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The not so secret view of St Peter’s cupola

One of the most famous view of St Peter’s can be seen through a tiny keyhole at the Priory of the Knights of Malta on the Aventine hill. Looking through … Continue reading

July 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

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

Hidden treasures at Trinita dei Monti

The church of La Trinità dei Monti on top of the Spanish steps is famous for its unequal position overlooking the centre of Rome. It is one of the most … Continue reading

July 4, 2011 · 1 Comment

Urbi et Orbi

It is difficult to write about Rome without mentioning the still overwhelming presence of the Pope and the Vatican. As is the custom on Christmas and Easter day, the Pope … Continue reading

April 25, 2011 · Leave a comment

Bramante’s perfect proportions

Hidden in the small cloister of St Pietro in Montorio on the Janiculum hill, Bramante’s Tempietto (little temple) is considered as the High-Renaissance masterpiece encompassing all the ideals and ideas … Continue reading

April 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

Piazza di Spagna

My favourite time to go to Piazza di Spagna is early in the morning, between 8 and 9 am, before it gets too busy. The light is already quite bright, … Continue reading

April 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

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 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

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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