Oct 31, 2014

October 31, 2014

From "Smoke", an American independent film (1995) directed by Wayne Wang and Paul Auster. In the movie, Harvey Keitel plays Auggie, the owner of a small cigar store in Brooklyn, New York, and also an amateur photographer with a personal project: for the past 14 years he has taken one photo a day from the street corner outside his store. Everyday. One day Auggie talks to his friend, Paul, about his hobby showing all his works, thousands and thousands of pictures taken in the same place. Paul scanning the pages and doesn't understand because all them look alike. But Auggie says "You'll never get it if you don't slow down" and explains "People say you have to travel to see the world but, sometimes, I think that if you just stay in one place and keep your eyes open, you're going to see just about all that you can handle." It's all a matter of slowing down, being in present time and observing what is in front of you, in the everyday life

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Oct 30, 2014


Monuments dedicated to the first Italian statesmen around the historic "Palazzo delle Finanze", the first ministerial palace and the first ministry of Italian government, built between 1872 and 1881, after the Italian unification, where there is the Ministry of Economy and Finances, also known by the acronym as MEF.
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Monumenti dedicati ai primi statisti italiani attorno al "Palazzo delle Finanze", il primo palazzo ministeriale e primo ministero assoluto del governo italiano, costruito tra il 1872 e il 1881, dopo l'unificazione dell'Italia, sede del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze, anche conosciuto con l'acronimo MEF.
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Dédié à mon visiteur, Monsieur Ange, de Ardèche

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Oct 29, 2014

Night Rome

Night scenery of the best three star hotel in Rome. On our facebook page you can find interesting information, news and pictures about the Eternal City

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Oct 28, 2014


When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race (H.G. Wells)

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Oct 24, 2014

Elegant standard

The elegant standard of our hotel. Although if I can not update often this blog (sorry, busy period) you can visit the facebook page of Hotel Montecarlo Roma where to find daily posts, interesting information, news, pictures and curiosity about Rome. Thank you all always for your very kind attention and time to read and follow this blog. Stay tuned here, many photos and projects coming soon

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Oct 20, 2014


Following the Egyptian fashion, many ancient Romans used to built their tombs as pyramids, but this is the only survivor. It was made to form part of the defensive wall around the city. This 12 BC edifice remains a truly imposing monument to the wealthy Tribune of the People for whom it eas built. It stands 36 m (118 ft) high and took 330 days to erect, according to an inscription carved into its stones. Unlike Egyptian originals, however, it was built of brick then covered with marble, which was the typically pragmatic, Roman way of doing thing

Oct 19, 2014

Castel Sant'Angelo

The Mausoleum of Hadrian, usually known as Castel Sant'Angelo, is a towering cylindrical building in Rome, initially commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a mausoleum for himself and his family. The building was later used by the popes as a fortress and castle, and is now a museum. The Castel was once the tallest building in Rome

Oct 18, 2014

Saint Bernard

Three Fountains Abbey in Rome. Statue of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153), French abbot and the primary builder of the reforming Cistercian order
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Three Fountains Abbey

Abbazia delle Tre Fontane di Roma. Statua di San Bernardo di Chiaravalle (1090-1153), padre dell'Ordine Benedettino dei Cistercensi
San Bernardo di Chiaravalle   
San Bernardo di Chiaravalle
Abbazia Tre Fontane

Oct 17, 2014

Roman Portraits

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

Il Museo Ostiense è allestito al piano terra di un edificio che esisteva sin dal Quattrocento ed era noto come “Casone del Sale”, in quanto collegato allo sfruttamento da parte del governo pontificio delle vicine saline. L'edificio, con facciata neoclassica, fu adattato da Pio IX negli anni sessanta dell'ottocento a museo ed ospita oggi anche la Direzione degli Scavi di Ostia antica

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

La sala centrale del Museo è dedicata alla ritrattistica romana ed espone sulla parete d'ingresso la grande statua votiva in nudità eroica di Cartilio Poplicola (I sec.a.C.), uno dei personaggi più importanti della storia di Ostia, che in origine era collocata nel pronao del Tempio di Ercole. Sulla sinistra spiccano invece i ritratti di Agrippa, Augusto, Marciana, la statua di Traiano, dalla Schola del Traiano, e il suo ritratto postumo, considerato uno dei capolavori della ritrattistica di epoca romana, rinvenuta in una taberna del teatro. L'imperatrice Sabina è rappresentata in due statue, di cui una viene dal Collegio degli Augustali, mentre, sulla destra, la grande statua di Iulia Procula, proveniente da un sepolcro dell'Isola Sacra domina la parete destra della sala

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Oct 15, 2014


Today some snapshots along the streets of Ostia, sea town far 25 km from Rome, my town, nothing of important to say or show,  just a shooting exercise, trying to catch the unusual in the usual everyday life.
Ostia (Rome), 15 October 2014

Oct 13, 2014

Baths of Diocletian

The Baths of Diocletian are the most imposing thermal complex ever built in Rome. Erected between 298 and 306 CE, they spanned more than 13 hectares and could accommodate up to 3000 people at the same time, within a structure consisting of a series of environments such as gymnasia, libraries, a swimming pool of more than 3500 square metres and those rooms that were the heart of every thermal complex: the frigidarium (cold bath), the tepidarium (lukewarm bath) and the calidarium (hot bath). It was precisely these latter spacious rooms the ones converted by Michelangelo into the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels and the Christian Martyrs: in the other environments arose the Carthusian Monastery, conceived by the artist himself. Original seat of the Museo Nazionale Romano (National Roman Museum) since its institution in 1889, the Baths and the Charterhouse are currently undergoing a restoration process that has thus far permitted the reopening of a part of the monumental complex and of the two sections of such a composite museum, the Section of Proto-history of the Latin Peoples and the Epigraphic Section, this one pertaining to Written Communication in the Roman World. Besides the exhibition, visitors can enjoy, therefore, the sumptuous and imposing Aula Decima, wherein are exhibited the big tomb of the Platorini and two chamber tombs, decorated with frescoes and stuccoes, originally from the Necropolis of the Via Portuensis. It is then possible to have a stroll in the large Michelangelo's Cloister of the Charter house, which today is an unexpected haven of peace and silence despite being only a few steps from the bustling Termini Train Station; in it are on display more than 400 artworks such as statues, reliefs, altars, sarcophagi, all coming from the Roman environs

Erette tra il 298 e il 306 d.C., avevano un'estensione di oltre 13 ettari e potevano accogliere fino a 3000 persone contemporaneamente, in un percorso che si snodava tra palestre, biblioteche, una piscina di oltre 3500 metri quadrati e gli ambienti che costituivano il cuore di ogni impianto termale: il frigidarium, il tepidarium e il calidarium. Proprio queste ampie sale furono trasformate da Michelangelo per la realizzazione della Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri Cristiani: negli altri ambienti delle Terme sorse, ideato dallo stesso artista, il Convento dei Certosini. Sede originaria del Museo Nazionale Romano fin dalla sua istituzione nel 1889, le Terme e la Certosa sono oggetto di un processo di restauro che ha finora permesso la riapertura di una parte del complesso monumentale e di due sezioni espositive di un articolato museo, la Sezione di Protostoria dei Popoli Latini e quella Epigrafica sulla Comunicazione Scritta nel Mondo Romano. Il visitatore può dunque, oltre al percorso museale di visita, godere anche della sontuosa e imponente Aula Decima, all'interno della quale sono esposte la grande tomba dei Platorini e due tombe a camera provenienti dalla Necropoli della via Portuense con affreschi e stucchi; è poi possibile passeggiare nel grande Chiostro Michelangiolesco della Certosa, oggi inattesa oasi di pace e silenzio a pochi passi dall'affollatissima stazione Termini, dove sono esposte più di 400 opere tra statue, rilievi, altari, sarcofagi provenienti dal territorio romano

Oct 12, 2014


Founded on the hills which dominate "St. Paul's Basilica outside of the walls", this amazing quarter, has its name according to Roman legend, from the name given to the owner of a tavern, or according to a more scientific theory, it stems from a type of grapevine farming (leaning the grapevines against the maple and elm trees) used on the hills. The "Garbatella" quarter came into existence in 1920 as a low income area destined to house workers of the expected "industrialized zone" of Ostiense. It is characterized by small houses and apartments, divided into parcels and structured with large internal green courtyards and gardens, which were created as a meeting place for the residents, recalling the English model for a Garden City. Like a village within the city, the architects had inadvertently created a natural setting. In fact this very location has been the backdrop of numerous movies

Fondato sui colli che dominano la Basilica di San Paolo Fuori Le Mura, secondo l'immancabile leggenda romana, questo quartiere incredibile prenderebbe il nome dall'appellativo dato alla proprietaria di un'osteria o, secondo un'ipotesi più scientifca, dal tipo di coltivazione della vite ("a barbaya" oppure "a garbatella", cioè "appoggiando" le viti ad alberi di acero o olmo) in uno su detti colli. La "Garbatella" nasce nel 1920 come quartiere popolare destinato ad ospitare gli operai della prevista "zona industriale" dell'Ostiense, ed è caratterizzata da villini e palazzine divisi in lotti e strutturati, con ampi spazi verdi interni come piazze, cortili e giardini che dovevano fungere da punto di ritrovo per la popolazione riprendendo il modello inglese delle Città Giardino. Un paese all'interno della città; gli architetti, senza volerlo, avevano creato un set naturale. Infatti, fin da sempre, questo quartiere è stata la location di molti film

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Oct 10, 2014