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curiosità roma

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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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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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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Piazza Farnese discloses like a majestic flower at the end of the narrow Via dei Baullari, in the very heart of ‘Regola’ district, and is dominated by the imposing size of the beautiful Palazzo Farnese - now the French embassy - built by Antonio da Sangallo, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Vignola and Giacomo della Porta. Here, in...
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The picturesque fountain standing in the center of Piazza della Chiesa Nuova, along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, is confidentially called by Romans, "the tureen". It was designed and sculpted by Giacomo Della Porta, who completed it in 1590. Originally, the fountain was located in Campo de ’Fiori, where now towers the monument of philospher Giordano Bruno....
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For the Romans, the dome of Saints Peter’s Basilica is, confidentially, ‘er cuppolone’, meaning the huge dome. Similarly, the beautiful 17th-century fountain of Aqua Paola, on the top of the Janiculum, is known as ‘er fontanone’, the huge fountain. Its construction was commissioned by Pope Paul V, intending to solve the long-standing problem of water...
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