Save the School Exhibition in Rome, a dream come true

Black Friday is now just 2 days away, however what we focus on are not discounts and promotions, but our awesome “Save the school Exhibition” (in Italian “Sogni a colori”). We have believed in this project and now (almost) everything is ready for the opening. The exhibition will be hosted at Medina Roma from 24 November through 7 December.

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The Exhibition

“Save The school Exhibition in Rome” will bring together twenty paintings created by children living in extreme poverty in the remote areas of Hungary, mentored by the Real Pearl Foundation. They are great canvases, created with passion by these children who are fighting to build a better future.

We’d like to raise awereness of the international community about the problems these children are facing as well as to promote the fundraising for educational activities of the 2017-2018 school year, for which the Real Pearl Foundation has not received the expected statal funds.

Moreover, we would like to promote change through art and education, and fight the vicious circle of indigence and criminality which can unfortunately afflict them. These families often live in homes without window fixtures, electricity or heating; children are ghettoized at school and their existence seems to be marked by a destiny common to all their family members. School segregation is in fact a phenomenon in many European countries, which the Council of Europe is trying to combat by inviting Member States to work in favor of inclusive education.

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The Foundation

The Real Pearl Foundation is a Hungarian non-governmental organisation with the mission to develop the communities. They have been working on the challenges of integration and development since 1999. They provide elementary art education in 6 towns reaching 23 villages for a total 670 children of which 70% is underprivileged, 250 children come from deep poverty.

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Help us!

This exhibition has been achieved thanks to the fundraising campaign on the GoFundMe platform and the cooperation of Lauren Lombardo, artist and promoter of “Paint & Wine” events.

If you want to help us, you can do one (or more) of these things:

Mona Lisa Paint Party Benefit, for adults

Christmas Painting Party Benefit, for children

Give yourself  a fabulous present for Christmas, help these children believe that improvement and change are possible.

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Discovering Rome: Villa Ada

Spring has just kicked off and Rome is full of colours and flowers. Parks are more and more crowded, because it is the easiest way to enjoy the sun, the colder air and the good season. If you want to meet locals and spend a day in a beautiful park as they usually do, you definitely have to go to Villa Ada.

Photo credit: @agnes.ina-Instagram

Villa Ada is a wide park measuring 182 hectares in the Parioli neighborhood and it’s the second larger in the city after Villa Doria Pamphilj. It was the home of the king vittorio Emanuele II during the first half of the century; now it houses the Egyptian Embassy in a private area. Romans love to spend some time in this park because it is the wildest one in the city. It is perfect for athletes, for couples, families and music lovers: the “Incontra il Mondo” festival plays here every Summer.

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There is also a really nice lake with fish and turtles; you can even rent canoe and bikes or ride horses. Moreover, the park’s “Monte Antenne”, with an altitude of 67 metres, gives a beautful view and the access to an ancient archaeological site.

“Incontra il Mondo” Festival. Photo credit: @vedronza-Instagram

Villa Ada is the right place if you want to relax, have a walk or eat something surrounded by nature and peace. If you want to enjoy the real Roman life, you just can’t miss this natural oasis of the Eternal city.

 

Independence Day Celebrations in Rome: get ready for the Fourth of July!

Independence Day of the United States is annually celebrated on July 4 and it is often known as “the Fourth of July“.

So if you happen to be in Rome or you live here and want to celebrate- we only have 3 days left!- there are a few things to do: even if you are not from US!

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  • Would you like to spend this day with a pic-nic in the park? You can go to Villa Torlonia, near to Tiburtina Rail Station; Villa Borghese, near to Piazza del Popolo or Villa Doria Pamphili, behind Trastevere.
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Villa Torlonia

Happy 4th of July, whatever you choose to do!

Discovering Rome: the 5 things you don’t know about the Appian Way

Via Appia Antica– Ancient Appian Way is one of the earliest road of the Roman Republic: one of the greatest engineering works of all times, which keeps surprising the contemporary world. The road is named after Appius Claudius Caecus, the Roman censor who began and completed the main part in 312 BC.

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It’s definitely worth a visit for almost 5 reasons.

  1. It was the “Regina Viarum“, that means it was considered by Romans as the queen of all streets in the Eternal City. 538 kilometers from Rome to Brindisi, in South Italy.
  2. It was used for different kinds of trips and it is full of history: Horace, Virgil and Maecenas travelled here together.
  3.  Along the Appian Way we can still find some remains and monumental tombs. Rich families used to bury their beloved ones here. The Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella, Capo di Bove, Santa Maria Nova and Villa dei Quintili are some of the most beautiful sites you can visit (buying a ticket).
  4. It is a peaceful place where you can rent a bike or do some outdoor activities, like walking or jogging, surrounded by nature and memories of the Ancient Rome.
  5. You can have an “aperitivo” or a delicious ice-cream at the “Appia Antica Caffè“, a really nice bar in the heart of the Appian Way. Can you imagine enjoying the sunset from such a stunning place, having a drink and relaxing? 

If you are not sure yet, this video might convince you to go! 

 

Grezzo, a very special pastry shop in the heart of Rome

A small but bright place in via Urbana, a street full of restaurants, bars and pubs in the heart of Rome, close to via Cavour and not so far from the Colosseum. Grezzo is an extraordinary pastry shop: all its products are vegan, raw, organic and free of gluten, soy and animal products, dairy included. Even the packaging they use is “earth friendly”.

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Grezzo is cozy and smells good. You can choose among ice-creams, smoothies (with almond milk) and different kinds of biscuits, chocolate bars and desserts. Moreover, they offer free Wi-fi to all their customers.
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We make our products with love, positive energy and human hands in our own pastry laboratory in Rome, where quality control is one of our highest priority. We closely ensure that, without exception, anything and everything we bring to you will always be as pure as possible” they wrote on their website. And you can see the passion they have for this project: Grezzo’s staff is really professional and kind.

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We had a relaxing and pleasant time before a nice walk in Rione Monti.

PS. The donut was superb!

Grezzo-Raw Chocolate, via Urbana 130. Open Monday to Friday from 11 am to 11 pm. Saturdays&Sundays from 11 am to 12 pm.  

Aperitivo, or experiencing real Roman atmosphere

Roman atmosphere. Yes, that’s it. That’s the deep emotion you feel when you discover the fairy corners, the great monuments and the excellent food of Rome. But if you want to experience a true Roman (and also Italian) way of life you must have an “aperitivo“.

Romans love aperitivo, when you can relax after a whole day of work, drinking and eating somenthing just before dinner. Sometimes this “aperitivo” turns into a full dinner, because you can find many things to eat: chips, sandwiches, snacks, pizza, pasta, vegetables,meat and even fish. You can drink Italian wine, beer or a good cocktail.

We often enjoy our “Aperitivo time” at these three places…You could find us there!

MECCANISMO, piazza Trilussa 34

Aperitivo from 6:30 pm until 9 pm.

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In the central Piazza Trilussa, which is the heart of Trastevere, this bistrot can offer you a good cappuccino, a quick lunch or a delicious aperitivo if you like a cozy and calm place. You also have wi-fi to continue planning your holiday…or your next step!

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COFFEE POT,  via Michele di Lando 20 or via del Politeama 12

Aperitivo from 7 pm. 

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We went to the Coffee Pot in piazza Bologna, but there’s another one in Trastevere.  You can drink and eat according to its concept: “sushi, tapas y mezcal”. Music and relax. After your aperitivo, you can stay there to eat or drink somenthing more. Poshy.

MOMART, viale XXI aprile 19

Aperitivo from 6 pm until 10:30 pm.  

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Near to Piazza Bologna, this restaurant has a big space outside and it’s famous among young Romans. It won’t be easy to choose what to eat at its buffet…but you can try anyway. You can spend a nice afternoon or a special night losing yourself in Roman flavours.

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