The Grande Bellezza of Palazzo Sacchetti
Art & Culture (le cose belle) / Historical Sites (l'antichità)

The Grande Bellezza of Palazzo Sacchetti

One of the reasons I love Rome is the unexpected beauty you find almost anywhere you look. A hidden park, a frescoed wall, crumbling ruins, and the way light catches on the glass bubble curve of a wine glass. It’s the contrast between the graffiti, the overflowing dumpsters, and psychotic drivers and these pockets, these wells of beauty … Continue reading

Rome’s Romantic Poets with Context Travel
Art & Culture (le cose belle) / Historical Sites (l'antichità) / Opinion & Comment (pensieri e perplessità) / Uncategorized

Rome’s Romantic Poets with Context Travel

An afternoon excursion with Context Travel’s Hilary Bockham covers the history of the Grand Tour and the English Romantic Poets who were forever changed by the eternal city: it’s everything you could want from a walking tour in Rome! Did you know that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein in a horror story competition? That John Keats … Continue reading

4 Museums for a Rainy Day in Rome
Art & Culture (le cose belle) / Happening Now (quel che succede oggi)

4 Museums for a Rainy Day in Rome

Readymade at the Gagosian, Impressionism at The Ara Pacis and Museo Palazzo Cipolla, and Nomachi photography at MACRO Testaccio. In a city like Rome, where a walk down any number of streets can lead you past classical statuary or opulent Baroque fountains, ensconcing oneself in a museum for the afternoon can sometimes feel redundant. Why pay … Continue reading

Cake design at Babington’s and shopping in Piazza di Spagna
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Cake design at Babington’s and shopping in Piazza di Spagna

Rediscovering the beauty of the Spanish Steps and falling in love with Babington’s Tea Room It’s not that I avoid Piazza di Spagna, exactly. I’m as in awe of it as anybody with functioning eyeballs, it’s just that it’s hard to catch it at a moment when it’s not packed to the gills with other … Continue reading

If you’re in any of these piazzas this weekend… Buy a pepper plant in support of autistic children!
Happening Now (quel che succede oggi)

If you’re in any of these piazzas this weekend… Buy a pepper plant in support of autistic children!

Today, tomorrow, and Sunday – the 4th, 5th, and 6th of October, 2013 – if you’re in any of the below piazzas, you can take part in the movement to help support autistic children. The association Una Breccia nel Muro, as well as the pediatric hospital of Rome Bambino Gesù, have put together this event … Continue reading

Art & Culture (le cose belle) / Holidays & Festivals (festeggiamo) / Music & Nightlife (dove c'è la musica è tutto bello) / Sports

This Weekend in Rome: November 18th – November 20th

Friday: Road to Ruins, a twelve year old punk rock festival named for the Ramones album, is adding a cinematic component this year with the Road to Ruins Film Festival, opening tonight at the Cinema Farnese.  This historic theater near Campo de’ Fiori will play host to a series of rock documentaries from now until Thursday … Continue reading

Art & Culture (le cose belle) / Music & Nightlife (dove c'è la musica è tutto bello) / Sports

This Weekend in Rome: October 14-16

Friday: The Romaeuropa festival continues tonight with Mario Brunello presenting a contemporary look at Bach’s “The Art of Fugue” at the Palladium.  Tickets are 25 euro to catch the violinist take on JSB’s enigma (said to be based on Pythagorean philosophical principles – whatever that means?) with accompanying visual effects. Saturday: Parla Food and VinoRoma … Continue reading