Top 5 reasons to visit Rome

“Yes, I have finally arrived to this Capital of the World! I now see all the dreams of my youth coming to life… Only in Rome is it possible to understand Rome.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This is what Goethe said about Rome and we totally agree. You can only appreciate and understand the Eternal city if you see it through your own eyes. So, if you are looking for some more reasons to visit Rome, here you find our list.

 

  • ART AND HISTORY

Rome is an open air museum and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can admire incredible archtectural feats like the Pantheon; ruins from the Roman Empire like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum; monuments and churches from different historical periods. There are plenty of things to see and museums to visit (like the Capitoline Museums, the Ara Pacis and the MAXXI) and they are all great!

Roman Forum (credits: @kwon_yongsoo-Instagram)

 

  • STUNNING PIAZZAS AND FOUNTAINS

Fountains are almost everywhere in the center of Rome, surrounded by beautiful piazzas, the heart of the Roman (and Italian) life. The Trevi Fountain is one of the most beautiful in the world. And then we have the Fountain of Four Rivers in Piazza Navona, designed by Bernini; La Barcaccia Fountain at the bottom of the Spanish Steps; The Fountain of the Turtles in the Jewish Ghetto…and many more. Why don’t you count them all?

La Barcaccia

 

  • FOOD

The Roman cusine is an experience into taste and history. Have you ever heard about the famous “pasta alla carbonara” or “amatriciana”? Only in Rome you can find the authentic recipe. Not to mention gelato, pizza and wine: you’ll be spoilt for choice for every kind of food and wine tours.

Bucatini all’amatriciana (Credits: @silvia.massetti85-Instagram)

 

  • LAKES, BEACHES AND OTHER CITIES

Not everybody knows that Rome is really close to the sea. Ostia is the nearest beach to the city, at about 30 kilometers, but other famous places -like Nettuno or Anzio- are at 60 kilometers. The town of Castelgandolfo, on the “castelli romani”, also has a beautiful lake. But all round the Eternal City you can find small and pretty towns to visit. Using Rome as a base, you can easily reach Naples, Florence or Orvieto, for example.

Castelgandolfo

 

  • GOOD CLIMATE

The best season for a trip to Rome? Any time! From March to May the city is colourful and smells nice. Rome in Summer is quite hot, but you still can find places where to stay cool. From September to November it’s a bit rainy, but has a lot of beautiful and mild days. October is a great month for a Roman holiday. In the winter it’s less crowded and it’s not very cold. Rome’s magic atmosphere is always there.

The Trevi Fountain

 

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Galleria Borghese: 5 reasons you should visit this awesome museum

The Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery in English) is one of Rome’s must-see museums: it is inside the Villa Borghese park and surrounded by the greenery and beauty of its gardens. The villa used to be the summer and party mansion of the Borghese family and now it belongs to the Italian state.

galleria-borghese-treasureromeFollowing are 5 reasons you won’t want to miss it out!

  1. Famous paintings and sculptures of all time. You can admire some of the most famous works by Caravaggio, Bernini and Canova. The Boghese Gallery has two floors and a basement, where you cand find the ticket office, the Museum shop and a cafè. The main floor is mostly devoted to great sculptures like Bernini’s “Apollo and Daphne” and Canova’s “Pauline Bonaparte” and some of the major artworks by Caravaggio like “Boy with a basket of fruit”; the other one hosts 16th, 17th and 18th centuries paintings by Rubens, Raphael and Titian, among others.
  2. You can find different kinds of artworks: from Ancient Roman sculptures to the Egyptian art; from the Mannerist paintings of the 16th century to the breathtaking sculptures of 17th century. The villa itself is a piece of art: walls and ceilings are magnificently adorned.
  3. The museum is never really crowded, because they only allow 360 people at once. You must reserve in advance (booking requires for all ticket types) and choose the time you’ll be there: you have two hours to complete your visit.
  4. The museum is in the Villa Borghese park and you can have a walk before (or after) your visit, which is always a nice experience. 
  5. You can nourish your soul and spend a lovely morning or afternoon in one of the most beautiful places in the Eternal city, just a few steps away from its most famous monuments and piazzas.
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Bernini’s “Rape of Proserpina “

The Borghese Gallery is open Tuesday-sunday from 9 am to 7 pm. It is closed Mondays, December 25, January 1 and May 1. It is free the first Sunday of the month (but you need to book anyway). The Borghese Gallery is one of the sites available to visit with the Roma Pass. Audio guides are available for hire in Italian English, Spanish and German. For more information you can visit the website www.gebart.it.

“Triumphs and Laments”: a special way to discover the history of Rome

Victories and defeats, glory and shame, centuries of history and magnificence. “Triumphs and Laments: a project for Rome” is a major new work by the South African artist William Kentridge on the Lungotevere. It was inspired by the Eternal City: 500 meter-long-frieze of more than eighty figures up to ten metres high.  

"Triumphs and Laments" (Photo credit: @lalentina)

“Triumphs and Laments” (Photo credit: @lalentina on Instagram)

We loved this project at first sight because we also love what the river Tiber represents. A lot of people spend their spare time there jogging, talking, kissing, walking or enjoying the sun. Now it’s like doing all these things being surrounded by art, history, culture and grace at the same time.

“Triumphs and Laments” was realized using the biological growth and the pollution which make the travertine stones of the walls dark: they were washed away to model a series of different and astonishing images.

"Triumphs and Laments" by night

“Triumphs and Laments” by night

On April 21, the birthday of Rome, its Grand Opening took place thanks to Roma Capitale and Tevereterno. The show featured live dancing shadows and two musical processions- one for the Triumphs, the other one for the Laments- which met at the centre of the masterpiece. Everything seemed to come alive. It was a suggestive show which involved more than forty musicians and vocalists. The public was on the other side of the river or above, on the Ponte Sisto, touched by its great beauty.

Triumphs and Laments- the premiere on April 21

Over the years the stones will darken again and the images will disappear. This is the essence of the project: it’s ephemeral.

Hurry up: time goes by, get this opportunity and enjoy this part of Rome dreaming about past and future.

http://www.triumphsandlaments.com/

When Art meets people. Tor Marancia, a (Roman) story of beauty and authenticity

Rome can tell a lot of stories. It’s easy for a city that has such a great past and continue surprising the world with its Eternal soul.

Today we want to tell you a contemporary story, which only has a couple of years. It takes place in Tor Marancia, a neighborhood close to the more famous Eur. There’s a built up area of council houses, which were erected a the beginning of the Fifties in order to restore it to a healthy condition, that is now celebrating a second life.

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“Shanghai” (the ancient name of this area) by Caratoes.

Tor Marancia is a stunning open air museum thanks to the “Big City Life” Project, which brought International street artists in Rome. They spent some time in that special neighborhood, They had lunch with the Romans who live there. They were a big family for a while. Traditions, inspirations and passion are on those walls: a human and artistic experience which left a deep mark.

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“Il bambino redentore” by Seth

This paint is dedicated to a child who used to live in Tor Marancia and was hit by a car while playing with his ball.

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“Il peso della storia” by Jaz

"Hic sunt adamentes" by Diamond

“Hic sunt adamentes” by Diamond

“There are diamonds here”. A very strong message for a place which is considered not equal to other neighborhood of the city for economic and social reasons.

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“Veni Vidi Vinci” by Lek & Sowat

No mistakes. “Vinci” is a guy with disability who lives in this building.

"Il vento" by Moneyless

“Il vento” by Moneyless

“Il vento” (The wind): a title chosen by a old lady who lives in this building.

We spent two hours surrounded by the authentic Roman atmosphere, looking at the magnificence of Art, breathing joy and real emotions. Thanks to Roma Sparita, that organized this tour, we discovered a lot of nice anedoctes on this project.

Give yourself a really special gift: visit Tor Marancia for an unique experience.