Merry Christmas and happy new year to you all from Rome!
Merry Christmas and happy new year to you all from Rome!
Enjoy a wonderful experience walking through the streets of the ancient city of Ostia. You’ll find yourself back two thousand years, immersed in a wonderful Mediterranean vegetation and in all the monumental remains of the main commercial port of the entire region.
It seems that this fortified citadel was one of the first inhabited settlements in Rome (it is said it was founded by Anco Marzio) which expanded from a small center with a basic function for fleets, gaining importance and prestige, thanks to the commercial activities and the guidance of Augustus .
Preserved in perfect condition, it can be defined as a sort of Roman Pompeii and it gives us a very clear idea of ancient daily life: laundries, private houses and buildings, shops, even a fire station are still standing, together with public buildings , baths, temples and theaters.
You will discover how the inhabitants of an ancient Roman city lived, then we leave the rest to your curiosity. We bet you will be enchanted!
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The Romans flee the city in the sultry summer months, but there are many reasons to hang around, beat the heat, avoid the crowds and spend a beautiful summer in Rome.
Cool off with the “grattachecca”.
La granita di Roma is a cup of freshly shaved ice with syrup on top.
The Sora Maria in Prati is the most known place that serves today the “grattachecca”, but you can also find it in a handful of other stalls, including the Tram Depot in Testaccio and Sora Mirella in Trastevere.
Ascent to Monte Mario
This mini-excursion (about 20 minutes uphill) takes place on a winding path up to the highest hill in Rome to be rewarded with a spectacular view of the city with an ice cream or a coffee on the Lo Zodiaco lookout.
From 6.00 pm in the capital, thanks to the event Tevere expo 2019, the nightlife comes alive: the river light up to parties and you can enjoy the popular side of the city among stalls, cultural events, shows, restaurants and events.
An evening at the theater
At the ancient ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, once the public baths of the city, the opera house of Rome is a series of highly successful shows that overwhelm the works La traviata and Carmen, the ballet Romeo and Juliet and the concerts of Björk, James Taylor and Joan Baez.
If you prefer the theater, don’t miss the Shakespeare season at The Globe in Villa Borghese, a faithful reproduction of the original in London.
Rome hosts the second edition of the Formula E electric car race on 13 April at 16:00 with 22 battery-powered electric cars battling it out on the streets of the city’s EUR suburb.
The day of the second E-Prix in Rome will start at 7:00 am on April 13th with the opening of the gates to all the participants. Many activities on the track, with the official test sessions and qualification of the Formula E from 7:30 am that will leave space at 14:00 to the race of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the first series in the world of international racing for electric cars In production, the drivers will compete on board modified Jaguar I-PACE.
You can buy any type of ticket by visiting the Formula E website in the section dedicated to the E-Prix of Rome, at the following links: http://fiaformulae.com/rome-tickets and https://www.ticketone.it
Rome is full of picturesque buildings, squares and fountains, but there is a particular neighborhood that not only deserves to be called picturesque, but also seems to embody the definition of the word. In reality it is not a real neighborhood, but a corner of Rome with unexpected and bizarre features which takes its name from the flamboyant architect who designed it between 1913 and 1927, Gino Coppedè, and it is one of the most exclusive and smallest neighborhoods in Rome.
What makes this area so fascinating, anyway, is its delightful mix of architectural styles: taking inspiration from medieval styles, ancient Greeks, Art Nouveau, neoclassical and baroque, the architect built a residential area that makes you feel like you entered in a world of fantasy and magic. The whole of the buildings, the incredible “pastiche” of architectural languages, which immerse the visitor in the sumptuous atmosphere, and even a little fictitious, of the early ‘900 is articulated around Piazza Mincio, where the central space is occupied by the Fontana delle Rane, an imposing fountain populated by 12 frogs, also known for the bath the Beatles had dressed after their concert in the nearby Piper nightclub.
The entire neighborhood is located between Piazza Buenos Aires and Via Tagliamento – and although it is out of the way, it is still easy to reach, either by tram 3 or tram 19, both with stops at Piazza Buenos Aires.
It’s worth a visit!
The Centrale Montemartini is located along the Via Ostiense on the left bank of the Tiber in front of the former Mercati Generali and it is an extraordinary example of an industrial archeology building, first public plant for the production of electricity converted in a museum. It is in fact the second exhibition pole of the Capitoline Museums and houses a considerable part of the sculptures of classical antiquity that came to light during the excavations carried out in Rome between the end of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century.
The exhibition reconstructs the ancient monumental complexes tracing the development of the city from the Republican age up to the late imperial one with significant episodes often almost unknown to the general public, as about the huge mosaic with hunting scenes from S. Bibiana.
The great rooms of the Centrale and in particular the Machine Room with its precious Art Nouveau furniture, preserve unaltered turbines, Diesel engines and the colossal steam boiler: the ancient marbles shine for their brilliance and refinement of carving in this fascinating and suggestive scenery and in this atmosphere which recalls on one side the monumental grandeur of ancient Rome and on the other a more recent past and the memory of one of the first Roman industrial environments.
Hidden in the heart of the city, the Jewish Ghetto is one of the best attractions in Rome and also one of the least known. Being the oldest Jewish community in all of Europe, this beautiful and thriving neighborhood is the hub of the city’s history and of the Jewish faith.
The Ghetto was founded in 1555 in the Sant’Angelo district, near the river Tiber in the southern part of Campo de ‘Fiori. Its borders were established in a papal bull along with various discriminatory laws on which professions Jews could and could not do. One of the accepted professions, that of selling fish, still lends its name to the streets in the area of the old fish market.
Although the neighborhood now has some of the highest property prices in Rome, the original Jewish Ghetto was walled up and crowded. It was built on a low malarial land subject to regular floods from the Tiber: life was hard until the walls of the Ghetto were demolished in 1888.
Jewish culture grew and prospered in the Roman Ghetto, but the district also witnessed one of the most excruciating episodes of Nazi occupation during the Second World War when the Nazi soldiers, October 16, 1943, entered the neighborhood and deported among the 1,000 and 2,000 people. Only 16 survived.
Over the years the area has become a beautiful neighborhood full of kosher restaurants, churches and synagogues that combine Jewish culture with the grandeur of Roman architecture.
The ruins of the enormous ancient Portico, the Portico d’Ottavia, rise from below 20 feet below street level, at the same time a testimony to the history and times of change.
The appointment with the prestigious Six Nations tournament is back to the Olympic Stadium in Rome, in a calendar featuring the four National British Isles (Wales, England, Ireland and Scotland) to which France and Italy will join.
There are three internal matches that mark the 6 Nations calendar for Italy: at the Stadio Olimpico the Azzurri will challenge Wales (9 February), Ireland (24 February), defending champions of the Six Nations 2018, and France (16 March).
Here the complete Six Nations calendar:
|Friday 1 February||France v Galles||20||Stade de France|
|Scotland v Italy||14.15||Murrayfield|
|Saturday 2 February||Ireland v England||16.45||Aviva Stadium|
|Saturday 9 February||Scotland v Ireland||14.15||Murrayfield|
|Italy v Galles||16.45||Stadio Olimpico|
|Sunday 10 February||England v France||15||Twickenham|
|Saturday 23 February||France v Scotland||14.15||Stade de France|
|Galles v England||16.45||Principality|
|Sunday 24 February||Italy v Ireland||15||Stadio Olimpico|
|Saturday 9 March||Scotland v Galles||14.15||Murrayfield|
|England v Italy||16.45||Twickenham|
|Ireland v France||15||Aviva Stadium|
|Saturday 16 March||Italy v France||12.30||Stadio Olimpico|
|Galles v Ireland||14.45||Principality|
|England v Scotland||17.00||Twickenham|
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For more information about the Six Nations 2019 visit the official website
The historic 42.195km race will take place on April 7th with the Colosseum as the main protagonist: the departure is scheduled at 8:30 am from Via dei Fori Imperiali and the arrival also in the imperial road coming from Via di San Gregorio.
The route, which includes most of the heart of the Eternal City and its magnificent monuments as backdrop, makes the Rome International Marathon a unique sporting event in the world!
Here is the race course
To the competitive race of 42.195km is combined the Stracittadina non-competitive 5km, which offers citizens and tourists the opportunity to experience the historic center of Rome by participating in a major international event. It will start also from via dei Fori Imperiali, a few minutes after the marathon, with a route that will unfold through the imperial Rome, passing from Piazza Venezia and Teatro di Marcello and arriving at the Circus Maximus where the final party will take place.
If you need more information or if you want to register for the race, go to the official website of the 25th Rome International Marathon
Christmas is the right time to get lost in the alleys full of decorations of the historic center discovering churches and cribs. It would not take a lifetime to visit all the thousands of churches in Rome and see the cribs that each church hosts during the holidays, but here are some you can’t really miss:
The 2018 edition of 100 Presepi, Rome’s international nativity crib exhibition, has moved to Via della Conciliazione in the Vatican. Each year 100 Presepi hosts some 150 Nativity scenes from Italy and more than 40 other countries. In addition to contemporary reproductions of traditional 18th-century Neapolitan and Sicilian cribs, and 19th-century Roman mangers, there are modern versions made from wood and terracotta, as well as unconventional materials such as sand, rice and metal. The 43rd edition of 100 presepi is being held at Sala S. Pio X on Via della Conciliazione until 13 January.
Vatican Nativity scene:
This year the Vatican’s giant Nativity scene at St Peter’s Square was built using 720 tons of compacted sand from Jesolo near Venice. Professional sand artist Rich Varano was the artistic director of the project and he spent two weeks constructing the life-size scene, accompanied by three sand sculptors from the Czech Republic, Holland and Russia.
Living Nativity at Porta Asinaria:
There is a presepe vivente, with real people, at Porta Asinaria, in Piazza di Porta S. Giovanni, beside the basilica. The living Nativity scene can be visited every afternoon from 16.00-20.00 from 23 December to 13 January. Highlights include the arrival of an expectant Mary with camel on 23 December, with Baby Jesus making an early appearance on 24 December, while the Magi are expected on 6 January in time for the Epiphany.
S. Maria in Via:
A traditional-style crib can be found each year in the church of S. Maria in Via off Largo Chigi, in the city centre, which for the last six decades has housed the work of Italian members of the global crib-building association Amici del Presepio.