Dec 29, 2014

Happy 2015

Happy New Year to all the blog followers!

Best wishes especially to Laurence from Paris and Mme Francine & Mr Richard from Canada! And best wishes to my Japanese friends, very talented photographers, Kenji-san and Masumi-san. Thank you very much for your very kind attention and to follow this blog| Happy New Year from Rome!
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Dec 24, 2014

Fontana delle Api

Fontana delle Api (Fountain of the Bees), splendid fountain located in Piazza Barberini, in the center of Rome, where Via Veneto enters this square, sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini and completed in April, 1644.  Happy Holidays to all the blog followers!

La Fontana delle Api, in Piazza Barberini, nel cuore di Roma, angolo con Via Veneto, scolpita da Gian Lorenzo Bernini e completata nell'Aprile 1644. Buone Feste a tutti i lettori del blog!

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Dec 17, 2014

Roman Forum

View of the amazing Roman Forum days ago. Once the heart of the Roman empire, this mass ruins is an epic landscape that seems gripped by the ghosts of an ancient civilitazion

Dec 13, 2014

Rome at night

Video with some Black & White pictures taken during this year of Rome by night. At night the eternal city is really charming, so magic, beautiful, unique in all world

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Dec 10, 2014

Roman Holidays

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Dec 9, 2014

Termini Station

09 December, 2014. The Christmas tree in front of Termini station. Here in Rome it's recently tradition put on this tree little pieces of paper of wishes with good luck for the New Year

09 December, 2014. L'albero di Natale alla stazione Termini. Qui a Roma è recente tradizione mettere sull'albero piccoli biglietti con gli auguri di buona fortuna per il Nuovo Anno

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Dec 8, 2014

Christmas in Rome

08 December 2014, the majestic Colosseum at night. It's started the Christmas tree tradition in Rome

Dec 4, 2014

Borgia's Palace

Walking along Via Cavour you can admire the "Arch of Borgia's Palace", a magnificent medieval building dated 14th century

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Dec 2, 2014

Museo Ostiense

Roman statues to the Ostiense Museum in Ostia Antica, the ancient harbour of Imperial Rome. The Museum is housed on the ground floor of a building dating back to the 15th century, known as "Casone del Sale" (Big House of Salt), as it is linked to the exploitation of the nearby salt marshes by the papal government. The building features a neoclassical façade. During the sixties of the 19th century this structure was adapted by Pius IX to become a museum. Today it serves as a museum and an office space from where the excavation work are directed

The central hall of the museum is dedicated to the Roman portraiture. On the entrance wall a votive statue in heroic nudity is exhibited: it is a portrait statue of C. Cartilius Poplicola, one of the leading figures in Ostia during the first century BC. This statue was originally placed in the pronaos of the Temple of Hercules. On the left side of this hall there are portraits of Agrippa, Augustus and Marciana, as well as the statue of Trajan, found in the Schola del Traiano, and his posthumous portrait, considered one of the masterpieces of Roman portraiture, found in one of the tabernae of the theater. The Empress Sabina is represented in two statues, one of which was found in the so-called Collegio degli Augustali. On the other side, a towering statue of Julia Procula, found in a tomb at Isola Sacra, dominates the right wall of the room

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Dec 1, 2014


This bagpipe player (in Italian, Zampognaro), who plays his instrument around the streets of the city, dressed as shepherds, is one of the traditions of Rome. Around Christmas time we can find many of them in the historic centre. Traditionally, the Zampognari, shepherds turned pilgrims, came from the region of Abruzzo and began their rounds very early in the morning. They moved in pairs, obeying an ancient ritual, filling the air with their seasonal melodies in the days running up to 25 December. During this period, when the faithful were subject to prohibitions and penances to ready themselves for the religious ceremonies, only the zampognari were allowed to play music. They played morning and evening for nine days without stop, then just as they had suddenly appeared, they suddenly disappeared, mysteriously returning the following year.
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Lo zampognaro è il suonatore di zampogna, uno strumento musicale arcaico a fiato diffuso in Italia centro-meridionale. La zampogna (da non confondere con la cornamusa diffusa nel nord Italia e in altre regioni europee) è uno strumento tradizionale caratterizzato dalla presenza di più canne sonore (chanter).
Le regioni dove è tradizionalmente presente la zampogna sono: Lazio (province di Frosinone e Latina), Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicilia.
Comunemente con il termine di zampognari si definiscono quei musicisti o figuranti che con l'arrivo del Natale (in particolare durante il periodo della Novena dell'Immacolata Concezione e del Natale), percorrono le vie cittadine, in abiti tipici, suonando motivi natalizi tradizionali, quali ad esempio Tu scendi dalle stelle di Sant'Alfonso Maria de' Liguori. Generalmente gli zampognari suonano in coppia, uno la zampogna vera e propria ed un altro la ciaramella o altri strumenti a fiato e tradizionalmente si tratta di pastori o contadini che si trasferiscono temporaneamente in città per il periodo natalizio.
La "coppia" di zampognari rappresenta anche una presenza fissa del presepe e in particolare del presepe napoletano, dove generalmente trova posto nelle immediate vicinanze della "capanna" o "grotta" della Sacra Famiglia

Se è vero che la zampogna nei grandi centri urbani si usa solo nel periodo natalizio, in ambito rurale/pastorale questa accompagna tutti gli accadimenti dell'anno. Oggi l'impiego della zampogna e degli zampognari in ambito rurale (processioni, rituali, feste e balli) è praticato in Campania (provincia di Salerno), Basilicata, Calabria, Sicilia (provincia di Messina) Abruzzo.
È importante ricordare come, in seguito alla migrazione dal sud verso l'industriale nord, oggi in grandi città come Milano si trovano zampognari (di diverse provenienze) che mantengono viva la tradizione sia esecutiva, sia costruttiva.
La presenza della zampogna - come tale - in altre regioni d'Italia è dovuta alla passione di alcuni musicisti di altre regioni che l'hanno fatta propria, ma non è espressione di tipicità ne di tradizione. Discorso diverso per i vari tipi di cornamusa tipici dell'Italia nord-occidentale, dove i rispettivi suonatori assumono altre denominazione locali: "cornamusaro", müsetta nelle Quattro province, suonatore di "piva" nel parmense o di "baghèt" nella bergamasca.
(Da Wikipedia)
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Nov 30, 2014

Best Rome Photo 2014

All my best pictures of Rome taken during this year, 2014. Please don't miss to visit the facebook page of Hotel Montecarlo Roma, the best three star hotel in the Eternal City, a page where every day I post interesting stuff to know more this amazing city. Thanks always for your very kind attention and for continuing to follow this photo blog

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Nov 25, 2014

Arch of Constantine

The magnificent Arch of Constantine at night, close to the Colosseum. Built in 315 AD, it's a triumphal arch commemorating the victory of Constantine against Maxentius which has taken place three years previously. Friezes and statues have been brought here from earlier monuments. Among there are the statues taken from Trajan Forum and depicting Dacian prisoners

Il magnifico Arco Costantino di notte, accanto al Colosseo. Costruito nel 315 d.C., è un arco trionfale che celebra la vittoria di Costantino su Massenzio, avvenuta tre anni prima. Fregi e statue provengono da monumenti precedenti; tra questi le statue prelevate dal Foro di Traiano e raffiguranti prigionieri Daci

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Nov 24, 2014

Ostia Antica

A little village on the coast of Tyrrhenian Sea, far 27 km from Rome, located very close the mouth of Tiber river. Originally it was named  Gregoriopolis but now just Borghetto (village) of Ostia Antica

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Nov 23, 2014


The charm of Rome at night. The majestic Colosseum, symbol of Imperial Rome, and the largest amphi-theatre ever constructed in antiquity

Il fascino notturno di Roma. Il magnifico Colosseo, simbolo della Roma Imperiale, e il più grande anfiteatro mai costruito nell'antichità

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Nov 22, 2014

Basilica S. Giovanni in Laterano

Video about Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano. The St. John's Lateran Archbasilica is Rome's cathedral where the pope comes to celebrate Mass on certain holidays and officiates in his capacity as bishop of Rome. Built in AD 314 by Constantine on land originally owned from the wealthy patrician family of the Laterani, it has suffered the vicissitudes of Rome, forcing it to be rebuilt many times. Only fragmented parts of the original baptistry remain. Vandals, earthquakes and fires damaged the original and successive constructions but, finally, in 1646, Pope Innocent X commissioned Borromini to rebuilt the church, and it's Borromini's rather cool, tense Baroque interior that you see today. The towering facade dates from 1736 and was modeled on that of St. Peter's Basilica. The 15 colossal statues (Christ, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist and the 12 Apostles of the church) look out on the sea of dreary suburbs that have spread from Porta San Giovanni to the lower slopes of the Alban Hills