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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 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 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

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 … Continue reading

July 13, 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

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

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 … Continue reading

June 16, 2011 · 2 Comments

outdoor pools

When I leave Rome, I’ll miss swimming in an outdoor pool from June to October. Time has gone so fast this year that I was surprised to find the pools … Continue reading

June 16, 2011 · Leave a comment