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Borromini’s disconcerting prospective

Borromini was one of the most creative architects of the Baroque era in Rome, both in terms of style and technical innovations. He designed numerous buildings and churches which have become models for architects and artists all the way to … Continue reading

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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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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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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 were concentrated and captured in this small neighbourhood. Today, it … Continue reading

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Meeting at the Circolo

Modern Rome was built around the administration of the new government following the country’s unification in 1861. Whole new neighbourhoods were erected around the turn of the century for the newly appointed civil servants who came to work in the … Continue reading

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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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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 once emperor he ruled with justice, tolerance and respect. Like … 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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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, but still clear, and the atmosphere peaceful.  I particularly like … Continue reading

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Rome’s best swimming pool

Finding a swimming pool in Rome is no easy task. There are a few but they tend to be part of rather outdated yet expensive private sports clubs. One of them however stands out: the mosaic swimming pool built as … Continue reading

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