Piazza Navona: THE square

Piazza Navona, the symbol of Baroque Rome, is one of the most famous squares of Rome.

Its shape is that of an ancient stadium, when usually the square was flooded in August to relieve the heat.
In ancient times the square was concave, the three fountains were clogged so the water came out to flood the square and offer refreshment to the people.

Surely you will passing through Piazza Navona, visiting Rome …

At number 71, a romantic door for an unexpected surprise, The Home Suite Rome, a Luxury Relais with suitable prices to the breathtaking view…

Don’t forget to look  up….

…and all around you.

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!

Where the art begins?

You’ve seen quite a few ancient ruins?

But maybe, you’ll also run into cute characters and over the top, like the artist who often “exhibits” in front of the Ara Pacis Museum!

He has a solo show, you may visiting and strolling along the wire that leads from one work to another…

Eclectic character, a true artist!
Now, with classical music appointment.
So, go straight to Piazza Navona to hear the piano concert, with music by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Liszt.


St. Agnese in Agone
Piazza Navona, Rome
Concerts in the Borromini Sacristy
at 19.00
Tickets: € 10, entering the Church

The poetry in Wood

The ancient streets of Rome are a spectacle in itself!

Lost in the historic center, preferably not in a group, you will always find an amazing  corner, magical… and could find some artist’s atelier, often famous, like that of  Ferdinando Codognotto.

Master of  Italian sculpture in wood, known and appreciated throughout the world, there may happen to meet him, sitting in his workshop-studio while listening to Operas music, reading …

Near Piazza Navona, follow the arrows carved in wood, created by him, and like a fairy tale, take you to his world…

Follow the arrows carved in wood, created by him, and like a fairy tale, take you to his world …

So you can see some of his works closely, and if you are particularly appealing, he can also give you his catalog, with the most beautiful creations, now part of private and public collections in Japan, New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo…

FERDINANDO CODOGNOTTO – SCULPTOR
Via dei Pianellari 14, Roma 

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. 

 

 

PALAZZO BRASCHI- Museo di Roma
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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Rome is… a Queen Bee

I love the water. I love the fountains of water features, ergo, I love Rome.
Because in this city, you will find many fountains, as in no other city.

Decorative elements, the fountains of Rome, from the most famous to the drinking fountains, are scattered throughout the city.
Each has a story and every design element has a meaning.

Nothing was left to chance, as the FONTANA DELLE API, the Fountain of the Bees, one of my favorite small fountains, in Piazza Barberini.
It has been  a tribute to Pope Urban VIII and to the family emblem, precisely the bees.

The Latin inscription informed that this fountain, was a gift of the Pope, and the water was available to the people and animals.

But surely you will not miss a visit to the Trevi Fountain to throw a coin behind ….
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FONTANA DELLE API
Piazza Barberini, Roma 

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INDIGNADOS… from the past

History repeats itself …

Yes, if it walking through the center of Rome, near the Palazzo Braschi, then you can  not fail to notice, right corner, the statue of Pasquino.
This finding, dating from the third century BC, which is believed to represent Ajax or Hercules, owes its fame to a custom that took hold in 1500.

Pasquino, it became a symbol of quiet rebellion, accompanied by the irreverent satirical posts, hanging from the neck of the statue, against the abuses of the powerful.

An INDIGNADO of other times…

Unfortunately today, someone put up his messages (among other things, sometimes not very own edification) with the glue to the statue, damaging the travertine.

(Drawing of viavisconti)

Well, better waiting for the snow in Rome… yet!

PASQUINO STATUE 
At the corner of Palazzo Braschi – Roma

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A very special FLAT sandwich!

A little hungry?

Between a walk and a visit to a museum, if you do not want to waste time and eat something quick but tasty, I recommend you to stop at this delicious sandwich bar: La Sandwicheria!

Just a stone’s throw from the Trevi Fountain, this delightful little shop welcomes you with its blackboards on the walls, where you can choose from a wide variety of sandwiches …

The owners are very kind and smart, so the service is fast and attentive!

Special flattened bread, stuffed with tasty sauces and ingredients of excellent quality.

I stopped there just a few days ago and… it’s worth it!

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LA SANDWICHERIA
Largo del  Nazareno 16, Roma
Info:+39 0669797805 

Between Europe and Asia….(and through Rome)

The eighteenth-century Palazzo Braschi, the Museum of Rome, is located in the heart of Renaissance.

Here I suggest you the exhibition:
“Dvin: An Armena Capitale between Europe and Asia”

As part of the International Biennale of Culture the “Silk Roads“, are exhibited at Palazzo Braschi artistic artifacts, archaeological and numismatic, and ethnographic objects as well as historical photographs, from the Historical Museum of Armenia, which date from IV the XVI century . A.D.

The exhibition traces the history of Dvin, great ancient capital of Armenia, an important town on the road that connected the East and West.
Forty art artifacts are exhibited: capitals, sculptures, hangings, ceramics.

The mystery of the Orient before Marco Polo….

PALAZZO BRASCHI Le Vie della Seta
Ticket price: 10 euros

Entrance from Piazza Navona and Piazza San Pantaleo 2, 10 Rome
Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00
24 and 31 December from  10:00 to 14:00

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A little bit of Naples in Rome

A lovely Sunday for a walk in Rome … Then, a tasty lunch, just a few steps from the historic Via dei Coronari, antique street.
Ristorante Santa Lucia, a little bit of Naples in Rome!

A delicious, romantic bistro, where you can enjoy tasty dishes like “Risotto with artichokes and red shrimp” or typical “Paccheri (pasta) with baby squid and bottarga” or, the “Puntarelle (typical Roman vegetables) with a sauce of anchovies” …. to be tested!

If you are two, and call for reservations or passed from there, ask for a table in the red room.
Romantic atmosphere, with beamed ceiling and wall lamps and paintings on the walls …

Restorante Santa Lucia
12 Largo Febo, Rome
Booking at: +39 06 6882427
www.santaluciaristorante.it
Closed on Tuesday and on January

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Is there a GHOST in Palazzo de Cupis in Rome?

Here is  a treat not to be missed!
Walking through Piazza Navona and admiring the beautiful Bernini fountains, in these days, surrounded by stalls of  Christmas, you can get lost in a triumph of color and sweet!
If you feel dizzy, then look up ….. but do not be frightened!

I’m kidding, of course ….. BUT on one side of the Palazzo de Cupis, will greet you a small marble head, walled, inside of the facade, that an ancient roman legend says, is that of a ghost!!!

PALAZZO DE CUPIS
Via Santa Maria dell’Anima 17
To see the “ghost“,,,,, have a look at the facade on Piazza Navona!

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A Concert in the Borromini Sacristy

Those who come to Rome definitely visit Piazza Navona! Beautiful square with an ancient history (at the time of Domiziano, 85 AD, the square was a Stadium…), and magnificent palaces to frame!

This year marks the 200 anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt.
If you love classical music, I suggest a wonderful sensorial experience: a Concert in the Borromini Sacristy, in the Church of Sant ‘Agnese in Agone, in PiazzaNavona!

Concert with piano and violin, and music of : Liszt, Schubert, Bach, Schumann,  Mendelssohn.

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Sant’Agnese in Agone Church , Concerts in the Sacristy
INFO : Tel. +39 0668192134
TICKETS: You can buy tickets inside the Church, one hour before the concert, or by telephone, at 10 euros.
On line Tickets: 15 euros

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The names of the streets of Rome

The shops of artisans in Rome, in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, were grouped in the same streets.So, when you walk through the historical center of Rome, take a look at street names!

Via dei Cappellari — Street of the hats artisans

Via dei Baullari — Street of Trunks artisans

Via dei Giubbonari — Street of Coats artisans

Via dei Chiavari — Street of Keys artisans

Via dei Sediari — Street of Chairs artisans

Via dei Balestrari —  Street of Croosbows artisans

The famous Street of Antiques, right next to Piazza Navona, is  Via dei Coronari, that was the Street of  Crowns and Rosaries!

And not everyone knows that it was right in Vicolo del Bollo that the jewelers took items in gold and silver and mark them with the seal!

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Rome Movie set

ome, the explosive, curious, magical city!

Wandering the historic center, do not miss the funniest sights, such as boutiques paved with mosaics and improvised movie set in the most picturesque locations!

Via dei Coronari

Piazza Navona

… do not forget to take pictures,

your memories are drops of joy!