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Prince Giovanni Torlonia Jr. was the scion of two of the most illustrious Italian families: the Borgheses, on his father’s side, and the Torlonias of the maternal branch. Born in Rome in 1873, founder of the Bank of Fucino, proponent of the recovery of the port of Trajan, and senator of the Kingdom of Italy...
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If you believe that finger food, fast food restaurants, bistros and pubs are a prerogative of the modern era, then take a ride in the extraordinary archaeological area of Ostia – the harbor city of ancient Rome, which, during 2nd century AD, at the time of its greatest expansion, could count on a population of...
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Written sources give us no information about the life and activity of Lorenzo Manilio: we do not know who he was, nor what he did to live, nor how his family was composed. But one thing is certain: Lorenzo Manilio must have had a great consideration of himself, and an even greater affection for his...
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In art, the term "anamorphosis" indicates a strongly distorted image acquiring a "sense" only when placed in the correct point of view. Two beautiful and amazing examples - though unfortunately little known – can be admired in the convent of Trinità dei Monti, which houses the Institute of the Ladies of the Sacred Heart and...
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The facade of Sain Peter’s basilica displays five bronze doors matching the five gates of the atrium. Four of them have been molded by major contemporary sculptors: starting from the right we find the Holy Door by Vico Consorti, the Door of the Sacraments by Venanzo Crocetti; the Gate of Good and Evil by Luciano...
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Skyscrapers seem to embody the very essence of modernity: we associate them with the hectic life of the great metropolises, the epicenter of business and pleasures. And this is the truth indeed, considering that, the idea of exploiting the space in height – rather than in width – in order to give accommodation to as...
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The foundation of the hospital of Holy Spirit in Sassia, one of the oldest in Europe, dates back to the 12th to 13th century, and is linked to the will of Pope Innocent III (1161 – 1216). The pontiff ordered the construction of a hospital along the banks of the Tiber, not only to offer...
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You probably saw it hundreds of times, in the chaothic traffic of Piazza San Giovanni, just behind the Scala Santa… everyone knows, at least by sight, the Triclinium Lateranensis, or Leoninum, but few know its origin and function. This unique monument is all that survives of a sumptuous banquet hall (the triclinium) built by Pope...
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Just like ours, the day of an ancient Roman was punctuated by three main meals: breakfast (ientaculum), midday breakfast (prantium) and evening dinner (dinner). As in the Greek world, it was the latter that actually represented the authentic meal, the very moment when Romans met with family or friends at the end of a hard...
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The beautiful Casino dell’Aurora Pallavicini is part of the architectural complex of Palazzo Pallavicini Rospigliosi, on the top of the Quirinal Hill. The Casino, which overlooks the Piazza del Quirinale and the Fountain of the Dioscuri, was erected between 1612 and 1613 at the behest of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who entrusted the construction to the...
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