Category Archives: Renaissance Rome

Raffaello at Villa Farnesina

Raffaello was the darling of Rome. According to the art historian Giorgio Vasari, he had such a pleasant personnality that he charmed everybody who counted in the Vatican, except perhaps his rival Michelangelo. It was Pope Julius II who brought … Continue reading

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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 of the time. Today, it is overshadowed by the many … Continue reading

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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 in Rome. To break with the tradition, the Palace has … Continue reading

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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 a multitude of fountains, grottos, sculptures, secret paths and secular … Continue reading

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Rome’s oldest hospital

Santo Spirito in Sassia is one of the world’s oldest hospitals.  Located on the river bank, next to St Peter’s square, it was for centuries Rome’s main public hospital, home to abandoned babies, homeless wanderers and lost pilgrims. The story … Continue reading

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