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June 9, 2019

The streets of Rome!

So for lack of a better name, my creative genious only allows to mention this post as the streets of Rome! Indeed it is always refreshing to walk any city and those you visit seems to give oneself a positive feeling on life and the bounties of our Earth.

I have come to Rome several times over the years in France and if you have read my blog, one of my pastimes is to get lost on the city streets on foot. Above ground you see more and its better for you  ok. Well Rome was no difference whether on business or with the family vacation I walk. The family always remarks that I walk and don’t even look back lol! Well I am looking at the architecture as I go by always fascinating if I could only been an architect lol! (well its runs in the family we have them!).

I have written on the monuments before in my blog and there are numerous indeed as Rome should be. However, let me try to remind me of my wonderful walks on some areas/streets of Rome on this post. Follow me, you just need to keep up lol! And of course for info’s sake I will rely this time a bit on Wikipedia!, and my own memory lol!

“When in Rome, do as the Romans do”…that saying is so true especially when you look at the impressive architecture lining the streets of this ancient city. Walking along the streets of Rome we were able to appreciate the modern day version of Roman architecture, yet still maintaining a distinctive reflection on Italian Renaissance style. Colorful and vibrant facades combined with the aforementioned intricate details ensure that these back streets maintain their timeless charm. How could you ever get bored of exploring these narrow, cobblestone streets? The simple answer, never!

Let me give you some of my favorite spots when walking in Rome business or pleasure!

Via Cavour, is a street in the Castro Pretorio rione of Rome, named after Camillo Cavour. It is served by the Rome Metro stations Cavour and Termini.Wonderful

Piazza Colonna is a square that owes its name to the column of Marcus Aurelius which is located at this place since antiquity and which also gives the name to rione Colonna, of which belongs the square. It is located on the central axis of via del Corso, near Montecitorio and the Pantheon, not far from Piazza Venezia.

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Via della Conciliazione (Conciliation Street) is a major street in the Rione of Borgo, leading to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican City. Around 500 meters in length, it connects Saint Peter’s Square to the Castel Sant’Angelo near  the Tiber River. The road was constructed between 1937 and 1950, and it is the primary access route to the Square. In addition to shops and residences, it is bordered by a number of historical and religious buildings and palaces , including the Palazzo Torlonia, the Palazzo dei Penitenzieri and the Palazzo dei Convertendi, and the Church of Santa Maria in Traspontina.

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Via del Corso , commonly known as the Corso, is the main street running through the historical center of the city.  The northern portion of the street is a pedestrian area. The length of the street is roughly 1.5 km.

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Via dei Fori Imperiali is a road in the center of the city that runs in a straight line from the Piazza Venezia to the Colosseum.  The road, whose original name was “Via dell’Impero”, was built during the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini. Its course takes it over parts of the Forum of Trajan, Forum of Augustus and Forum of Nerva, parts of which can be seen on both sides of the road.

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Via di Santa Sabina, this charming street runs along the top of the Aventine Hill, and is full of history and beauty. At one end is the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta and the secret keyhole, while the other end leads to a rose garden and the Circus Maximus. On the way you’ll pass the intriguing Churches of Sant’Alessio and Santa Sabina, and the Giardino degli Aranci or orange garden, which is renowned as the most romantic and scenic park in Rome. The park offers spectacular views of St Peter’s Basilica and the rooftops of Rome. Indeed one of the highlights of our walks but steep hilly climb ok.

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It is really hard to name one street close to Fontana di Trevi worthier than another, simply because the entire area is full of life and joy, including very nice restaurants, cafeterias, and ice cream places. After that, if you are lucky, you can enjoy the sun next to the fountain and throw your coin to ensure your return to Rome! Of course, do it!

Via dei Condotti and Via Frattina  are two of the intersection  that lead to the Piazza di Spagna, these shopping streets known for the presence of luxury boutique, where you can find many prestigious brands such as Dior, Versace Prada etc. The other side Via dei Coronari that most antique collections is shown. There are shops and galleries with antique furniture and objects, art decò, oriental art. historical sewing workshops and handicrafts made in Italy. This street which surrounds Piazza Navona, was the first rectilinear road open in the medieval city by Pope Sixtus IV in view of the Jubilee of 1475. Via Condotti This street perpendicularly connects Via del Corso to the Piazza di Spagna. It was opened in 1554, at the will of Pope Paul III Farnese, The route along Via dei Condotti is marked by an important step from the point of view of the relationship of the Holy City with the Catholic countries, the chiesa della SS. Trinità degli Spagnoli.

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Via del Tritone ,passing through the Galleria Alberto Sordi, there is the commercial center of Rinascente. A busy area of the Food Hall with two magnificent rooftop terraces, and with only one element: a real archeological site with the remains of the Virgin inaugurated by “Emperor Auguste in 19 BC.

The Piazza Navona  ,on one side of the square Via del Governo Vecchio offering historic shops where to find clothes of the 60’s and 70’s with a great flea market. Piazza Navona is a beautiful square that inhabits a space once occupied by a stadium built by Domitian in the 1C AC. It was then paved and lined with palaces and churches in the Baroque period, in particular the Pamphili Palace, built in the 17C.

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Via del Babuino, this is one of the fan-shaped streets starting from Piazza del Popolo, the connecting axis of two of Rome’s most famous squares. It is one of the streets that is particularly marked by some of the most exclusive antique shops in the capital.

And what about some neighborhoods with delightful streets to walk until you drop well plenty to eat and drink along the way lol!

Tourist office of Rome on its squares

The Campo di Marte district is a vast plain between the Tiber and the Quirinal hill. Antically dedicated to Mars, there were magnificent ceremonies, games, and military exercises. Today, this district is home to a wide variety of sites and monuments,

Crossing the neighborhoods of the Campo di Marte and the Campo dei Fiori, the Corso Vittorio Emmanuele II leads from the Victor Emmanuel II bridge to the Gesù church. This wide avenue also serves the Palace of the Chancellery, the most elegant building of Renaissance Rome, and San Andrea Square.

The Largo di Torre Argentina, in the heart of the Campo di Marte district, is a large archaeological area surrounded by a railing, where remains of four of the oldest temples in Rome are revealed, since they were built in the third and second centuries before Christ. Indeed walking by is very impressive of such oldness in city center.

Piazza di Venezia is the main square where the Corso, a large avenue that plunges into the Campo di Marte district, meets on one side, and Via dei Fori Imperiali on the other, which leads to the imperial and republican forums and to the Coliseum. Around the square are different palaces.

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The Piazza del Campidoglio or Capitol Square is an opportunity to rediscover the genius of Michel Ange, who remastered it in theatrical fashion in 1536. The grand staircase leading to it, is framed by two impressive statues of mythical twins Castor and Pollux.

The Campo dei Flori is one of Rome’s liveliest squares. Indeed, on this old green meadow is held every morning (except Sunday) a market, where we find in particular vegetables and flowers. The rest of the day, you can enjoy its cafes and restaurants. Wonderful are indeed.

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The Piazza del Popolo was converted in the 16C to what was then the northern entrance to the city. Today, it is distinguished by its elliptical shape and the presence of an Egyptian obelisk reported by Augustus, who was previously in the Circo Massimo.

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The Quirinale is one of the seven great hills of Rome. It was already intensely populated in ancient Rome, but the district owes its present appearance to the 17C. Its magnificent baroque monuments are among the most important in the capital.

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On the Piazza dei Barberini square, there are two fountains made by Bernini: the Triton fountain and the Abeilles fountain. There is also the Barberini Palace. It is a perfect starting point for a stroll on the Quirinale Hill, bordered by the Presidential Palace, the Quirinale Palace; this Piazza del Quirinale  square contains several exceptional ornaments like the statues of Castor and Pollux dating from the 4C or the big obelisk.

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Tourist office of Rome in English

As an added bonus, follow the listing of tourist information points in the city of Rome that wil guide in every detail. Hope it helps

Tourist Info Point Termini station-Via Giovanni Giolitti 34, interior building F – track 24, from 8h to 18h45 (Monday-Sunday)  . Tourist Info Point Castel Sant’Angelo-Piazza Pia-from 8h30 to 18h15 (Monday-Sunday).  Tourist Info National Point-Via Nazionale (Palace of Expositions), from 9h30 to 19h (Monday-Sunday) . Tourist Info Point Minghetti-Via Marco Minghetti (corner with Via del Corso), from 9h30 to 19h (Monday-Sunday).  Tourist Info Point Imperial Forums-Via dei Fori Imperiali, from 9h30 to 19h (from 15 to 30 June), from 9h to 20h45 (from 1 to 15 September), from 9h  to 21h45 (from 1 July to 31 August). Tourist Info Point Navona-Piazza delle Cinque Lune (Piazza Navona), from 9h30 to 19h (Monday-Sunday). Tourist Info Point Sonnino-Piazza Sonnino, from 10h30 to 19h45 (Monday-Sunday). Tourist Info Point Ciampino-G.B. Pastine Airport – International arrivals, customs area/baggage claim, from 8h30 to 18h  (Monday-Sunday) .  Tourist Info Point Fiumicino-Leonardo Da Vinci Airport – International arrivals Terminal T3, from 8h to 20h45 (Mon-Sun). Tourist reception Point Campitelli-Piazza Campitelli, from 9h to 18h45 (Monday-Friday; closed on Saturdays and Sundays).  Tourist reception Point Barberini-Tourism Department-training and work, via di San Basilio N. 51, Monday to Thursday from 8h to 18h, Friday from 8h  to 17h.

And there you go some of my favorite spots, I am sure you may have others in the eternal Roma; ciao Romano! Remember to walk the streets of Rome!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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June 9, 2019

Other museums of Rome!

So now I come to you in one all post because even if mentioned them before wrote little and of course Rome has several museums. I have seen some but not all, too many lol! So in order to do justice, I will post here some information on the other museums of Rome we have visited. There are all very interesting if you have the time as we did! Briefly as getting eaten on the memory at wordpress! Enjoy it!

The Carlo Bilotti Museum (Museo Carlo Bilotti) is located in the Orangery of Villa Borghese, at street Viale Fiorello La Guardia. It is a museum of contemporary art belonging to the city of Rome which is part of the project museums park of the Villa Borghese. The museum presents paintings, sculptures and watercolors from the collection donated by Italian-American entrepreneur and collector Carlo Bilotti, including works by Giorgio De Chirico, paintings by Gino Severini, Andy Warhol and Larry Rivers, and a sculpture by Giacomo Manzù. The museum is also equipped to present temporary exhibitions.

The story goes that in 1650, the Orangery was a two-story building with a small tower, covered galleries, a square courtyard decorated with paintings representing figures and landscapes and, in the center of the courtyard, a fountain in the shape of a ship. Subsequently, in addition to the one made under Cardinal Borghese, the building has undergone several changes and has completely lost its original appearance. At the end of the 18C, it was enlarged and decorated, in parallel with the development of the adjacent  Lake Garden. The building was then used for festivities and social events, and was called the “Pavilion of water games” or Casino dei giuochi acqua in Italian, because of the presence of fountains and nymphaea’s in a Baroque style.

In 1849, the building was destroyed during the battle of the Roman Republic. It was then rebuilt with a slightly different shape and without decoration, to accommodate the citrus trees during the winter, a function that earned it its current name. In 1903, when Villa Borghese came into possession of the city of Rome, it served as offices and dwellings; until 1982, it was the seat of a religious institute and offices of the municipality. The building was finally restored and the exterior was painted red to create a museum dedicated to Carlo Bilotti.

Some webpages on the Carlo Bilotti museum here

Official Carlo Bilotti museum

Tourist office of Rome on the museum

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The Pietro Canonica Museum (Museo Pietro Canonica) is located 2 via Pietro Canonica, in the park of Villa Borghese. It is dedicated to the work of Pietro Canonica.

A bit of history I like: The house is mentioned in documents of the 17C, under the name of Gallinaro: ostriches, peacocks and ducks were raised there to provide hunting for the Borghese family. The current name, Fortezzuola, (fortress in Italian) comes from the fact that it represents the walls of the city, in the medieval style. Later, in 1919, the building, which was used as administrative offices, suffered a fire, which decided its subsequent abandonment. In 1926 he was loaned to Pietro Canonica, who reorganized the building and turned the stables into exhibition halls for his work. When the sculptor died in 1959, a first collection of works formed the core of the museum. After the death of his second wife in 1987, the furniture of the residence is donated to the city of Rome, in accordance with his last wishes

This internationally renowned sculptor, music lover and composer himself, was trained in Turin in the late 19C, and then stayed in the European courts, where the aristocracy ordered portraits and memorials. Pietro Canonica  moved to Rome in 1922 and in 1927 managed to get the city’s agreement to use the building that now houses the museum, to make it his home and his studio. In return, the artist agrees to give, after his death, all the works accumulated over the years on this occasion, to make a museum in his name. The museum offers various perspectives from the artist to the visitor: with the private apartment on the first floor, or with the sculptor’s studio on the ground floor. The exhibition halls bring together a large part of his work: from small busts to large equestrian statues, sculptures, drawings, models, and molds, in a collection that is also a journey through the tumultuous history of the late 19C, and the first half of the 20C. It also teaches the various stages and different machining processes in the art of sculpture.

Some webpages on the Pietro Canonica museum are

Official Pietro Canonica museum

Tourist office of Rome on the museum

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The Historical Museum of the Grenadiers of Sardinia ( Museo storico dei Granaliere di Sardegna )is located in Piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme 7 in Rome.This is a military museum but can be visited on tis 15 rooms;nice.

A bit of history I like: The idea of ​​collecting all the historical finds of the grenadiers of Sardinia came in 1899 to the commander of the Secondo Vandero regiment, when the unit was stationed in Piacenza. The following year Colonel Cesare Confalonieri had the same idea and built it in the new Parma office. With the transfer of the brigade to Rome, the two collections were reunited  in 1903 in some rooms of the Ferdinando di Savoia barracks at Termini train Station. Already in 1912, due to the quantity of materials collected, it was deemed appropriate to find a new layout for the museum and the Umberto I barracks in Piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme was suggested as a new location.

The museum is divided into 15 rooms containing weapons of various origins, both Italian and foreign, as well as photographic material relating to WWI, the reasons for the awarding of gold medals for military valor given to grenadiers, plans of the places where they fought, flags and personal items donated by grenadiers themselves or their families. Also on the walls are engraved with gold letters the names of 8,500 grenadiers fallen in all the wars. The itinerary develops illustrating the most significant periods in the history of the military body, starting from its foundation in 1659 until 1870. It continues in the historical memories of the colonial wars of Eritrea (1896) and Libya (1911-1912), while the arms room preserves examples of weapons taken from the enemy during WWI and relics of the countryside of Albania, Greece and Yugoslavia. The itinerary continues in the room reserved for the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and Yugoslavia (1941-1943) and in the one that preserves the memory of the participation of grenadiers to the Resistance. On the first floor is the hall of honor dedicated to the rulers of the House of Savoy, supporters of the grenadier corps since its establishment. Two rooms dedicated to the Italo-Ethiopian war, a room dedicated to Lieutenant Guido Zanetti and one dedicated to the war flags of the regiment complete the museum. Indeed nice.

Some webpages on the Historical Museum of the Grenadiers of Sardinia are

Official army site on the museum of Grenadiers of Sardinia

Official touris office of Rome on the museum

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The Wax Museum of Rome (Museo delle Cere) was founded in 1958 by Fernando Canini, inspired by similar museums in London and Paris. It is located in Piazza dei Santi Apostoli 67, near Piazza Venezia. It is like the third wax museum of Europe and has enormous amount of figures so will just name the rooms here for you. Great area to wandered around and if time come in, nice museum.

Room 1: Hall of the Palazzo Venezia: Room 2: The history of the 20C: Room 3: The great 19C and the Italian poets: Room 4: Characters from the world of entertainment and sport: Room 5: Papal throne: Room 6: The Italian Renaissance and the great inventors: Room 7: Musicians and artists: Room 8: Prehistoric animals and Sleeping Beauty: Room 9: Lenin speaking to Russian peasants; Room 10: Characters of history.

Some webpages on the Wax Museum are

Official Wax Museum of Rome

Tourist office of Rome on the wax museum

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And there you go a handful of nice museums me think off the beaten path but all worth a visit while in Rome;you need time , there are so many nice museums there. I have collected them over time and some more than once. Enjoy the other museums of Rome!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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June 9, 2019

Hyde Park, London of course!

So why not come over the fence oops the sea and see our neighbors in London. It was easy for us because of language and many familiar faces that we enjoyed the trip here with the family. One of the highlights was to walk into Hyde Park from our walk over the city.

I ,again, have written before but feels needs a post of its own for the wonderful Hyde Park of London. Let me tell you my bit of history on it.

Hyde Park is the largest park in central London, as well as one of the nine royal parks of the city, with a length of over two kilometers and almost one kilometer wide. It is in the  Westminster section of London. Only the Serpentine separates it from the Kensington Gardens (see  post), so that they are sometimes considered as part of Hyde Park. Its 140 hectares, added to that of Kensington Gardens spanning 110 hectares, gives a total surface of 250 hectares.

The oldest part of the park belonged to the Ebury Manor and had a surface area of ​​a “hide”, a former English surface unit and varying in soil construction from twenty-four to forty-nine hectares, which gave the name of the park. While Kensington Gardens are largely flat, Hyde Park is slightly hilly.

The grounds of this park once belonged to Westminster Abbey until 1536, when the land was taken over by king Henry VIII. It was in the 17C that this land became a public park. The park hosted the Great Exhibition of 1851, where the Crystal Palace was built for the occasion. But at the end of the exhibition, the palace was dismantled and removed from the park because of the pressure exerted by the citizens.

The park was also home to famous rock concerts: Jethro Tull (1968), The Rolling Stones (1969), Pink Floyd (1970), Roy Harper (1971), Queen (1976), The Cure (2002), Red Hot Chile Peppers (2004), Blur (2009) and Bruce Springsteen (2009). The Beatles photos for the Beatles for Sale album were taken in Hyde Park in the fall of 1964. The Rolling Stones also staged a second concert at Hyde Park in 2013. Hyde Park is also well known for its Speakers’ Corner . The latter is located near Marble Arch. Founded in 1872, it is a space of free expression where everyone can speak freely in front of the audience of the moment.

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The main entrance located southeast of the park, and was built in 1824-25. It is in the form of three vaulted passageways joined by a colonnade, all of a length of about 33 meters. The central passage has a particular fore-body: it is formed of a portico supported by four columns, and is surmounted by a frieze representing a triumphant procession of the navy. The two outer columns of this portico have carved capitals so that they always have two full faces. The grilles closing the passages, are in iron and bronze, decorated with a Greek honeysuckle ornament.

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Some things to see while in Hyde Park are

Facing the main entrance ,see the Apsley House (now the Wellington Museum), the London residence of Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington, another is Hyde Park Corner, in which stands Wellington Arch, a triumphal arch erected in memory of the winner of the Battle of Waterloo. The Serpentine Gallery is located on an unexpected location for a contemporary art gallery: lots of natural light and greenery all around. This part of the park is already part of Kensington Gardens. On the south side is Kensington Palace, in which lived Princess Diana of Wales. (See post).

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We walk here as we were walking all over London after the tube to Leicester Square. However, direct you can take the tube/metro/subway at Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner, line Piccadilly ; Lancaster Gate, Queensway and Marble Arch, Central line.

Some webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Royal Parks on Hyde Park

Tourist office of London on Hyde Park

And there you go, do come to Hyde Park in summer is fantastic the activities around it and be inmerse in the big city lifestyle that is London. Hope you enjoy the brief visit.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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