VIA MARGUTTA is a small street in the center of Rome, in Campo Marzio district ( known as the district of foreigners)… a magical street , in silence and green…




a place of art galleries and fashionable restaurants, which once housed shops and stalls.

It is a parallel of Via del Babuino, the road that runs from Piazza del Popolo to the Spanish Steps.

One of the symbols of the street is the FONTANA DELLE  ARTI, a marble fountain, surmounted by a bucket of brushes, two masks, one sad and one happy (the moods of the artists) resting on shelves applied on painters easels.

You are in the heart of Rome, but the silence is so pleasant to make you forget the chaotic traffic (at two steps).

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I think there’s anything to say.

But since we are, let me give you some addresses where you may admire the Caravaggio paintings in Rome.

Start from the Santa Maria del Popolo Church, in Piazza del Popolo, and you will find two of his finest works: The Conversion of St. Paul and the Martyrdom of St. Peter.





Go to Via del Corso and planned a stop at the Galleria Doria Pamphili, to admire the Rest on the escape into Egypt.


Continue towards the center, Piazza Navona, and visit St. Luigi dei Francesi Church, where you could stay long to admire the Calling of San Matteo, but if you have little time, go to the nearby Church of St. Augustine, to see the Madonna of the Pilgrims.


There are other sites where you can admire Caravaggio, as in the Galleria Borghese

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and Barberini Palace

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or the Capitoline Museums and Art Gallery

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National Gallery of Ancient Art in Palazzo Corsini, in Trastevere

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… but you certainly can not see everything in one day!

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The Ace of Cups legend

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

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

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!

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

Whims of the artist!


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!Fontana innamorati roma(ps: it’s right next to the Ace of Cups!)

L’Asso di Coppe – The Ace of Cups 

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Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

You are in Rome. Did you already see the Sistine Chapel?

Wonderful isn’t it?

BUT, may I suggest you a cool experience:


Michelangelo and The Secrets of the Sistine Chapel 

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This is a wonderful 60 minutes live show, in the Auditorium Conciliazione, a theatrical performance  with special effects that capture you in a 270° immersive projections, in a journey through time.

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With the scientific advice of the Vatican Museums and main theme song of Sting, the show is in italian but with the translation service in many languages.

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An aesthetic, emotional and spiritual experience…

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All the INFO HERE : Giudizio

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The Liberty of Galleria Sciarra in Rome

From the historic center  you can head to Piazza Venezia, but I suggest you to make a stop at the Galleria Sciarra, in Via delle Muratte,  near Via del Corso.Immagine 4

The building, along with the nearby Teatro Quirino, was restored in the 1800 and was commissioned by Prince Maffeo Sciarra. The gallery is white and red with the decorations of  Giuseppe Cellini.IMG_5918

The theme of the decorations below is the woman in the role of wife, mother, educator and leading mind of the house.

In the upper band are instead represented other women who personify the feminine virtues: loyalty, humility and justice.IMG_5915

Virtues are represented in scenes of bourgeois life: Gardening, Conversation, Culinary skills, Musical entertainment, Exhortation to charity, Vanity, Marriage, Care of children.IMG_5914

Then, if you have a little peckish … I recommend a stop at  ANTICA BIRRERIA PERONI– (OLD BREWERY PERONI), in Via di San Marcello 19,within walking distance… 
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with his “kitchen that is good for the mood” and its famous real ales.
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“Chi beve birra, campa cent’anni!”- Beer drinkers, lives a hundred years!

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Galleria Sciarra, Via  delle Muratte

Birreria Peroni, Via di San Marcello 19

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Piazza di Spagna

Here is THE square par excellence: Piazza di Spagna.

In your trip to Rome … you will definitely pass here.

You will walk in the crowd (always) and venture on the famous steps …

Not everyone knows that for designing the fountain in the center of the square, called “Barcaccia”, Bernini was inspired by an old boat beached during the overflowing of the river Tiber in the 15th century.

If you are romantic, do not miss a walk on the “Botticella” the characteristic little  coach, through the ancient streets of Rome!

But, if you are a little hungry, I recommend a stop for a quick lunch by GINA, right at the top of the climb Via San Sebastianello (on the left, facing the stairs) …

Or, even if it is not “Italian style”, a delicious stop by Babington’s, tea rooms, but not only …. a real treat!

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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!

Via del Mascherone a Roma

Another great stop in Rome is in  Piazza Farnese.

I suggest you sit in this square towards the 13.00 pm, to enjoy the warm rays fall, and  maybe you may eat a piece of “hot pizza bianca“, freshly baked from the famous FORNO (Bakery) in Campo de Fiori, right behind you!

Then continue along Via del Mascherone




Look at the building, which was purchased in the eighteenth century the Papal States, it became the seat of the Religious Mary Immaculate ….
A curiosity, as you are walking, look on the ground at the white line that runs along the sides of the building, if you walk inside you are in the territory of the Pontifical State!


I recommend always nose up … and all around …


Continuing this brief and quiet streets, you will come to the Fountain of  Mascherone in Via Giulia.


But often the beauty is above our heads …


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Today, a beautiful cold sunny day ….
a nice walk will open your heart …


Right on the promenade leading from the “Palazzaccio”, the Palace of Justice in Rome, to the Basilica of St. Peter.



It ‘a pedestrian area, very pleasant, overlooking the Tiber and the statues of the “Angels” of the Bridge Sant’Angelo, will accompany you in front of the entrance to Castel S. Angelo.




This monument is home to the National Museum, Archaeological site, fortress and prison, but also a Papal residence, rich in artistic episodes of great importance.


I suggest, indeed, a visit …

Opening :
From Tuesday to Sunday – 9.00 – 19.30
Ticket price: 10,50 Euros

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!

Small treasures in the center of Rome…

You are walking in the historic center of Rome?
Before making a stop (recommended) to Ciampini Bar in Piazza S. Lorenzo in Lucina for an ice cream cone, you should definitely pay a visit to DODI Boutique in Vicolo Torretta.

Follow the palm trees … in front of the small boutique!
Then, madame Dodi welcomes you to “make you plunge” in this little wishing well.
Not only clothes, but also bags (divine!) and accessories from select fashion.

Then continue in the Vicolo della Torretta up to the number 60, where you will find a lovely local  restaurant “Vini  e Buffet”, simple and unpretentious, with great value for money. Suggestions for the afternoon?
A walking aimlessly in the nearby Via di Campo Marzio, to the ancient Church of S. Maria in Campomarzio. (VIII century).

This church, although the Roman obedience, is a temple Catholic Eastern Rite of Antioch, and the religious function there is still celebrated in Aramaic airo-palistenese, the language that was spoken the time of Jesus Christ.

FASHION: DODI Boutique, Vicolo della Torretta 18, Roma
FOOD: “Vini e Buffet” Restaurant, Vicolo della Torretta 60
ART: Chiesa di S. Maria in Campomarzio, 45/a


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

Discovering Rome…

While strolling trought the center of Rome you may reach unusual buildings such as Palazzo Antici Mattei, built between 1598 and 1618, one of the most prestigious examples of seventeenth century in Rome, and seat of the Center for American Studies.

Its rooms were frescoed by  painters from the early years of the seventeenth century, including Domenichino, Pietro da Cortona, Pomarancio and Albani.
The Center often hosts writers, artists, experts in political affairs and American intellectuals for public meetings.

Furthermore, there is a wonderful Library that houses collection of more than 50,000 books available for reading!



Via Michelangelo Caetani,32
Opening on Monday, Thursday from 9.00 to 6.00pm
and Friday from 9.00 to 2.00pm

Hall of the Catoptrics Meridian at Palazzo Spada

Another famous historic Rome’s Palace is Palazzo Spada,of 1500, which houses the State Council.

Roma, piazza Capodiferro e Palazzo Spada
Roma, piazza Capodiferro e Palazzo Spada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the center of Rome, is famous for the optical illusion of Borromini, visible from thecourtyard, and the collection of paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

But not everyone knows the Noble floor of the Palace!

Closed to the public, EXCEPT the first Sunday of each month, will amaze you with the Galleria degli Stucchi, the Hall of the Four Seasons, the Hall of Pompey …

A must see, the Hall of the Catoptrics Meridian of 1644, which is based on a point of light reflection and not on  a shadow!

Piazza Capo di Ferro 13, Rome
Info: +39 06 87905747 – +39 347 8249859
Tickets: 15 euros
A reservation is required, the visit is guided