Jul 31, 2014

Theatre of Marcellus

The amazing Teatro di Marcello (Theatre of Marcellus), begun by Julio Caesar, was finished by Augustus who dedicated it to his nephew and heir, Marcello, who died at only 19 years old in 23 BC. The theatre had accommodation for 15.000 spectators. Trough the centuries it passed through many hands and has been the victim of numerous numerous building speculations, especially during the Middle Ages (XII-XIII centuries)

Jul 29, 2014

Fountain of the Tritons

The Fountain of the Tritons (started in 1610) in front of the Basilica Santa Maria in Cosmedin, where there is the famous Bocca della Verità (Mouth of True). Behind you can admire the ancient Temple of Hercules Victor (built in the 2nd century BC)

Jul 26, 2014

Forever

We get bored sometimes in Rome on the second month but never the sixth and, if we remain until the twelfth, we are taken by the idea of settling there  (Stendhal - Walks in Rome)

Jul 25, 2014

Circus Maximus

In the center of the Circus Maximus, the ancient Roman chariot racing stadium, probably built in 329 BC. The total number of seats is uncertain, but was probably in the order of 250,000. Currently it's the site for important music's events in Rome like the recently Rolling Stones concert of last month


Jul 24, 2014

In Praise of Beauty

"In Praise of Beauty", exhibition in the archeological area of Ostia Antica and in the Excavation Museum by the Italian sculptor, Francesco Messina (1900-1995)

"Elogio della Bellezza" mostra nell'area archeologica di Ostia Antica e nel Museo degli Scavi dello scultore italiano, Francesco Messina (1900-1995)








Jul 22, 2014

Ostia Antica

The name "Ostia" derives from "Ostium", mouth of the river. Founded by the Quirites (the earliest name of the citizens of Ancient Rome) who sought a natural outlet to the sea, it was the first Roman colony and the first river port in Italy. It underwent huge economic and demographic development, above all during the Imperial Age. It became the ideal site for an enterprising middle class dedicated to production and trade. In 1575, a flood altered the course of the Roman's sacred river by about two kilometers and from that moment on it curved in a northerly direction. Founded in the 4th century BC, Ostia's decline began in the 3rd century AD, coming out to a head in the 5th century AD. Little by little it was abandoned and by the 9th century AD the population had finally migrated to Gregoriopolis, nearby fortified village




Jul 19, 2014

Jul 18, 2014

Square Colosseum

In Rome we have a second Colosseum: the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana also known as Square Colosseum. It was constructed as part of the program of the Esposizione Universale Roma, a large business center and suburban complex, initiated in 1935 for the planned 1942 world exhibition and as a symbol of fascism for the world. The Palazzo was designed by the architects Giovanni Guerrini, Ernesto Bruno La Padula and Mario Romano and constructed between 1938 and 1943. It was inaugurated on 30 November 1940 as the centerpiece of the Esposizione and continues to be its most iconic building. The structure is also considered one of the most representative examples of Fascist architecture at the EUR, the residential and business district in Rome, originally chosen in 1930s as the site for the 1942 world's fair which Mussolini planned to open to celebrate twenty years of Fascism,  the letters EUR standing for Esposizione Universale Roma. The project was originally called E42 after the year in which the exhibition was planned to be held. EUR was also designed to direct the expansion of the city towards the south-west and the sea, and to be a new city centre for Rome. The planned exhibition never took place due to World War II


Jul 14, 2014

San Camillo de Lellis

14 Luglio 2014, celebrazione del quarto centenario di San Camillo de Lellis morto in questo giorno, del 1614 .Qui di seguito il sito della parrocchia con altre foto: Basilica San Camillo de Lellis






Jul 13, 2014

Quiet night

Very quiet moment around the Colosseum during the Final World Cup 2014, Germany vs Argentina


Jul 9, 2014

Secret Garden

 This garden of an ancient palace, here in Rome, reminds me some novels of Haruki Murakami or Stephen King, misterious places frozen in time


Jul 7, 2014

Coppedè

The entrance of a suggestive and unusual district in Rome, a complex of amazing buildings named "Quartiere Coppedè". There are eighteen buildings and twenty-seven palaces designed, in the early 1900s, by the genial architect Gino Coppedè (1866 - 1927) following a fantastic Liberty style. This picture shows the arch at the entrance of this place, unique in all the world





Jul 6, 2014

Aventine Hill

Aventine Hill, the most southerly of Rome's seven hills, a splendid elegant and contemplative part of town, with  many old charming streets and gardens where to enjoy relaxing promenades. The most atmospheric street on Aventine is Via Santa Sabina, where you'll find a number of medieval churches, including the magnificent Basilica di Santa Sabina and a beautiful walled orange garden, the Parco Savello. Like Gianicolo (Janiculum Hill) and Pincio (Pincium Hill), Aventine Hill is the best location in Rome for a breathtaking view of the innumerable domes and bell towers that pierce the skyline of the multi-hued architectural museum. Pictures taken a few days ago. Dedicated to Mme Laurence. Dedicated also to my friend and mentor on photography, Dr Shlomo Lee Abrahmov recently passed away. Here Shlomo's blog: http://chromeyellow.blogspot.it/




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Jul 2, 2014

Basilica S. Maria degli Angeli

This hulking basilica occupies what was once the central hall of Diocletian's baths complex. It was originally designed by Michelangelo but only the great vaulted ceiling remains from his plans. Today the chief attraction is the 18th-century double meridian in the transept, one tracing the polar star and the other telling the precise time of the sun's zenith (sunlight enters through a hole to the right of the window above the entrance to the church's right wing). Until 1846, this sundial was used to regulate all Rome's clocks



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