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Amalfi, Positano şi Sorento, perlele rivierei italiene

Având în faţă priveliştea pitorescă a insulei Capri, această porţiune a coastei mediteraneene are plaje însorite şi drumuri fantastice, care şerpuiesc printre livezi de lămâi şi terase. Oraşelele sunt la fel de spectaculoase ca drumurile care le leagă. Casele sunt înghesuite una în alta pe versantul muntelui, cu spaţiu între ele doar pentru câteva trepte, […]

Palatul Caserta, Versailles-ul Italiei: 1.200 de camere şi grădini mai mari decât la Paris

Regele Neapolelui, Carlos Sebastian (Carol al VII-lea) şi-a dorit să îşi marcheze statutul de descendent al Regelui Soare (Ludovic al XIV-lea) printr-un palat care să concureze faimosul Versailles. Pentru aceasta, Carol al VII-lea a ales o zonă rurală la 20 km de Napoli, pe atunci un oraş de maximă importanţă pe continent. Palatul Regal existent […]

Fontana di Trevi, cel mai romantic loc din Roma

Alături de Piazza di Spagna, de Coloseum, Vatican sau Palatul Victor Emanuel (din Piaţa Veneţia), Fontana di Trevi e o importantă atracţie turistică, de neratat atunci când vizitezi Roma. Numele fântânii nu vine de la un personaj anume, aşa cum ne-am putea imagina, ci de la două cuvinte italieneşti, care înseamnă “trei drumuri”. Şi într-adevar, […]

Spanish Steps in Rome, being romantic in a crowded place

For anyone who visits Rome, Plazza di Spagna is one of the loveliest places to be in, and it would be a very romantic scenery if only another million people wouldn’t have had the same urge at the same time. As it is the case with Fontana di Trevi, Scalinata is a perfect place to […]

Școala din Atena, capodopera lui Rafael: Renașterea face o plecăciune în fața antichității grecești

Pentru Renaștere, Grecia antică era modelul suprem. Sau, pentru a folosi un concept platonic, întreaga epocă era o anamneză, procesul de reamintire a celei mai frumoase arte produse vreodata, a unei perioade cu dezbateri fecunde, într-o societate deschisă și animată de curiozitate. Astfel, când Papa i-a cerut lui Rafael, care avea doar 27 de ani, […]

Columna lui Traian de la Roma, monumentul din care românii au aflat cele mai multe lucruri despre daci

Pentru Roma, cucerirea Daciei a fost un eveniment atât de important, încât împăratul Traian a plătit un festival desfășurat în Coloseum timp de 123 de zile. Urmând dictonul latin Pâine și circ, a fost un spectacol grandios: 10.000 de gladiatori au înfruntat 11.000 de animale sălbatice. Dacă am păstra proporțiile, ar trebui să ne închipuim […]

Napoleon Bonaparte, o personalitate care dovedește că de la geniu la genocid nu e decât un pas

Pentru unii, Napoleon e unul dintre cei mai străluciți oameni care au trăit vreodată, un legislator vizionar și un cuceritor îndrăzneț. Pentru alții, Corsicanul a fost doar un tiran nemilos, a cărui obsesie pentru război și putere a produs un genocid estimat la 6 milioane de morți. Nu doar francezii îi cultivă amintirea. Un muzeu […]

Villa Borghese, the magnificent gardens of Rome

The Pincian Hill may not be one of the famous seven hills of ancient Rome, but today is the most pleasant one, as it hosts the finest park in the city. To imagine a person as rich and powerful as to have something like that as a week-end domain is enough to give us head-spins. […]

Basilica di San Francesco di Paola, the Pantheon of Naples

Though it is one of the iconic and imposing churches in Naples, the Basilica is dedicated to one of the most humble saints of Italian Middle Ages. Francesco di Paola followed on the steps of modesty of his model Francisc of Assisi and of several recluse monks of the Oriental Christianity. Francis of Paola was […]

Anglican church in Rome

Though it is a recent work, the Anglican Church on Via Nazionale in Rome was included on the Italian national monuments’ list, thanks to the work of three artists, two English and one American. The mosaics they created manage to give the church of St Paul’s Within Walls the convincing appearance of a centuries old […]

The Dome of Naples

The largest cathedral in Naples resembles on the outside with the more famous and more grandiose dome of Milan. It is this facade, remade in the XX century by Errico Alvino that is the most valuable architectural element of it, and numerous sculptors contributed with statues for this exterior. The liberty of individual artists and […]

Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri

This church, found in Piazza de la Repubblica, was incorporated into the baths of Diocletian by two great architects. The first one was Michelangelo Buonarroti and the second one was Luigi Vanvitelli, the architect of Caserta Palace, near Naples. So the entrance of the church maintains the unsuspected shape of a ruin wall from an […]

San Giovanni Laterano, the real cathedral of Rome

When people hear “the cathedral of Rome” usually think of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, from where the Pope delivers the Easter benediction. Well, in fact St Peter’s is not a cathedral at all, it’s a “regular” church, despite its architectural and historical value. The term cathedral comes from the Latin word for seat, […]

Museo di Roma in Palazzo Braschi

Palazzo Braschi was built in the 18 century by the duke Luigi Braschi Onesti. Under the Napoleonic occupation of Rome, duke Braschi was declared mayor of the city. Donated to the Italian state, the palace was used by Benito Mussolini as his headquarters. The most important architectural piece of the palace is the monumental marble […]

Inside the Pantheon, the surviving temple of ancient Rome

The Pantheon was a pagan temple dedicated to all gods, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa. It was meant to impress by its unprecedented dimensions and shape and was heavily decorated, in contrast with the austere interior we see now. It was probably very colorful, with stars painted on the ceiling, statues in every niche and golden […]

Roman forum in the ancient Rome

The forum was the most important public place in ancient Rome, an open space surrounded by columns and statues of revered historic figures, in which the local elite could meet to discuss politics, raise popular support, take part in elections and make commerce. Temples and political institutions surrounded the forum. A term somewhat misleading for […]

The work of young Michelangelo together with precious saint relics in a church museum

Michelangelo Buonarroti is one of the greatest artists of all times, with sculptures that almost touch perfection, like David (found in Florence), Moses (part of the tomb of Pope Julius II in the church San Pietro in Vincoli, Rome) or Pieta (found inside St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican). His paintings also made history, as […]

The statue of the priest Laocoon in Vatican Museum

Though he appears only briefly in the Iliad, the Trojan priest Laocoon comes to represent the voice of reason. He is the one that warns the Trojans of the wooden horse trick that would lead to the destruction of the city. The Trojan war is the most important and most complex myth of ancient Greek […]

St Andrew’s Church in Amalfi, a place where Byzantine art meets Italian Renaissance

According to tradition, St Andrew was the first among the twelve apostles to be called by Jesus to preach His teachings. Andrew was also a fisherman, like his brother, Peter, the founder of the Church. They both spread the Gospel in the Greeko-Roman world and suffered a martyric death, choosing a different shape of the […]

Vittoriano, a monument glorifying Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of unified Italy

The majestic monument of reunification is at the end of one of the most important boulevard, Via del Corso, close to the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Capitoline and Palatine Hill, the most important historic hill of ancient Rome. Thousands of years of history surround us here and this impressive masterpiece rises up to the task […]

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