Sunday, February 5, 2012

ROME!

Am going to Rome with my brother next week!!! Anything I shouldn't miss?

10 comments:

  1. I loved the museum at the Villa Borghese, also I fondly remember their coffee shop, it was the best coffee I have ever had! Anyways, Museo Borghese is in a lovely park and has some of my favorite Bernini sculptures, dude was my hero.

    http://www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/edefault.htm

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  2. If you have yet to go, the Pantheon and Palatine hill/forum, although I'm not sure what the latter is worth in winter... If you like to pretend that you are an Englishman from the Romantic period on your obligatory voyage to Italy, it's the perfect backdrop.

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  3. Lucky lucky girl!

    carciofi alla giudia. Delicious and you'll never eat it anywhere else.

    Wandering aimlessly around Trastevere.

    Villa Giulia.

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  4. If your first time, of course the Pantheon and museums and a Caravaggio pilgrimage (S. Luigi dei Francesi and S. Maria del Popolo, which is full of other lovely things besides. The Galleria Borghese houses several stunning sculptural works (in rooms with playful trompe l'oeil ceilings, so remember to look up!) and a choice painting gallery...entry by reservation only.
    If not your first time, how 'bout some wonderful old churches: S. Maria in Cosmedin (wavy cosmatesque paving, general air of ancientness, and the Bocca della Verità in the entry porch) - not so far from the ghetto, if you decide to look for the carciofi as Natasha suggests. S. Clemente, with three visitable levels (below the current church are the remains of an earlier one, and below that, the Mithraeum) S. Pudenziana and S. Prassede, both nearish S. Maria Maggiore: S. Prassede has a great apse mosaic showing the two sisters (Prassede and Pudenziana) being greeted to the sainthood by some apostles, and the Pope donating the church wearing a square halo (indicating he was still living at the time the work was made). S. Pudenziana is 20-some steps below the modern street - always an enticing way to start, and features an amazing apse mosaic done in a very naturalistic style...it dates to the Roman period (that rigidly-posed Byzantine mosaic style was still several centuries in the future) and with an ancient Roman cityscape as a backdrop. More of a trek (you'll need to take a bus) is the S. Agnese fuori le Mura - S. Costanza complex. S. Agnese is pretty and offers tours of the catacombs underneath, but S. Costanza is the real star, with more late-Roman mosaics in the circular ambulatory, featuring all kinds of "pagan" imagery.
    For something more recent, there's the Coppedè quarter, really just a piazza, surrounded by handful of exceedingly decorative buildings.

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  5. Lucky lucky you!

    Absolutely the Pantheon and the bar Tazza d'Oro just by it.

    If you've been to Rome and seen the usual sites before you could head out to the EUR district for a bit of Fascist architecture!
    S.

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  6. Ooo since Cathleen is listing churches San Pietro in Vincoli has Michelangelo's Moses along with Rachel and Leah and Santa Maria della Vittoria has The Ecstasy of St. Teresa by Bernini with the witnesses in theater-like boxes at the sides.

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  7. Cathleen har redan listat kulturmonumenten Pantheon, S. Prassede och S. Maria Maggiore. I närheten av Pantheon finns glassbaren La Palma – gå dit. I närheten av Palazzo dell'Opera på Via del Viminale ligger ett litet hål i väggen som heter Er Buchetto, ett mycket enkelt ställe. Där finns världens godaste Porchettagris och vitt vin i kran. Ägaren som jag känt sedan jag var sexton dog förra året, föll på sin post så att säga, och nu har hans son Alessandro tagit över – gå dit. Sen borde man väl inte missa Zaha Hadids Maxxi?

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  8. If the weather's find, here is a kind of treasure hunt: where to see bits of ancient Roman stonework repurposed in later buildings.
    http://www.revealedrome.com/2012/01/treasure-hunt-for-ancient-rome-ruins-pictures.html

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  9. oops, that should be "if the weather's fine". Sigh.

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  10. Just saw this and thought of you too:

    http://www.yesandyes.org/2012/02/mini-travel-guide-rome-italy.html

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