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WHAT’S ON IN ROME: Portaportese , the market of Rome.

Portaportese Sunday market is the largest and most famous of the capital. It stretches from Via Portuensis to Via Ippolito Nievo, reaching up to Viale Trastevere and of course the square from which it takes its name , place of Portaportese . One of those places that , due to the massive turnout , can boast hardworking illegal parking. Like any self-respecting market opens very early , around 6:00 , then unmount all around 14:00. Portaportese is so big and diverse that you can find everything from used clothes and new sandwiches with sausage and (more…)

ROME SIGHTSEEING: the eclectic style of the neighborhood Coppedé.

In the heart of Rome, a stone’s throw from the historic center is one of the most characteristic districts of the city. In fact not a real neighborhood, but a corner of Rome featured unexpected and bizarre, a fantastic mix of art Nouveau , Art Deco , with infiltration of Greek art , Gothic, Baroque and even medieval. Let’s talk about Coppedè , a complex of 26 buildings and 17 villas located between the Via Salaria and the Nomentana. An ” arch ” that connects the two richly decorated palaces of the ambassadors, from which (more…)

ROME SIGHTSEEING: The illusion of Borromini

Our capital is perhaps the most beautiful city in the world, with an unparalleled artistic and archaeological heritage, and the more we think we know his secrets , his hidden alleys or the oldest stories that have made it so charming, the more we discover which still has many mysteries. One of them is concealed in the Palazzo Spada, near Piazza Farnese and Campo de ‘ Fiori, where a sworn enemy of the architect Bernini, Francesco Borromini , has created between 1652 and 1653 the Perspective Gallery . The Palazzo Spada is extremely interesting not (more…)


The Savoy Stables , located within the complex of the Quirinal in large Fabricated built by the architect. Antonio Cipolla in 1874 are preserved specimens of the most representative collection of carriages . The teams took the court of Savoy replaced the stables were built on the Quirinal by the popes in the eighteenth century became too small. It was decided to build a large building in the shape of an “L ” that came to define the entire north-western border of the complex of the Quirinal. The new building was large enough to contain (more…)


Finally back to be visited with special permission, the most extraordinary example of an ancient Roman Insula : The Insula of the Ara Coeli. The building, located at the foot of the Capitol, is formed on the first floor, from tabernae that open into a courtyard surrounded by a portico with pillars and the upper floors show numerous apartments gradually coming ever closer to the last floor. A fascinating place to enjoy a guided tour led by skilled archaeologists that will take you, then, to discover a subterranean Rome until now inaccessible to the public. (more…)

ROME SIGHTSEEING: The Roman factory of dreams

  Seventy-six years of Cinecitta for about four thousands movies . Even today, the name Cinecittà arouses special interest : it is a symbol , a kind of talisman that opens the curiosity of the public who does not get tired of wanting to know how did this legend and how you can revisit. Cinecittà accompanies most of the history of Italian cinema in the years from 1937 to 1943-44 until production was suspended for the Second World War, as they were preparing the great directors of neorealism. Studies of Tuscolana had arisen with the (more…)

ROME SIGHTSEEING: Non-Catholics Cemetery in Rome

The “Non-Catholics Cemetery” in Rome, once known as “Cemetery of foreigners “,”Protestant Cemetery ” or even ” Cemetery of artists and poets ,” is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful locations in the world. The area where the cemetery is located , between Porta San Paolo and the Testaccio, still in the 700 and up to the early ‘s 800 was part of the Agro Romano . It was known just as “the meadows of the Roman people”. According to the legislation of the Papal States , no Protestant could be buried in (more…)

ROME SIGHTSEEING: San Carlino alle quattro fontane

The church was built between 1634 and 1644 by Francesco Borromini. This architect Swiss , who arrived in Rome around 1620 had already collaborated on the Canopy of St. Peter and the nearby Palazzo Barberini . The church is located on the corner of the Quattro Fontane and can be considered one of the finest examples of Baroque architecture. The church and convent complex are characterized by surprisingly small size and simplicity of the materials, in accordance with the rule and the spirituality of the monks who commissioned it . The church has a superposition (more…)