Tag Archives: Rome

Arrivederci Roma

As life is taking me to new shores, I have to (hopefully temporarily) say goodbye to Rome. I have just moved to Ethiopia from where I will continue writing this blog (on http://www.salamboinaddis.com). In the meantime, I will keep the … Continue reading

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Re-creating Rome

Cinecittà is to Rome what Hollywood is to Los Angeles: a city of dreams and fiction. However, rather than a huge film business, Cinecittà is a highly revered institution. It became such in the 1960s when legendary film director Federico … Continue reading

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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 the door leading to the Priory’s secret gardens on Piazza … Continue reading

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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 exhibited the collection of antique sculptures which was part of … Continue reading

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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 latter being a highly regarded art form in their culture.  … Continue reading

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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 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, they had a grand plan. Beyond the symbolism inherent to … Continue reading

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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 memorable sights of the eternal city. I personally find the … 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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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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