Sep 27, 2016

Your Home in Rome

Refined and comfortable historical hotel, in the heart of Rome, just a few steps from Termini station. The best choice for the best Roman Holidays. Find, follow, share and like the Facebook page of Hotel Montecarlo Roma


Sep 26, 2016

Your Best Choice in Rome

Night scenery of Hotel Montecarlo, refined and comfortable historical hotel, in the heart of Rome, just a few steps from Termini station. The best choice for the best Roman Holidays. Find, like and follow Hotel Montecarlo Roma on Facebook

Sep 20, 2016

Your Best Stay in Rome

In the heart of Rome, since 1957 with a wonderful tradition of real Roman hospitality and fantastic welcoming, your best stay in the Eternal City. Find, like and follow Hotel Montecarlo Roma on Facebook


Sep 18, 2016

Follow the best hotel in Rome

Dear blog followers, everyday I write and post something of interesting about Rome on the Facebook page of Hotel Montecarlo where I work as concierge for 20 years. That page can be a good tourist guide to discover the Eternal City and if you have time and wish to know something more about the Roman wonders, please find, like, follow and share this page: Hotel Montecarlo Roma, one of the best 3-star and the most magic hotel in the most magic city in the world. Everyday interesting pictures, news, information and curiosity about Rome. To explore the Great Beauty of Rome follow on Facebook: Hotel Montecarlo Roma 

Sep 17, 2016

Driving therapy

Never underestimate the therapeutic power of driving and listening to very loud music


Sep 16, 2016

Spread Love

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier" – Mother Teresa




Sep 15, 2016

Sep 14, 2016

Roman Ghetto at night

The Roman Ghetto or Ghetto of Rome, (in Italian: Ghetto di Roma), was a Jewish ghetto established in 1555 in the Rione Sant'Angelo, in Rome, Italy, in the area surrounded by present-day Via del Portico d'Ottavia, Lungotevere dei Cenci, Via del Progresso and Via di Santa Maria del Pianto, close to the River Tiber and the Theatre of Marcellus. With the exception of brief periods under Napoleon from 1808 to 1815 and under the Roman Republics of 1798-99 and 1849, the ghetto of Rome was controlled by the papacy until the capture of Rome in 1870...




Sep 13, 2016

Chiesa Sant'Alfonso Liguori

Night scenery of the Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori (Chiesa di Sant'Alfonso di Liguori all'Esquilino) is a church located on the Via Merulana, on the Esquiline Hill, one of the Seven Hills of Rome. One of the rare examples of neo-Gothic architecture in Rome, it was built between 1855 and 1859 is one of the last papal churches of the city. Designed by the Scottish architect George Wigley, is dedicated to St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) the founder of the Most Holy Redeemer, who founded and staff the church, and is one of thirty-three Doctors of the Church



Sep 12, 2016

The Power of Flowers

"If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give" ― George MacDonald


Dédié à ma blog suiveur de la France, Mme Laurence, que je remercie pour toujours suivre moi ici

Sep 11, 2016

11 September

“It has been said, 'time heals all wounds.' I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone” ― Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy


Sep 10, 2016

From a car window - (part 04)

“A pain stabbed my heart, as it did every time I saw a girl I loved who was going the opposite direction in this too-big world” ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road


Sep 6, 2016

Light in the Roman night

Today I would like to introduce an innovative new camera company, LIGHT, and their Light Camera L16, a new compact camera that uses multiple lens systems to shoot photos at the same time, then computationally fuses them into a DSLR-quality image, but before I want to share with you something about the birth of a picture.

I already posted this photograph many times but today I would to tell something more about it. The place is Piazza della Rotonda, a square in the historic center of Rome and the colossal monument stands is the majestic Pantheon, the most preserved ancient Roman temple of the city, built and rebuilt several times, first by Agrippa who began it in 27 B.C.
The presente structure that you can see now is the result  of an early 2nd century A.D. reconstruction by the Emperor Hadrian.
The Pantheon is in an astonishing state of preservation, considering nearly two millennia of vandalism.

I took this photo in September 2014, around midnight, after a busy day in my hotel.
Photography is not only my greatest hobby but also a kind of relaxing therapy after a long busy day.

Photography is my personal way to meditate and charge vital energies, finding peace, calm and wellness in body and mind.

I almost always prefer to take pictures at night when the streets are less busy and not so many people around, catching the charm of the night's silence.

For this photographs I used a little DSLR and a tripod and my settings were:
f/4.0 – 1/8 – ISO 1600 – Nikon D3200 – 18.3mm

I almost always shot in Black and White. I believe in monochrome photography there is something of different, more special, artistic, a magical timeless touch.

When I heard about the Vantage Point project  launched by LIGHT , a very interesting project to share amazing pictures and photographers' stories from around the world, I wished to participate especially with this photo that speaks not only about the eternal beauty of my city, Rome, but also the fascination of photography and how I approach this art.

And now, my dear blog followers, let me to inform that the innovative company, LIGHT,  has created the Light Camera L16, a new compact camera with multiple lenses that creates a DSLR quality image in the palm of our hands.


Click on the link to learn more about this innovative compact camera:


Sep 3, 2016

Piazza San Calisto

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment”— Robert Frank


Sep 2, 2016

Trastevere

Night scenery of Trastevere, a microcosm encapsulating epochs, peoples and living styles. All wound up in a fascinating complex of intertwining medieval streets and dwellings, both aristocratic and common. The sun dappled cobbled streets draped in ivy, punctuated with window boxes; the rattle whizz and purr of precarious mopeds; washing stretched across streets to dry: street vendors, artists, the mouthwatering aroma of freshly baked pizza and "all manner of folk" characterize Trastevere. Literally translated, the word "Trastevere" comes from the Latin "trans Tiberim", meaning "beyond the Tevere". Until the time of the Emperor Augustus, the area was immediately outside the city, linked to a port upriver, and specialized in trade. In Augustus' time it was so densely populated, that the Emperor established here one of the the guards' residences. A barracks stood not far from where the church of Saint Crisogonowas later built. It was home to almost one thousand guards, acting as an emergency service, for fires and local disturbances. Trastevere represented one of the more cosmopolitan districts in Rome. Inhabited by a combination of Romans, Greeks, and Jews who lived nearby. As with every cosmopolitan city, it was a melting pot of cultures, cuisine and customs. To this day, the "Trasteverini", the inhabitants of Trastevere, are "authentic Romans", known for their dialectic use of Italian and down to earth "live and let live" approach to life, who for centuries have lived in a working environment of cultural integration. The establishment of the Jewish colony was probably the reason for the early spread of Christianity in the area, and the establishment of various "tituli" (parishes) such as Santa Maria in Trastevere, Saint Crisogono and Santa Cecilia



















Pictures taken on the evening of 25 August 2016,  a beautiful evening
   

Sep 1, 2016

September

"If I knew how to take a good photograph, I'd do it every time" - Robert Doisneau


Aug 31, 2016

31 August 2016

This morning the weather in Rome is changing. Fall season is not so far

 It's raining now in Rome and my thoughts are for all the poor survivors of the earthquake in central Italy, hoping the winter season arrivals as late as possible in those devastated regions

Aug 30, 2016

Fountain of the Barrel

The Fountain of the Barrel, built in 1927, and located in the Trastevere quarter on the corner between via della Cisterna and via San Francesco a Ripa. This fountain was the work of the architect Pietro Lombardi to show the traditional presence in the area of taverns and wine shops. The barrel, placed vertically on a base, is the typical “cart” used in the past to transport the wine of the Roman castles and from a central hole the water pours out and is collected in a half basin below. On either side of the barrel are two containers to measure the wine of the type still in use today in Roman taverns from which flow water that is collected in strategically placed shells


Aug 29, 2016

LES CHATS by Willy Ronis

Another very interesting photo book dedicated to the feline charm by the great master of photography, Willy Ronis (1910 - 2009). His style was original and so genially elegant



Aug 28, 2016

Aug 26, 2016

From a car window - (part 02)

News about the earthquake in central Italy make us really sad and wake our hearts to give solidarity, help and comfort for all the victims.
But we must no lose the smile from our faces. Never.
Now our priority is to help and rebuild and give consolation to the people who are suffering.
We have to be strong and brave and never give up.
Be strong Italy.

I post another picture taken from a car window, yesterday, in Rome
I would like to continue with this new photographic project: "the world seen from a car window" and we'll see what will happens



Aug 25, 2016

Italy Earthquake

24 August 2016, early morning, watching sad news on TV about the devastating earthquake in central Italy. All my prayers for the poor victims there

"On hearing the news of the earthquake that has struck central Italy and which has devastated many areas and left many wounded, I cannot fail to express my heartfelt sorrow and spiritual closeness to all those present in the zones afflicted" ― Pope Francis, 24 August 2016

Aug 23, 2016

Aug 22, 2016

From a car window - (part 01)

Thinking in this period at another photographic project, similar to that other of last year, titled "On the Road". The world seen from my car window. I'll talk later...

I'll go for a while to take pictures from my car window...
Always inspired by the novel On the road, by Jack Kerouac
Also by the greatest street photographer ever, Daido Moriyama.
Inspired also by the master Josef Sudek and his work"The window from my studio"

So, the world seen from my car window

Let's see how this goes...

Rome, 22 August 2016