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Living in Rome

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 … Continue reading

March 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Breathing contemporary art

Rome is slowly trying to catch up with other major cities for contemporary art venues. Its newly opened contemporary art museum, the MAXXI, designed by the celebrated anglo-iraqi architect, Zaha … Continue reading

February 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

Florence

When the French writer Stendhal did his tour of Italy around the 1820s, it took him five days to travel from Florence to Rome on a horse carriage. Today the … Continue reading

February 14, 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

20th century martyrs near the via Appia

The via Appia is well known for its catacombs, or underground burial chambers, where the first Christian martyrs were buried. St Sebastian’s catacomb is one of the most famous and … Continue reading

January 27, 2011 · Leave a comment

Futuristic Rome in the EUR district

Like many people, I have a fascination for the futuristic EUR district on the outskirt of Rome and its landmark, the famous Palazzo della Civilt√†, also known as the Square … Continue reading

January 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

Mamma’s boy

It is well known that Italian men keep a close relationship with their mother throughout their adult life. For them, she is like a queen mother, quietly ruling his family, … Continue reading

January 18, 2011 · Leave a comment

smallest cinema in Europe

Rome claims to have the smallest cinema in Europe, with a single room sitting a maximum of 60 viewers. The cinema dei Piccoli, as it’s called, is located inside the … Continue reading

January 13, 2011 · Leave a comment

Are the Romans rude?

I must have one of the worst neighbours in central Rome. His name is Domenico, and instead of being one of those lovely patriarchs out of a 1960s movie, he … Continue reading

January 12, 2011 · 1 Comment

Barbarians at the gate?

Being a foreigner living in Rome is no easy condition, as Romans tend to make it known that they are a breed apart in the city. Is it still in … Continue reading

January 12, 2011 · Leave a comment