Mar 18, 2018

The Orange Garden

When in Rome don't forget to visit the Orange Garden (in Italian: Giardino degli Aranci) as known as the Savello park (Parco Savello), located on the Aventine Hill, one of the Seven Roman Hills, from where to enjoy an excellent view of the city. The garden, whose name comes from the many bitter orange trees growing there, extends over the area of an ancient fortress built near the basilica of Santa Sabina by the Savelli family between 1285 and 1287, which, in turn, was built over an old castle constructed by the Crescentii in the tenth century. The garden is bordered by a wall that once surrounded the Savelli castle and other remains of the castle can also be still seen. The castle was later given to the Dominican Order from Santa Sabina, which transformed it into a monastery, and the small park into a vegetable garden. According to legend Saint Dominic (1170-1221) gave the garden its first orange tree, after transporting a sapling from Spain. Legend also tells that Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) picked the oranges from this tree and made candied fruit, which she gave to Pope Urban VI

Mar 7, 2018

Ostia Lido

Shooting before the sunset, after a rainy day, along the streets of Ostia Lido, large district of Rome, on the Tyrrhenian coast, at the end of Tiber river, near the ancient port of Rome, which is now a major archaeological site known as Ostia Antica

Mar 6, 2018

The Red Ballon

"Photography to me is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true" - Jacques-Henri Lartigue

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Mar 5, 2018

Time passing

I know this much: that there is objective time, but also subjective time, the kind you wear on the inside of your wrist, next to where the pulse lies. And this personal time, which is the true time, is measured in your relationship to memory” ― Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

Little baby angel statue from my home garden | March, 2018

Mar 3, 2018

Feb 28, 2018

Feb 27, 2018

Snow in Rome

So many people taking pictures around the most famous Roman spots during this historical week... because it is an unusual amazing show to see Rome with snow!

Feb 26, 2018

Snow in Rome

After many years the snow in Rome

Ostia Antica (Rome), Italy, 26 February 2018

Feb 25, 2018

Best Guide for Rome

If you like to discover something more about the most beautiful city in the world please follow the Facebook of Hotel Montecarlo, your best stay and best guide for Rome! Stay tuned!

Feb 5, 2018

Rione Castro Pretorio

Il rione di Castro Pretorio è il XVIII rione di Roma e prende nome dalle caserme delle Coorti Pretoriane: i soldati scelti per la difesa dell'imperatore romano.

Tramontato l'impero la zona si popolò di ville aristocratiche e di vigne. Dopo l'unità d'Italia (1870) al posto delle ville e delle vigne sorsero i palazzi del nuovo governo in asse con il Quirinale, la reggia del re e ora sede del Presidente della Repubblica.

Attorno ai ministeri governativi sorsero tra il 1870 e il 1910 le abitazioni dei governanti, dei funzionari statali e di tanti nobili e aristocratici venuti a risiedere nella capitale del regno al seguito del re. Per questo motivo il quartiere è popolato di tanti villini dallo stile più variegato: si va dallo stile neo-classico allo stile barocco, rinascimentale, allo stile liberty dei primi del novecento.

Insieme ai villini e chiese in stile romanico e classico sorgono palazzi condominiali nel tipico stile umbertino (Umberto I, secondo re d'Italia, 1878-1900). E' lo stile di Roma Capitale.

Delle antiche ville con giardini, terreni e viali alberati rimane in particolare Villa Bonaparte dove visse nei primi decenni del 1800 Paolina, la sorella prediletta di Napoleone.

Parte dei terreni della villa sono stati venduti dopo la fine dello Stato Pontificio per la costruzione di palazzi abitativi. Il nucleo centrale della villa con l'edificio (in cui abitò Paolina Bonaparte) e i giardini che lo circondano è rimasto alla Francia e vi ha sede l'ambasciata di Francia presso la Santa Sede.

Dove erano le caserme dei Pretoriani ora sorge il modernissimo complesso della Biblioteca Nazionale. Questo quartiere è il primo quartiere di Roma Capitale, il più elegante. Vi hanno abitato i personaggi che hanno fatto grande la nuova nazione: statisti, celebri docenti universitari, scienziati, artisti, scrittori non solo italiani ed europei, ma anche provenienti dal Nuovo Mondo, l'America. E' il quartiere più sicuro e meglio amministrato e collegato più comodamente di ogni altra parte di Roma con i trasporti pubblici e ferroviari in quanto è prossimo alla stazione Termini, la stazione centrale dei treni, della metro e degli autobus. Tutto questo perché qui risiede la classe governativa della nuova nazione

Picture taken walking at night between January and February 2018 in the rione (district) of Castro Pretorio, one of the 22 historical rioni in Rome. A rione of Rome (pl. rioni) is a traditional administrative division of the city of Rome. "Rione" is an Italian term used since the 14th century to name a district of a town. The term was born in Rome, originating from the administrative divisions of the city. The word comes from the Latin word regio (pl. regiones, meaning region); during the Middle Ages the Latin word became rejones, from which rione comes

Feb 4, 2018

Ostia Lido

Ostia Lido is a sea town on the Tyrrhenian Sea, near the famous archaeological park Ostia Antica, the ancient port of Rome, separated from the area of Fiumicino airport by the mouth of the Tiber River. Ostia Lido is far 27 km from the capital city. Some snapshots during a walk of weeks ago

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Feb 2, 2018

Best Rome Blogs

A list of best blogs about the Eternal City, in random order, they are all equally beautiful and very useful. Hope all these blogs can be helpful to discover more the most beautiful city in the world. Enjoy!

And if you like to come in Rome and need to book a very good hotel please check HOTEL MONTECARLO ROMA, historical three-star hotel in the city center, just a few steps from Termini Station

Jan 7, 2018

Basilica Ulpia

Basilica Ulpia is an ancient Roman civic building built between 106 AD and 113 AD and located in the Forum of Trajan, a few steps from Piazza Venezia. The Basilica Ulpia separates with the Trajan's Column the temple from the main courtyard in the Forum of Trajan to the northwest. It was named after Roman emperor Trajan whose full name was Marcus Ulpius Traianus. It became perhaps the most important basilica after two ancient ones, the Basilicas Aemilia and Julia. After its construction, much of the political life moved from the Roman Forum to the Forum of Trajan remaining so until the construction of the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine...

Jan 6, 2018

Five Top Places in Rome

Rome is really the most beautiful city in the world, a real living museum of art and history unique in all the planet. If you need a suggestion where to stay please check the website of HOTEL MONTECARLO, historical hotel since 1957 the best three-star in Rome, with services and qualities of a 4 star 

Here my suggestion also for 5 top places must see in Rome:

The Vatican is the smallest state in the world by both area and population and within it there are religious and cultural sites such as St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums. Check all my posts on this blog about the VATICAN

The Colosseum, the symbol of Rome, sited between Esquiline, Palatine and Celian Hills, one of the greatest wonders of Roman civilization. It was begun by the Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD and completed by his son, the Emperor Titus, in 80 AD. Check all my posts on this blog about the COLOSSEUM

The Trevi Fountain, the most famous fountain in the world, a real wonder, a fabulous jewel of water and stone that is nestled between the palaces of the historic centre of Rome. Check all my posts on this  blog about the TREVI FOUNTAIN

The Pantheon. This amazing ancient monument was built and rebuilt several times, first by Agrippa who began it in 27 B.C. The presente structure is the result  of an early 2nd century A.D. reconstruction by the Emperor Hadrian. The Pantheon stands on Piazza della rotonda, which is complete with obelisk and baroque  fountain. It is in an astonishing state of preservation, considering nearly two millennia of vandalism. Check all my posts on this blog about the PANTHEON

The Piazza Navona and its fabulous Fountain of the Four Rivers.  This spectacular square, the crowning glory of Rome's Baroque, is accessible only on foot. Its rectangular form, with rounded corners, echoes its original function; that of the 'stadio Domiziano' Domitian's stadium), upon which the square was built. In the center of Piazza Navona there is the amazing Fountain of the Four Rivers, built by the genial Gian Lorenzo Bernini, between 1648 and 1651. The four giant nudes that form the statue are the personification of the principal rivers of the continents known at the time: the Nile represents Africa, with its veiled head because the source of the river had yet to be discovered, the Ganges Asia, the Danube Europe and Rio de la Plata, the America. Check all my post on this blog about PIAZZA NAVONA