Monday, 20 September 2010 18:13

Barberini Museum in Rome

A new beautiful museum opens in Rome. After more than 60 years, the Galleria Nazionale dell'Arte Antica (National Gallery of Ancient Art) at Barberini Palace opened on 17 September. The spectacular Barberini Palace where the gallery is located, is a Baroque masterpiece built betwen 1625-1633 for the Barberini Pope Urban VIII…
Friday, 13 November 2009 20:42

Maxxi Museum in Rome

It’s new. It’s marvelous. It’s expensive. It’s empty. But finally is there !  MAXXI, the contemporary art museum of Rome has been unveiled today, with an inauguration that is actually dedicated to the building itself since the museum is still empty. The art works will come during the following months,…
Friday, 25 September 2009 15:08

Ancient Roman Paintings

Roma, la pittura di un Impero. It started yesterday 24 September a fascinating exhibition on ancient Roman Painting at the Scuderie del Quirinale. The exhibition is divided in different thematic sections. In the first one is possible to see whole paintings that recreate the decorative context of a Roman house. It…
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 20:00

Lyrics in the bath

It was 1st August 1937 when the magnificent Terme di Caracalla started hosting the summer season from the Opera Theatre of Rome. The debut was Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.   Some of the greatest artists of all times, from Mario Del Monaco to Luciano Pavarotti, performed on the stage with…
Saturday, 12 September 2009 15:49

Trevi Fountain

The marvellous Trevi fountain has been used again as a backdrop for a protest: newspaper La Repubblica reported today that a man climbed inside the fountain saying he wanted to commit suicide. He is the same man who was arrested few years ago for stealing the coins from the fountain.…
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 18:04

Checkmate Julius Caesar !

Over time Ancient Rome has been the inspiration of products of all sorts: from fashion to videogame from houseware to jewelry, you will find on the market a great abundance of stuff made thinking about the time of Julius Caesar. But among all available items, one that really you shouldn't miss…
Saturday, 11 July 2009 19:38

Jazz in the park

Again this summer great music at Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival. During the day you can enjoy this lovely park relaxing in the shade of pinetrees, around ancient Roman stones, listening the sound of water gushing in the fountains .. at least if you can avoid children screaming and playing football…
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 14:14

Marble and Steel

A Visit to Centrale Montemartini Museum in Rome     The Museum Centrale Montemartini was opened in 1997 as a temporary space hosting part of the collection of the Capitoline Museums. The building was a former power generation plant of ACEA, the municipal utility. In 2005 became a permanent museum showing masterpieces…
Monday, 29 June 2009 18:16

Another surprise

On Via Ostiense an ancient representation of Saint Paul has been discovered by Vatican archeologist on June 19th, right at the end of the Anno Paolino (Saint Paul's year).  It is considered to be the oldest icon of the apostle ever found. It came to light during restauration works in the…
Friday, 08 May 2009 14:10

Colosseum by mail

Two U. S. tourists who chipped off a piece of the Colosseum in Rome, 25 years ago have returned it -- along with an apology.  The fragment of stone, small enough to fit into a pocket, arrived in Italy in a package from California, the BBC reported Thursday. Inside was a note…