Archive for category: Suggested itineraries to explore Rome

Reopening Fontana di Trevi

08 Nov
November 8, 2015

 

Ph. by Katie Belle source Flickr

Ph. by Katie Belle source Flickr

The restoration of the Trevi Fountain brings to an end. It began in June 2014, fully financed by the fashion house Fendi and saw 26 restorers of the superintendent for Cultural Heritage of Rome Capital working hard. During all these months of maintenance and renovation, it was possible to watch the restoration project, thanks to the walkaways and the Plexiglas panels, which allowed tourists and visitors to access the fountain. The eighteenth-century masterpiece of Nicola Salvi, reopened permanently on November 3.

 

www.restaurofontanaditrevi.it

Text by Mary Di Giamberardino

Caravaggio

18 Oct
October 18, 2015
Caravaggio-by-Francisco-Antunes-

Ph. credit Caravaggio-by-Francisco-Antunes-

With a walk through the streets of Roma you will discover te masterpieces of the great artist Michelangelo Merisi, known as Caravaggio.

Starting at Galleria Borghese, you can see six of his paintings: the early work Fanciullo con Canestro di Frutta (Boy with a Basket of Fruit, 1593-94) and Bacchino malato (young sick Bacchus, 1593-94). His Madonna dei Palafrenieri (1605-06) had been conceived for the altar of Archconfraternity of the Papal Grooms but they rejected it and later it was acquired by the nephew of Pope Paul V Borghese. David con la testa di Golia (David with the head of Goliath, 1605-06) made for Cardinal Scipione Borghese as a sign of gratitude for his help with the judiciary troubles the artist had. Then, the Ritratto di Papa Paolo V (Portrait of Pope Paul V, 1605-06).

 

Casino Ludovisi is the place where Caravaggio in the Alchemist chamber created the only ceiling paintings known by him. The Giove Nettuno e Plutone are painted with oil on the plaster  .

 

After that you can visit Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Palazzo Barberini where the paintings Decapitazione di Oloferne (Judith Beheading Holofernes) and Il Narciso (Narcissus). This last one is today, after long debates and a restoration, clearly attributed to Caravaggio.

 

Galleria Doria Pamphilj hosts Il Riposo dalla fuga in Egitto (Rest on the Flight into Egypt) which depicts an angel playing the violin to the Holy Family during their flight into Egypt and is the masterpiece of the early period of the artist, as well as La Maddalena (Repentant Magdalene).

 

In Pinacoteca Capitolina two paintings can be admired: Buona Ventura (Diviner) probably created for Cardinal Del Monte and San Giovanni Battista (John the Baptist)

 

Also in the magnificent Vatican Museums there is one of the most famous works to see: Deposizione di Cristo (The Entombment of Christ), painted in the years 1602-04.

 

Eventually, the churches in Rome where you can admire the artist’s works. Aboveall, San Luigi dei Francesi. Between 1599 and 1600 the painter hanging paintings Vocazione di San Matteo (calling of Matthew) and Martirio di San Matteo created the two in the Contarelli Chapel (Martyrdom of St. Matthew). Here the artist interpreted in a very personal way a Maltendenz the Counter-Reformation, which focused on the worship of martyrs. In the Church, the second version of the altarpiece of San Matteo e l’angelo (Matthew and the Angel) can be seen. A first version was rejected by the Congregation and have therefore been removed from the church.

 

In the Church of Sant’Agostino, above the altar of the first chapel on the left, the Cavaletti Chapel, the Madonna dei Pellegrini  (Pilgrim Madonna or Madonna of Loreto).

 

In the end, Santa Maria del Popolo. Left of the main altar in the Cerasi Chapel, hanging next to the altarpiece of Annibale Carracci two famous paintings of Caravaggio: Conversione di San Paolo (Conversion of St. Paul) and Crocifissione di San Pietro (Crucifixion of St. Peter).

 

 

Viaggio nell’antica Roma con Piero Angela

20 Sep
September 20, 2015
Fori by night Source Flickr author Stefano Pellicciari

Fori by night Source Flickr author Stefano Pellicciari

“Viaggio nei Fori”, l’interessante iniziativa ideata da Piero Angela e Paco Lanciani e promossa da Zètema, è una delle attrazioni di maggior successo degli ultimi tempi a Roma.

Avvalendosi di effetti speciali e tecnologie all’avanguardia, vengono raccontati i due Fori: quello di Augusto e quello di Cesare, cercando di valorizzare i due siti archeologici attraverso ricostruzioni dal grande valore storico e scientifico; a partire dalla storia degli scavi, passando per le rievocazioni della vita che si conduceva oltre duemila anni fa nei Fori.

Fino al 1° Novembre 2015, tutte le sere alle ore 21:00 – 22:00 – 23:00

Per info e prenotazioni: www.viaggioneifori.it

Piazza Navona

07 Aug
August 7, 2015

Perhaps the most famous baroque square in Rome, built in the late 17th century by Pope Innocent X° Pamphilji, on the site of the stadium that the emperor Domitian had built in the first century and which perfectly preserves the shape of the arena. The stadium was meant for athletic competitions, which the Romans called Agones, hence the old name ‘Circus Agonalis’, which could accommodate 30,000 spectators. Later the name of the place that was named ‘in agone’ and then for corruption ‘Navona‘.

Piazza Navona

During the middle ages the piazza had no particular relevance for Romans’ life, whereas starting from the Renaissance it became very popular thanks to the transfer of the daily market, selling vegetables, meat and much more. It became a meeting point of selling and soon also of celebrations and processions.

The Spaniards of the Church of San Giacomo (now the Church of our Lady of the Sacred Heart) were the first at introducing the procession of Easter morning, and very soon all the celebrations which up to that moment had taken place between Testaccio, via del Corso and many other sites in the city, moved to Piazza Navona.

Moreover, at the end of sixth century, Pope Gregory XIII Boncompagni wanted the fountains that adorn the two ends of the square to be placed there, the fountain of the Moor and the fountain of Neptune, both designed by Giacomo Della Porta, as well as a trough.

But the true luck of the square was the advent of Pope Innocent X Pamphilji in the mid 1600 who started a real reconstruction. At first he commissioned the architect Girolamo Rainaldi to build the family Palace, now the Embassy of Brazil, back in time house of one of the most famous and powerful women in Rome: the ‘Pimpaccia’ — Donna Olimpia Maidalchini, wife of the brother of the Pope, soon widow who gained the trust of the Pope and became so wealthy to become the mistress of the city.

His greatest credit was to convince the Pope Innocent X to commission Gian Lorenzo Bernini the fountain of the four rivers, still the most famous monument of the square along with the Church of Sant’Agnese in Agone by Francesco Borromini, built on the site of the martyrdom of a young Christian, and many others like her who lost their lives during the persecution of the Empire of Domitian, in his own stadium.

Piazza Navona Summer time

Piazza Navona Summer time

Piazza Navona balconies

Piazza Navona balconies

After the glorious Baroque, Piazza Navona became one of the most popular places in Rome. In 1870 it was paved with the famous ‘cobblestones’.

Today it is still a place for people to meet, with many artists who daily exhibit and sell their works, but also-and above all-with the Christmas market and the feast of the Epiphany, with the historic ‘Befana’ that everyone waits on the night of January 6.

 

Stadio di Domiziano

Una vista dello Stadio di Domiziano

Text by Mary Di Giamberardino

Neighborhood Coppedè

02 Jun
June 2, 2015
Coppedé by gabriele82 Mincio Circus by www.flickr.com

Coppedé by gabriele82 Mincio Circus by www.flickr.com

Among the less known treasures in Rome, in the Trieste district, where it belongs, there is a very peculiar place, the so-called, Quartiere Coppedè, named after its architect Gino Coppedè (1866-1927).

After being already famous for the Mackenzie Castle in Genoa in a Tuscan Reinassance style, he moved to Rome in 1915 to give life to the most original artistical-architectural experiment in the first decade of 1900.

He could easily combine Liberty and Art Nouveau, going from Middle Ages to Reinassance, through mythology and Chatolic religiousness, using as well elements from the ancient roman architecture to please the customers who clearly had demanded it.

The result is not to be missed, a fantastic and totally an achronistic atmosphere. A walk to experiment the sensation of being part of a film set.

Coppedé by gabriele82 Mincio Circus by www.flickr.com

Coppedé by gabriele82 Mincio Circus by www.flickr.com

 

Vatican Museum: evening opening on Friday till October 30th

21 May
May 21, 2015
Vatican by user Edwin11, www.flickr.com

Vatican by user Edwin11, www.flickr.com

It’s been some years now that the Vatican Museums have been open, exceptionally at night, every Friday. The opportunity of a night visit from the 24th of April till the 30th of October (except August), from 19:00 till 23:00, latest entrance at 21:30.

After the buffet aperitif in the courtyard of the Pigna, included in the entrance fee, the tour starts: Pio-Clementino museum, the Egyptian museum, the galleries, the Raphael Rooms, some rooms of the Borgia Apartment, the Collection of Modern Religious Art, the Sistine Chapel.

This is a unique opportunity not only for tourists but also for locals, who can admire palaces and courtyards from sunset on, in a different way, under the beautiful sky of Roma.

Online reservation on the official website of the Vatican is required.

Vatican Museum

 

Undergrounds of Rome

13 May
May 13, 2015

Over two thousand of years of Roman History can be tracked back in the subterranean spaces of its roads, palaces and churches.

Exploring the hidden undergrounds of Piazza Navona, the Crypt Balbi, the Basilica of Saint Crysogonus and Saint Cecil, you will be able to catch the real urban development of Rome. A palimpsest not to be missed and also a chance to cover the secrets of Trastevere.

Stadio di Domiziano

Stadio di Domiziano

The Coelian Hill

13 May
May 13, 2015

An exceptional tour to discover one of the less touristic hill of Rome. Out of the crowded tracks, your tour guide will lead you to experience medieval churches, Roman domus, gardens, and cloisters. A step back in the time and an amazing glimpse to frescoes, mosaics, bell towers, and to some wonderful inspected views over Rome.

 

Colosseo by night

Colosseo by night

Renaissance in Rome

13 May
May 13, 2015

Strolling along the superb via Giulia, this tour conducts through and inside some of the most representative palaces of Renaissance Rome. Special permits will give the chance to step inside private residence occupied since centuries by same families, such as Palazzo Falconieri.

From the church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini to Villa Chigi, this tour opens up a different perspective over Rome: unusual, fancy, and elegant.

 

Via Giulia

Via Giulia

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