Baroque and Renaissance in Rome

  • ROME

The rainy day in Rome does not promise a pleasant stroll BUT…
Baroque and Renaissance in Rome

… the weather conditions change quickly and you can definitely lose yourself in the romantic Rome and head to the Imperial Forum.

Baroque and Renaissance in Rome

A long walk through monumental squares built between 46 BC and 113 d.C. They are considered the center of political activity in ancient Rome.

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Before arriving at the destination, however, I recommend a stop at the Chiesa del Gesù, an important example of mixing art between Baroque and Renaissance.

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Baroque and Renaissance in Rome
Baroque and Renaissance in Rome

The Church has a single dominant t- nave that focuses the attention on the altar and the vault ceiling is beautifully painted with an unusual three-dimensional effect.

Baroque and Renaissance in Rome

  • CHIESA DEL GESU’
    Piazza del Gesu,| Via degli Astalli 16 – Roma 

    Open from 07.00 – 13.00, 16.00 – 19.45
    Visiting hours recommended: 16.30 – 19.00

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Free PAPAL AUDIENCE invitations IN ROME

Few people know about the possibility of requesting free invitations for the Papal Audience directly to the Prefecture of the Vatican.

It is a wonderful mystical experience!

The invitation is reserved to some areas where you can sit ( without assigned places), very close to the Holy Father!

Free PAPAL AUDIENCE invitations IN ROME

In St. Peter’s Square every Wednesday at 10.00 am (when the Holy Father is in Rome) you can attend the Papal Audience, by invitation only.

Free PAPAL AUDIENCE invitations IN ROME

To get the FREE INVITATIONS simply download the application form, and forward it by fax duly completed.

  1. At this address: PREFETTURA DELLA CASA PONTIFICIA – 00120 – Città del Vaticano
  2. This is the FAX NUMBER: +39 06 6988 5863                                                                               
  3. This is the list to complete for the request:
  • Date of General Audience or Liturgical Celebration
  • Number of tickets required
  • Name / Group
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone and fax

It’s simpler than you think!

 


Tickets of the AUDIENCES (all free of charge) must be collected at 
the appropriate Office set up at the Bronze Door of the Apostolic 
Palace (Piazza San Pietro, Colonnade on the right) starting from the 
Tuesday preceding the chosen Audience from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm or the very morning of the Audience from 7.30
Tickets of the CERIMONIES (completely free) must be collected at the Pontifical Swiss Guards' post at the Bronze Gate (Piazza San Pietro, Colonnade on the right) starting from the day before the ceremony 
from 9.00 to 19.00.

Free PAPAL AUDIENCE invitations IN ROME

TOO LATE!!!

Important Notice:

All requests for tickets to participate in the celebrations of 
December 24th, December 31st and January 1st 2019 that will be 
received by this Office after December 1st, will not be taken into 
consideration.

 


WEDDING PAPAL AUDIENCE
Special opportunity for the couple to attend every Wednesday Audience with the Holy Father, dressed as bride and groom, and receive the Holy Sacrament.
You need to bring your documents. Will also receive a nice souvenir from the Holy Father.
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Calendar of events presided over by the Holy Father


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Lazy walk in Rome:Via dei Giubbonari

When the sky of Rome turns pink at sunset, here we are ready for a walk in the narrow streets of the historic center among ancient lights, religious shrines, and inviting windows shop.

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Lazy walk in Rome

I suggest you start from Piazza Chiesa Nuova, along Via dei Cappellari…

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Lazy walk in Rome in Via dei Giubbonari

...to Piazza Campo de Fiori

Lazy walk in Rome

…and continue along Via dei Giubbonari.

Here you will find many shops and bakeries, many people walking in a delightful atmosphere, and ancient perfumes.

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Via dei Giubbonari

Waiting for the sunset, you can decide where to have a drink…

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…maybe continuing to Piazza del Pantheon

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Rest in Rome under the “Sistine Chapel fresco”

Rome in November, on sunny days, allows you to walk lightly, even in short sleeves!

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In the evening the sunsets give you moments crystallized in the warmer colors which are reflected on the Tiber’s waters and on the monuments around you…

 

After walking, photographing, visiting, what could be better than relaxing in a nice hotel room in the center of Rome?

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Where to sleep? Choosing an Hotel or a Guest House among the many offers, becomes difficult if you do not know…

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One of the last Luxury Guest Rooms I visited is located near Piazza Barberini, a stone’s throw from Piazza di Spagna: is the Barberini Dream Luxury Room”.

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I will point out this address if you want to spend a few days in the eternal city, especially if you are a couple, and at the right value for money!

Gianluca e Veruska are the managers of this delight, white rooms, very well furnished, with all the comforts and, more importantly, with an attention to the guest that makes the difference!

 

In the winter evenings, lying on the bed after walking for kilometers, you will be delighted by the warmth of the fireplacewith a glass of fresh proseccco offered by your guests!

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And last but not least, wake up with a reproduction of the fresco of the Sistine Chapel just above the bed …. well … it’s just unique!

 

You can find BARBERINI DREAM address both on search engines and on their web site: www.barberinidream.wixsite.com

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In the center of Rome: The Oratory of SS. Crucifix

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The Oratory of SS. Crucifix.

In the center of Rome, in Rione Trevi, near the Quirinale, Via del Tritone and Piazza Barberini, I point out this gem: The Oratory of SS. Crucifix.

The Oratory of SS. Crucifix.
An Oratorio frescoed by major mannerist painters working in Rome at the end of the sixteenth century: Giovanni de Vecchi, Pomarancio and Cesare Nebbia. (XVI-XVII centuries)

The Oratory of SS. Crucifix.
The oratory was built to celebrate the miracle that, in 1519, saved from a terrible fire that destroyed the nearby Church of San Marcello, the wooden crucifix of 1400.

The Oratory of SS. Crucifix.

 

The Oratory of SS. Crucifix.
Today it houses the Roman Oratory Music.

The Oratory of SS. Crucifix.
The Oratory  of SS. Crucifix
Piazza dell’Oratorio, Roma
Opening to the public: 7:00 to 12:00, 16:30 to 19:00

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THE ROMANCE OF VIA MARGUTTA

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…

THE ROMANCE OF VIA MARGUTTA

THE ROMANCE OF VIA MARGUTTA

THE ROMANCE OF VIA MARGUTTA

 

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

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

THE ROMANCE OF VIA MARGUTTA

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.

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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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CARAVAGGIO in ROME

Caravaggio.
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.

CARAVAGGIO 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.

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

CARAVAGGIO in ROME

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 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!

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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!)

FONTANA DI TREVI, Roma
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:

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Michelangelo and The Secrets of the Sistine Chapel 

Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

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.

Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

AN INNOVATIVE SHOW COMBINING ART, THEATRE PERFORMANCE, MUSIC AND THE MOST ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES…

Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

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.

Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

An aesthetic, emotional and spiritual experience…

Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

All the INFO HERE : Giudizio Universale.com

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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.
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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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Rome at the sunset

Rome at sunset … don’t miss it!

No sky in the world reflects the orange glow on the monuments like in this city.
An inhabited “museum city”, the cradle of civilization, music and history.

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The Roman Forum, the center of Roman public life for over a millennium, was built at the end of the seventh century BC, in the area where, until then, there was a swamp.

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Walking through the ancient ruins at sunset is poetic and fabulous and then let your gaze explode in the lights on the bridges of the historic center.

What a fantastic place for declarations of love…

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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 carriage ride on the characteristic “Botticella“, 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, not only tea rooms… 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 ….

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Walking from one neighborhood to another,

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

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among street artists,

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walking, walking is the best way to visit Rome…

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

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…and Happy Easter!

Via del Mascherone a Roma

Another great stop in Rome is in  Piazza Farnese.
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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

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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!

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I recommend always nose up … and all around …

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

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But often the beauty is above our heads …

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CASTEL S. ANGELO – ROMA

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

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

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CASTEL S. ANGELO - ROMA

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.

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CASTEL S. ANGELO - ROMA

CASTEL S. ANGELO - ROMA

The Castle S. Angelo in Rome is home to the National Museum, Archaeological site, fortress and prison, but also a Papal residence, rich in artistic episodes of great importance.

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I suggest, indeed, a visit …

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


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