Among the many sections of the Vatican Museums, one that most certainly deserves to be paid a visit is the one known as “Vatican Pinacoteca”, that is, the Vatican Art Gallery. While in many other sections of the museums you can find an impressive collection of ancient art, the Vatican Pinacoteca gathers some of the finest … Read more "The Vatican Pinacoteca"
Not all the pilgrims who come to Rome and try to take a picture with the Swiss who stand guard to the Vatican entrances know the history behind these soldiers who swore allegiance to the Pope. We must go back to the age of the Renaissance and to the reasons that led Pope Julius II to … Read more "The Swiss Guards"
The Palaces of the Vatican are a world in itself: great and magnificent buildings with numerous rooms, galleries, libraries, chapels, halls, yards and gardens, filled with countless art treasures of all kinds. Since the Renaissance, there is no great artist who didn’t leave here the immortal imprint of his genius. There is no soul, lover of beauty, who … Read more "Tour of the Vatican Museums – Part One"
The Colosseum Via dei Fori Imperiali is a broad straight road realized in 1932, which passes through the ruins of the Imperial fora from which it takes its name. At the end of this street, between the Esquilino and Celio hills, there is one of the greatest wonders of the Roman civilization: the Colosseum. This immense amphitheater, whose … Read more "The Glory of Rome"
The Sistine Chapel was built by the architect Giovanni de’ Dolci between 1475 and 1483. The chapel was commissioned by Sixtus IV, who wanted this construction to have essential forms, and to be closed and almost inaccessible from the outside, close to fortified. Then the paintings, begun in 1481, transformed this severe, almost bare chapel … Read more "Discovering the Paintings of the Vault in the Sistine Chapel"
“Why today a Jubilee of Mercy? Simply because it’s the Church, in this time of great historic changes, is called to offer more strongly the signs of the presence and closeness of God” Said Papa Francesco starting the Jubilee which opened its doors on 8 December, 2015, and will end on 20 November 2016. For … Read more "Rome and the Jubilee"
A Street Art gallery in the streets of Rome In 2015 Rome was the place selected by memorieurbane.it which is one of the more well-known Street Art festival in the world. In witness of the Eternal City participation in this Street festival Art remained the wonderful murals on some Roman roads. One of these works … Read more "Rome for Hipsters"
Whether you are in Rome for the first time, for business or vacation, or even if you go there often, given the vastness of possibilities to eat something can be hard to find places where to eat healthy food, natural and tasty. This is why in this article we will try to provide some suggestions. … Read more "Where to eat in a natural and healthy way in Rome"
The four rooms known as Raphael Rooms, or more commonly Stanze (stanza is Italian for room), are, together with Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the legacy of the High Renaissance in Rome, and certainly a must-see for whomever happens to be travelling to the city. The rooms were originally meant as a suite of apartments for Pope Julius II , and, … Read more "The Raphael Rooms"
The Rome Rose Garden is located nearby the area of the Circus Maximus, on the Aventine Hill. This public park was created in 1950 on an area previously meant as an Hebrew cemetery, but later left abandoned after the cemetery had been moved. The city administration decided then to recreate here a rose garden, like … Read more "The Rome Rose Garden"
This is the second part of the article, read the first part here. We concluded the first part of our tour in the Laocoön cabinet, let’s move now to the Hermes cabinet, where the statue of Hermes – copy of an original Greek artwork probably realized by Praxiteles – is displayed. Here we also find … Read more "Tour of the Vatican Museums – Part Two"
”I could find myself in Rome only. For the first time, I felt in harmony with myself, I felt happy, reasonable … ”, said the famous author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who spent part of his life in Rome. His former home can be visited at 18 Via del Corso, and here is where we start … Read more "A Literary Tour in Rome"