Oct 24, 2016

Rocca di Ostia Antica

“I love the silent hour of night,
For blissful dreams may then arise,
Revealing to my charmed sight
What may not bless my waking eyes.”
― Anne Brontë

Night view of the Castel of Pope Julius II (1443 - 1513) in Ostia Antica, far 25 km from Rome, built between 1483 - 1486, to defend the mouth of the Tiber river from the Mediterranean pirates

Oct 20, 2016


The entrance to the Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden), one of the most romantic, lovely and quiet place in Rome, on the top of Aventino Hill

Oct 18, 2016

Street Fragments

"I can control my destiny, but not my fate. Destiny means there are opportunities to turn right or left, but fate is a one-way street. I believe we all have the choice as to whether we fulfil our destiny, but our fate is sealed" ― Paulo Coelho

Oct 12, 2016

The Night

"The night
Hath been to me a more familiar face
Than that of man; and in her starry shade
Of dim and solitary loveliness
I learned the language of another world"

Lord Byron, Manfred

Rome, 11 October 2016

Oct 10, 2016

Winter is coming

“Still ... in this world only winter is certain” ― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Oct 9, 2016


"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats" - Albert Schweitzer

Oct 7, 2016

Rain in Rome

"I love the rain. It's my favorite weather" - Rabindranath Tagore

"Into each life some rain must fall" - Rabindranath Tagore

"Without rain, there is no life" -  Robert Frost

“Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards” — Vladimir Nabokov

“Rain didn't make things messy. People did that all on their own” — Barbara Delinsky

Oct 2, 2016

Best choice in Rome

Black and White scenery of the historical Hotel Montecarlo. 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

Oct 1, 2016

Crisis brings progress and creativity

The crisis according to Albert Einstein

“Do not pretend that things will change if we always do the same. The crisis is the best blessing that can happen to people and countries, because the crisis brings progress. Creativity is born from the distress, as the day is born from the dark night. It is in crisis that invention, discovery and large strategies are born.Who ever overcomes crisis, outdoes himself without being overcome.

Who attributes their failures to the crisis and neglects, violent his own talent and gives most respect to the problems rather than solutions. The real crisis is the crisis of incompetence. The drawback of people and countries is laziness to find solutions to their problems. without crisis there are no challenges, without challenges life is a routine, a slow agony.  without crisis there is no merit. It is in the crisis where the best of each other rise up, without crises any wind is caress. Talk of crisis is to promote it, and silent in the crisis is to exalt conformity. Instead of that, work hard. Get it over with the only crises threatening, that is the tragedy of not wanting to fight for it ”

- Albert Einstein -

Rome, 01October 2016

Sep 30, 2016

Souvenirs from Rome

Nice postcard of the historical Hotel Montecarlo! Since 1957, in the center of Rome, just a few steps from Termini Station, with a splendid tradition of real Roman hospitality and amazing welcoming, our hotel is the best choice for the best Roman Holidays ever!  Find, follow and share the Facebook page of Hotel Montecarlo Roma, your best tourist guide for Rome!

Check our official website www.hotelmontecarlo.it discovering fantastic special offers, and come to visit us! Rome and its best three-star hotel, with services and qualities of a 4 star, are waiting for you!

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 

Urban Moments in Rome

My myopia (short-sightedness) progresses more and more and can not be treatable. I'm becoming like a mole and have more and more difficulty to photograph, even in the most simple way. I believe that this wonderful hobby of photography is coming to an end. But until I can, until then, I will take pictures as much possible

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


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