Parma: the “Ville en rose”

  • PARMA – Northern of Italy

If you are in northern Italy, one hour from Milan, you will find the city of Parma, the “Ville en rose”, famous for its Prosciutto and Parmesan cheese, known all over the world!

BUT, it is not only the culinary specialties that attract so many visitors! Parma is rich in history, the Duomo, the Churches, the Baptistery, the very famous Teatro Regio which hosts fantastic programs of classical music every season.

Parma "the ville en rose"

Visiting these churches will make you discover beautiful paintings and statues, decorated floors and ancient organs…





Frequent are the references in Parma to his Napoleonic past and to the Imperial Princess and Archduchess of Austria Maria Luigia …


Then, a nice quiet walk, through the streets and alleys of a small town that moves by bike, among well-kept shops and lovely restaurants.


In short, find out about the concerts and plan to stop in Parma at least one night …. it is an elegant but “young city”, full of Italian and foreign university students

Not to be missed!

Parma "the ville en rose"

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The Ace of Cups legend in Rome

The historic center of Rome awaits you with its beautiful fountains.
Among all, of course, the Trevi Fountain!

The Ace of Cups legend in Rome

But here I want to tell you about what you will never find in the guidebooks: The legend of the ACE OF CUPS.

This sculpture was baptized by  Roman people, The ace of Cups, because it recalls the figure of the playing card.

The Ace of Cups legend in Rome
It is said that this travertine vase-shaped sculpture, built by the architect Salvi (who designed the Trevi Fountain), was positioned to prevent the vision of the fountain to a barber who tormented him with negative opinions about the work!

Whims of the artist!

TREVI - The Ace of Cups in Rome


Of course, the Trevi Fountain, remains a destination for romantics who throw a coin to return to Rome, but also couples of lovers….


If two of you will drink at the fountain on the right, precisely in the Fountain of the Lovers, you will be together forever! Just try it!TREVI- the Ace of Cups legend in Rome(ps: it’s right next to the Ace of Cups!)

L’Asso di Coppe – The Ace of Cups

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Easter in Rome

I’m back ….
Rome is crowded to welcome the new Pope Francesco!
Walking is even more beautiful ….


Walking from one neighborhood to another,


exploring ancient treasures, between the sacred and the profane..


among street artists,


walking, walking is the best way to visit Rome…


or you’ll miss the most curious corners, through the streets of the historic center …


…and Happy Easter!

A nice lazy walk in Via Borgognona

I’d like to suggest you s a very nice walk  in the historic center of Rome…

a tiny ancient and very popular street

where the orange/yellow color of Rome is shining

one of the most elegant view in Rome

where you can avoid the crowd of Via Condotti (a step from here)

and enjoy a lovely stop

before continuing your walk….

Have a nice day!

Small, medium and MAXXI!

MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Ar...
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Small, medium and MAXXI!

MAXXI is the National Museum of the Arts, of the XXI century, in Rome. Do not miss it!
MAXXI is the first Italian national museum devoted to contemporary creativity. 

One of the exhibits on display at this time is: THREE-DIMENSIONAL.

An interesting installation that should be visited via 3 overlapping terraces, starting from the works of Salvadori, Mochetti, Munoz, Shuttle and West …

Via Guido Reni, 4, Rome
Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sun 11:00 to 19:00
Sat 11:00 to 22:00 Tickets: 11 euros
Info: +39.06.39967350

Evita – La Duarte. The courage of a woman who has become a myth

Who loves Tango?
Passion and history, blended together in a dance that can tell a lot…

I suggest for this evening, a Theater-dance:
Evita – La Duarte. The courage of a woman who has become a myth “ that celebrates Evita Peron, sixty years of death.

L’étoile Eleonora Cassano recalls the visit of the first lady of Argentina, in 1947, and represent with the dance, the courage, the passion,the shocking strength of the woman who changed the Argentina.

A “room – museum” is preserved intact since then in the Embassy Residence of Argentina in Rome.
The show was declared of Cultural Interest and is sponsored by the Secretariat of Culture of the Presidency of the Republic of Argentina, the Ministry of Culture of Buenos Aires and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Argentina.

Then continue from March 20 his tournée in Italy.

“Evita – La Duarte”
Teatro Olimpico – International Festival of Roman Philharmonic Dance Academy at 21.00 Piazza Gentile da Fabriano 17, Rome
Tickets: from 20 to 30 euro
INFO: +39
Pronto Taxi – Tel 06.6645 (save 10% on routes to and from the Teatro Olimpico) 

Debut in Society

This is an event “of the past”…

The National Historical Dance Society organizes Dancing Tea parties, exclusive and elegant, from 15.30 to 19.00, that will cast you in a magical atmosphere.

It combines the pleasure and magic of the Great 1800 Balls, to the fine round of afternoon tea, with a nice buffet, listening to great music and dancing …

The National Historical Dance Society is, in Italy, the legitimate prosecution of  the tradition of Ball of Debutantes.
The Ball of Debutantes has a history dating back to the eighteenth century.
Within the palaces, in a blaze of candles, mirrors and gilded stucco, aristocratic girls shyly made their entrance into society and at times surprisingly found her prince charming.


If you can not attend a Debutante Ball, you can at least be protagonists for a day, complete with a Grandmaster of the Ceremony, which will involve you in learning the dances 800, even if you’ve never danced!

The clothing can be contemporary.

Tea Dances
Museo Nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari

Piazza Marconi 8/10 – ROMA EUR
Info: +39 2 2 800 800

Arts and extravagance often go together.

Arts and extravagance often go together.
Not always, sometimes, when the end is only the search of wonder, then, even if the artwork can be interesting, certainly not remain in history.

Salvador Dalí, The Persistence of Memory (1931...
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Instead, when the genius is revealed, it remains recognizable, unique and distinguishable.

This was Dali.

An eccentric with a great imagination, known as a painter, but less as a writer, catalytic of the Vanguards currents, illustrator, designer and filmmaker, set designer and passionate about science.

In this exhibition, Italy is the leitmotif of all exhibited works.

A drawing by Salvador Dali.
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Through photographs, letters, drawings, documents, objects you can follow in his travels to Italy, and his artistic collaborations meetings, such as with the filmmaker  Luchino Visconti.

SALVADOR DALI’-The man, the Artist
Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome
Monday-Thursday: 9.30-18.30;
Friday Saturday 9:30 to 22:30;
Sunday 9.30-19.30
Tickets: 12 euros 

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Cross the art from “side to side”…

You are close to Piazza Navona?
Then do not miss a visit to Palazzo Braschi, that currently houses the Museo di Roma

Italiano: Roma, Palazzo Braschi

Palazzo Braschi,1500, stands on a trapeze between, Via Pasquino, Piazza Navona, Via della Cuccagna and Piazza San Pantaleo.

You can get both from Piazza Navona and from Piazza San Pantaleo: you will cross the building from side to side.

statues on a staircase, palazzo braschi


The atrium reaches the beautiful staircase of Valadier, that for the two ramps, used 18 columns of red granite, of the hospital of Santo Spirito, originating probably from the villa of Agrippina’s, first century. A.D.

Palazzo Braschi


Inside the magnificent Palace, you can admire a splendid collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, furniture, clothing, ceramics, photographs and frescoes, scattered in three apartments in the three floors of the Palace.
You can also see ancient carriages and sedan chairs. 



Enter from Piazza di San Pantaleo or Piazza Navona
Tuesday to Sunday, from 10.00  to 20.00
Info:+39 060608
Tickets:9 euros 

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A retrò romantic touch…

Between a monument and a “Caffè al vetro schiumato”( you have to try it! Ist’s a variation of the normal coffee, in a small glass”), some window-shopping…

You come in Italy and want to return home with a unique souvenir? The handmade shoes!

I leave you this address: DaQuiAllì Store, in Prati district (downtown), where you can find shoes and clothes, for women, handmade.

A retro touch, so romantic…

And just around the corner, you’ll find the Antonini Cafè, where you can taste the” Caffè al vetro schiumato”!!!

DaQuiAllì -Handmade shoes
Via Marianna Dionigi 4, Rome
Tel: +39 063215103

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Watch out to the walls!

Rome, the eternal city, crossed the Tiber
Rome, so hard to live, for its old streets and lanes of San Pietrini so delicate!

Rome, which will charm you with its secret corners and its history… such as that of plaques that commemorate the many floods of the Tiber, which over the centuries have devastated this proud city!

Yes, there are about sixty  floods, the first dates back to 414 BC, but the flooding of the city seems to have been even 132!

Not to forget these tragedies, which often resulted in death, over the years, the plaques and water meters were affixed to the walls of Rome, in places where the water had reached truly remarkable heights, as in Via di Ripetta, more than 16 meters!

One of these floods in late 1600, the highest and most devastating, caused the collapse of the three arches of the Bridge of Senators, which was not rebuilt and took the nickname of “Broken Bridge”!

So, while strolling through the streets of Rome, watch out to the walls!

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The ancient stones speak of us!

Pictures, photos and still photos! And in a wonderful environment: The Ara Pacis Museum!
The shows that I propose is a fascinating  journey into the history of Italy.

Through 50 macro works in black and white by Pino Musi, tells the Greek civilization to Agrigento, Syracuse and Paestum, Cerveteri Etruscancivilization and the civilization of the Roman ColosseumRoman Forum, Pantheon, Pompeii, the Via Appia Antica and Villa Adriana in Tivoli.

Capture and beautiful places of Christian worship as San Vitale and San’Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna, (I lived for many years in that area in northern Italy and I assure you that these churches are spectacular!)

She continues her journey through Italy from north to south, capturing the diversity and magnificence of the architectural spaces that are part of theItalian collective memory 

drawing of viavisconti

Ara Pacis Museum
Tuesday to Sunday 9.00-19.00
Admission: 9 euros
Info: +39 060608

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A Million Dollar(Sesterzi) Baby

Women,  throughout history, have been subject to abuse, harassment, discrimination … and the journey is still long.

However, history tells us precisely than in past centuries, our ancestors have fought in search of emancipation.

English: Colosseum, Rome, August 2007

If you will come to Rome, the Colosseum will be definitely one of your goals and, admiring this masterpiece, you will try to imagine how many fights and battles were fought precisely in that arena!

Just here, even the Roman women were performing as gladiators. The women fought as gladiators men, and also competed in athletic competitions!
A famous misogyny Orator of ancient RomeGiovenale, in his satire, dated around 100 AD, made fun of women devoted to the legal profession, or who were passionate about domestic and foreign politics.


All these testimonies of the past, help us to understand that history surely teaches, but it is up to us grow in the right direction.

P.s: The SESTERZI, were one of the coins in use in the Roman Empire, around 117 AD.

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A few steps from via Sistina in Rome, I recommend not to miss this exhibition: PLACES, FIGURES, STILL LIFES – LUOGHI, FIGURE, NATURE MORTE.

A journey through some 140 works, which show the cultural evolution of  Rome since 1800s to World War II.


Milestones, with sculptures and paintings, show the period between the two wars that crossed Italy: De Chirico, Guttuso, Morandi, Martini… are some of the masterpieces.

“Luoghi, figure, nature morte”
Municipal Gallery of  Modern Art and Contemporary Art in RomeVia Francesco Crispi 24
From Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 to 18.00
Tickets 5.50 euros
INFO: +39 060608

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Italy fron seventies to…

Italy is a country in constant turmoil art, too often overshadowed or forgotten….

In this context the European Institute of Design of  Rome,the IED, is the protagonist of this exhibition that I’d like to suggest to you:

<Individual moving into a space in continuous motion>

Villa Doria Pamphili

In the historic Villino Corsini, in Villa Pamphili,(marvelous contest) a selection of emerging artists has led to the creation of this event: a video research about Italy from the seventies to today, through various artistic languages​​.

Starring the visual arts, short films, but also theater and music.


Piazza San Pancrazio
Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 to 17.00
Info: +39 06 45460693
admission free

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