 1 Comment

One of the oldest ghettos

If I could choose an area to live in Rome, I would probably choose the Ghetto. It has a special character, as if two thousand years of the city’s history … Continue reading

May 19, 2011 · 1 Comment

Italy’s Byzantine treasures

Driving from Rome to Ravenna in Emilia-Romagna feels a bit like going to another country. Apart from the language, everything is different: the landscape, the way the city is organised, … Continue reading

May 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Trajan column unravelled

Trajan was one of Rome’s great emperors, ruling over the Empire from 98 to 117 AD. He was a distinguished army leader, who brought victory in the German provinces, and … Continue reading

May 3, 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

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 … Continue reading

February 6, 2011 · Leave a comment
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