Apr 30, 2017

Cats Lifestyle: No Stress

Time spent with cats is never wasted”—Sigmund Freud

The relaxing lifestyle of cats, so no stress | 30 April 2017



Apr 28, 2017

Remember

You are remembered for the rules you break”  ― Douglas MacArthur

The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones” ― William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

Apr 27, 2017

Inspirational quotes

"You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing" - Dale Carnegie

"The secret of achievement is to hold a picture of a successful outcome in the mind" - Thoreau

"That which you persist in doing becomes easier to do. Not that the nature of the thing itself has changed, but that your ability to do it has increased!" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become" - Buddha

"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Nothing is so powerful as an idea whose time has come" - Victor Hugo

Somewhere in Ostia Antica, on the Tyrrhenian Coast, far 25 km from Rome | April 2017

Apr 26, 2017

Redhead

Once in his life, every man is entitled to fall madly in love with a gorgeous redhead
― Lucille Ball

From the famous keyhole  on the gate to the headquarters of the Knights of Malta on Rome's Aventine Hill

Apr 25, 2017

Colosseum. An Icon

The Colosseum is the most visited monument in the world but also a place that has undergone many transformations until getting to be almost a pop icon.

Until 07 January 2018 the exhibition is promoted by the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo e l’area archeologica centrale di Roma and traces the history of the monument.

(From Turismo Roma)



Apr 24, 2017

Chiesa di Sant'Aurea

The Basilica of Santa Aurea is a church situated in the Ostia Antica district of Ostia, Italy. Ostia became an episcopal see as early as the 3rd century AD. The present-day church, completed in 1483, it was the seat of the suburbicarian diocese of Ostia until 1966, when Ostia became part of the diocese of Rome.

The church was built at the end of the 15th century by order of the French cardinal Guillaume d'Estouteville, and was completed by Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere (the future Pope Julius II). The actual construction was entrusted to Baccio Pontelli, who had also built the neighboring fortress.

It is uncertain whether the church was built over a pre-existing Paleochristian church, but according to tradition, the patron saint of Ostia, the martyr Saint Aurea, was buried near the present-day location of the church. According to tradition, the relics of Saint Monica, mother of Augustine of Hippo, rested at this early church of Santa Aurea before being translated to Rome to the church of San Trifone in Posterula and finally to the Basilica di Sant'Agostino. The relics of St. Asterius of Ostia are enshrined at Santa Aurea.

The inside of the basilica contains a single nave, and the church is illuminated by a rose window and double lancet windows dating from the 15th century. The church contains a chapel dedicated to Saint Monica, which contains a sepulchral stone re-discovered in the summer of 1945 that contains a funerary epigraph written by Anicius Bassus. The fragment was discovered after two boys were digging a hole to plant a football post in the courtyard beside Santa Aurea.

The chapel contains a painting by Pietro da Cortona called the Ecstasy of Saint Monica (Estasi di santa Monica). The apse is dedicated with frescoes of the 16th century. The basilica, center of a parish dating from the Paleochristian age, has been a titulus since the 12th century.

(From Wikipedia)


Apr 23, 2017

Cat fellings

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not” — Ernest Hemingway



Apr 22, 2017

Via Montebello

Montebello is a street in Rome and was named so because of two battles: in that of 1800 the French army under Jean Lannes defeated an Austrian army. That of 1859, part of the Austro-Sardinian War, was a victory of the armies of France and Savoy, again over the Austrians







Apr 21, 2017

The Fireman

"If Prometheus was worthy of the wrath of heaven for kindling the first fire upon earth, how ought all the gods honor the men who make it their professional business to put it out?"  - John Godfrey Saxe


Apr 20, 2017

Via S. Martino della Battaglia

This street in Rome is named "Via San Martino della Battaglia" because of the15th Century Battle of San Martino in Italy that was part of an ongoing conflict between two city states, the Venetians under Berterelli and the Florentines under Giovanni, in 1482. That battle was fought in swirling mists and, owing to their superior tactics, went the way of the Venetians.

In 1859, during the Italian Risorgimento – the Second Italian War of Independence, – there was another greater battle here, more commonly called the Battle of Solferino or the Battle of Solferino and San Martino (it was that portion of the struggle, which was fought out between Benedek (Austrian 8th Corps, on the right flank) and the Piedmontese army, that is sometimes called the battle of San Martino - Benedek's corps held its own all day and covered the retreat of the defeated Austrian army, at the end of the action). Solferino was the largest battle since that at Leipzig in 1813. As a result of their defeat, the Austrians lost their grip on the region.

The village of San Martino was renamed San Martino della Battaglia and a tower, museum and ossuary have been erected as a monument to the battle and its fallen. The site is a few kilometres to the South of Lago di Garda. Nowadays the village is a frazione (hamlet) of the comune of Desenzano del Garda (province of Brescia).

Businessman Henri Dunant was so affected by the plight of the wounded in the aftermath, that he embarked on a path that led to the formation of the Red Cross and the writing of the Geneva Convention. Each year, San Martino holds a festival to remember this battle


Apr 19, 2017

Goodbye

I wish not to tell you how I feel,
I choose silence so that you leave,
Kiss me goodbye and set me free...” 
― Sanhita Baruah

Ostia Antica (Rome), 19 April 2017

Apr 16, 2017

Raggiungere la Felicità

Dieci interessanti steps come suggerimento per raggiungere la felicità da un articolo sul mensile Millionaire  la rivista italiana per eccellenza di business più letta, il punto di riferimento in Italia per fare impresa: startup, innovazione, retail, franchising, affari e tecnologia




1 - Odia meno, ama di più



2 - Preoccupati meno, balla di più



3 - Prendi meno, dai di più



4 - Consuma meno, crea di più



5 - Incupisciti meno, sorridi di più





6 - Parla meno, ascolta di più



7 - Sii meno pauroso, osa di più



8 - Giudica meno, accetta di più


9 - Guarda meno, fai di più



10 - Discuti meno, apprezza di più

Buona Pasqua a tutti i lettori del blog



Apr 15, 2017

Obelisco di Dogali

Il Monumento ai Caduti di Dogali è un monumento celebrativo a Roma dedicato ai caduti della battaglia di Dogali, oggi situato in viale Luigi Einaudi, nei pressi delle terme di Diocleziano, a pochi metri da Piazza della Repubblica, non distante dalla stazione Termini.

Il monumento è dedicato ai caduti della colonna militare, dal tenente colonnello Tommaso Giovanni De Cristoforis e composta da 500 soldati italiani, che il 26 gennaio 1887 fu sconfitta nella battaglia di Dogali, vicino a Massaua, oggi in Eritrea, dai soldati etiopi di Ras Alula durante la conquista coloniale dell'Etiopia. Nell'episodio morirono 413 soldati e 22 ufficiali, ricordati nelle lapidi poste alla base del monumento. La sconfitta provocò alcune manifestazioni e incidenti nella capitale italiana durante i giorni successivi. La proposta di un monumento per celebrare la sconfitta italiana in una guerra coloniale fu messa in discussione da alcuni intellettuali dell'epoca, in particolare Giosuè Carducci, che rifiutò l'offerta del sindaco romano di comporre un'ode per il monumento, e Gabriele D'Annunzio, che nel terzo capitolo del libro terzo del suo romanzo Il piacere definisce i caduti italiani come "bruti uccisi brutalmente".

Inizialmente il monumento era stato alzato nel 1887 dall'architetto Francesco Azzurri davanti la Stazione Termini, poi spostato nel 1925 nella collocazione odierna nei giardini di Viale Einaudi, davanti alle terme di Diocleziano, per il rifacimento della stazione ferroviaria. L'8 maggio 1937, anniversario della proclamazione dell'Impero italiano alla fine della guerra d'Etiopia, fu aggiunto anche la statua del Leone di Giuda, poi restituita al governo etiope nel 1960. Anche a Dogali esiste un monumento che commemora la caduta dei soldati italiani. Dal 1916 anche la piazza antistante la Stazione Termini è dedicata ai 500 caduti di Dogali, Piazza dei Cinquecento.

Il monumento è costituito da un obelisco, uno dei tredici oggi presenti a Roma, e da un basamento che ospita sui quattro lati le lapidi con i nomi dei caduti su due colonne e raccolti secondo il grado militare di appartenenza. Il monumento è stato dedicato ufficialmente il 5 giugno 1887, in occasione della festa dello Statuto Albertino. L'opera è alta 16,92 metri nel complesso, compresa la stella sulla sommità.

L'obelisco fu realizzato durante il regno del faraone Ramsete II e collocato nella città di Eliopoli, in Egitto. In seguito fu portato a Roma dall'imperatore Domiziano, che lo fece collocare come decorazione per l'Iseo Campense, come gli obelischi del Pantheon, della Minerva e quello di Boboli (che è a Firenze). L'obelisco fu rinvenuto nel 1883 dall'archeologo Rodolfo Lanciani presso la chiesa di Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Il solo monolite è alto 6,34 metri.

(Fonte: Wikipedia)



Apr 13, 2017

Statua di Papa Giovanni Paolo II

Il Monumento a Giovanni Paolo II è una scultura realizzata da Oliviero Rainaldi.

L'opera è stata inaugurata a Roma il 18 maggio 2011 in Piazza dei Cinquecento ed è stata donata alla città da parte della Fondazione Silvana Paolini Angelucci Onlus.

Caratteristiche
La scultura il cui titolo è "Conversazioni", Omaggio a Giovanni Paolo II, misura circa 5,50 metri di altezza ed è interamente fusa in bronzo con una patina argento sfumata sul color verde. Collocata davanti alla Stazione Termini, simboleggia il concetto di protezione e accoglienza e vuole proporre un'immagine paradigmatica di San Giovanni Paolo II, testimonianza di svuotamento e donazione di se. Particolare e curiosa la scelta di non rappresentare il corpo fisico del Pontefice, che diviene invece corpo "pneumatico", colmo e sostenuto dal vento (Spirito). Una particolare attenzione è dedicata al mantello aperto, che come riferisce l'autore stesso, simboleggia l'eredità spirituale che questo Papa ha lasciato alla città di Roma e al mondo. L'opera è ispirata ad una foto scattata nel 1993 quando, durante un convegno scientifico, il Papa avvolse con il mantello un bambino che sedeva su una scalinata.

Polemiche
Non poche sono state le polemiche che si sono susseguite dopo l'inaugurazione della statua del pontefice, soprattutto in merito all'aspetto estetico, accusato di scarsa somiglianza al santo[1]. Le maggiori critiche sono pervenute dal mondo politico e cattolico; soprattutto quest'ultimo non ha tardato ad esprimere giudizi attraverso l'Osservatore Romano, quotidiano ufficiale della Città del Vaticano, nel quale si scrive e si sottolinea "esiste solo una lontana somiglianza con il Papa"[1][2] e ancora "una scultura singolare, squarciata dal vento che la fa somigliare a una tenda aperta o, come ha detto qualcuno, a una campana". Le polemiche sono state inasprite dal "giallo" riguardante una bozza del progetto originario reso pubblico dal cardinale Gianfranco Ravasi, presidente del Pontificio Consiglio della Cultura, che evidenzia una maggior somiglianza all'immagine di Karol Wojtyła.

Il 9 gennaio 2012 viene annunciato l'inizio dei lavori di completamento artistico del monumento, che prevedono una nuova testa, delle modifiche al mantello, una base di sostegno più alta di circa 30 centimetri oltre agli interventi sulla patina e sull'illuminazione, sull'area verde circostante secondo le indicazioni date dalla Commissione di esperti istituita dal Comune di Roma e condivise con l'artista Oliviero Rainaldi. Delle ulteriori spese necessarie se ne è fatta carico la Fondazione che ha donato il monumento alla città.

I lavori di risistemazione hanno rinnovato la posizione della testa e l'espressione dello sguardo, l'apertura del mantello leggermente più ripiegato su se stesso e un nuovo basamento in cemento corredato da una nuova illuminazione. La nuova inaugurazione è avvenuta il 18 novembre 2012 alla presenza dell'artista, del sindaco Gianni Alemanno, del Sovraintendente ai Beni Culturali di Roma Capitale Umberto Broccoli e di Mons. Matteo Zuppi, Vescovo Ausiliare di Roma. Per Umberto Broccoli, i ritocchi all'opera erano solo di completamento e poi c'era un problema statico, dovuto a una fessurazione all'altezza del collo, e di patina che riemergeva: la commissione ha lavorato a stretto contatto con l'artista che ha completato l'opera.

(Fonte: Wikipedia)




Apr 11, 2017

Carabinieri nella Tormenta

Monumento in bronzo "Pattuglia di Carabinieri nella Tormenta", nel Giardino di Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, nel cuore di Roma. E'una riproduzione di una precedente opera (1973) dello scultore Antonio Berti, inaugurata in occasione del Bicentenario di Fondazione dell'Arma dei Carabinieri


Apr 10, 2017

Ponte Fabricio

The Pons Fabricius (Italian: Ponte Fabricio, meaning "Fabricius' Bridge") or Ponte dei Quattro Capi, is the oldest Roman bridge in Rome, Italy, still existing in its original state. Built in 62 BC, it spans half of the Tiber River, from the Campus Martius on the east side to Tiber Island in the middle (the Pons Cestius is west of the island). Quattro Capi ("four heads") refers to the two marble pillars of the two-faced Janus herms on the parapet, which were moved here from the nearby Church of St Gregory (Monte Savello) in the 14th century.

According to Dio Cassius, the bridge was built in 62 BC, the year after Cicero was consul, to replace an earlier wooden bridge destroyed by fire. It was commissioned by Lucius Fabricius, the curator of the roads and a member of the gens Fabricia of Rome. Completely intact from Roman antiquity, it has been in continuous use ever since.

The Pons Fabricius has a length of 62 m, and is 5.5 m wide. It is constructed from two wide arches, supported by a central pillar in the middle of the stream. Its core is constructed of tuff. Its outer facing today is made of bricks and travertine.

(From Wikipedia)


Apr 9, 2017

Between Light and Shadow

"There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition" -  Rod Serling


Apr 8, 2017

Some street snapshots

Trying to do street photography in the ancient and beautiful Jewish area in Rome. This is the Portico d'Ottavia, ancient structure built by Augustus in the name of his sister, Octavia Minor, sometime after 27 BC



And here in Piazza Benedetto Cairoli, a square in the Roman Jewish Ghetto, dedicated to Benedetto Cairoli (1825 – 1889), an Italian statesman

Apr 7, 2017

San Bartolomeo all'Isola

When in Rome, don't miss to visit this interesting ancient church, named Basilica of St. Bartholomew on the Island (Italian: Basilica di San Bartolomeo all'Isola , Latin: Basilica S. Bartholomaei in Insula) is a titular minor basilica, located in Rome, Italy. It was founded at the end of the 10th century by Otto III, Holy Roman Emperor. It contains the relics of St. Bartholomew the Apostle, and is located on Tiber Island, on the site of the former temple of Aesculapius, which had cleansed the island of its former ill-repute among the Romans and established its reputation as a hospital, continued under Christian auspices today. In Roman times, the Temple of Aesculapius stood on the site of the modern church. The entire Isola Tiberina had actually been covered in marble in an effort to make the island look like a ship. The prow can still be seen today.

Emperor Otto built this church, which was initially dedicated to his friend Adalbert of Prague. It was renovated by Pope Paschal II in 1113 and again in 1180, after its rededication upon the arrival of the relics of the apostle Bartholomew. The relics were sent to Rome from Benevento, where they had arrived from Armenia in 809. The relics are located within an ancient Roman porphyry bathtub with lions' heads, under the main altar. The marble wellhead bears the figures of the Savior, Adalbert and Bartholomew and Otto III. The church was badly damaged by a flood in 1557 and was reconstructed, with its present Baroque façade, in 1624, to designs of Orazio Torriani. Further restorations were undertaken in 1852.

The interior of the church preserves fourteen ancient Roman columns and two lion supports that date from the earliest reconstruction of the basilica. The inscriptions found in S. Bartolomeo, a valuable source illustrating the history of the Basilica, have been collected and published by Vincenzo Forcella.

In 2000, San Bartolomeo was dedicated by Pope John Paul II to the memory of the new martyrs of the 20th and 21st century.

In the center of the piazzetta before the church is a four-sided guglia with saints in niches by the sculptor Ignazio Jacometti, erected here in 1869. The 12th-century tower near the church, the Torre dei Caetani, is all that remains of the medieval castello erected on the island by the Pierleoni.

San Bartolomeo houses the memorial to new martyrs of the 20th and 21st century, which was dedicated by Pope John Paul II in 2000. This memorial is taken care of by the Community of Sant'Egidio, who also painted the icon on the main altar. One of the relics that are kept as part of the memorial is the piece of rock that was used in 1984 to kill Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko...
(From Wikipedia)

Picture taken with Nikon Coolpix A | Rome, 06 April 2017

Apr 6, 2017

Chiesa SS Vincenzo e Anastasio

Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi ("Saints Vincent and Anastasius at Trevi" is a Baroque church in Rome, the capital of Italy. Built from 1646 to 1650 to the design of architect Martino Longhi the Younger and located in close proximity to the Trevi Fountain and the Quirinal Palace, for which it served as parish church, it is notable as the place where the precordia and embalmed hearts of 25 popes from Sixtus V to Leo XIII are preserved.

Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi lies on the location of a medieval church, mentioned in 962 in a bull by Pope John XII as a branch of the San Silvestro in Capite basilica as well as in 15th century records. Known as Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio since the 16th century, it was rebuilt in the Baroque style and completed in 1650. Two entablatures superimposed over the main one, all three with arched, angled or broken pediments, concentrate attention on the richly sculptural central bay of the façade's two storeys, in a theatrical composition "more curious than exemplary" that found few imitators. Its dense massing of Corinthian columns, ten in the lower order and six above make a total, with the columns flanking the finestrone of the upper tier, eighteen fully disengaged Corinthian columns, causing Roman wags to dub the façade il canneto, "the canebrake".

The church was reconstructed on the order of Cardinal Mazarin, whose triumphantly presented coat of arms and cardinal's hat, supported by angels, is the focus of the façade composition. It is rumored that Mazarin's niece, Marie Mancini, a mistress of Louis XIV of France, is also portrayed on the facade, in the central female mascaron. The sculptural portrayal of a laywoman and the support of the cardinal's ecclesiastical coat of arms by the sculptures of two barechested women make the church unique among churches in Rome.

Until the 1820s, Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi was known as the "Pontifical Parish" (Parrocchia Pontificia). The church's interior features a single nave; the altar is decorated by the painting Martyrdom of Saints Vincent and Anastasius by Francesco Pascucci. Prolific Italian illustrator and engraver Bartolomeo Pinelli (1771–1835) was buried in Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio a Trevi.

Its travertine facade has proved porous; restoration with liquid hydraulic mortar and other materials was undertaken in 1989–90 to arrest deterioration

(From Wikipedia)


Interior view with the Orthodox iconostasis and the altar | Rome, February 2017

Apr 5, 2017

Car covered with flowers

Tonight nice surprice finding to the parking lot my car covered with flower petals after a rainy afternoon

Picture taken with Huawei P9 Plus | Rome, 05 April 2017

Apr 4, 2017

Summer coming soon

Already April and summer coming soon in Rome. This is Piazza della Repubblica, semi-circular square, a few steps from Termini station, and in its center you can admire the Fountain of Naiads, inaugurated in 1914, the most beautiful modern fountain in the Eternal City 


Apr 3, 2017

Work with love

"Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy" - Khalil Gibran


Apr 2, 2017

End of the Night

You can lose your way groping among the shadows of the past” ― Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night


Apr 1, 2017

The Mist

Tonight on the way home I'm so amazed by this surreal mist that reminds me very much an interesting horror novel by Stephen King, titled The Mist