Sep 30, 2017

Villa Borghese

Around Villa Borghese, beautiful landscape public park, full of Roman ruins, museums (like Borghese Gallery), ancient trees and attractions. In this picture, on the left, you can admire the splendid Temple of Aesculapius. Since the 16th century Villa Borghese is one of the most marvelous public park in Rome (the third largest in the city) and is far 15 minutes walking from our Hotel Montecarlo Roma, your best stay and best guide for the Eternal City

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Sep 29, 2017

Interior of the Basilica

Interior of the amazing Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli, designed by Michelangelo and erected in the 16th century inside the Roman ruins of the Baths of Diocletian (built between 298 and 306 AD), close to our Hotel Montecarlo Roma

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Sep 28, 2017

Little statue of Angel

Interesting angel sculpted in the Basilica Santa Maria degli Angeli, great church erected in the 16th century inside the ruins of Baths of Diocletian (built between 298 and 306 AD), thank to the genius of Michelangelo, very near to our Hotel Montecarlo Roma


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Sep 27, 2017

Tiber at night

The Tiber is the third longest river in Italy, rising at Mount Fumaiolo, in the Appennine Mountais, in central Italy, and flowing 406 km (252 miles) through Umbria, Lazio to the Tyrrhenian Sea. It has achieved lasting fame as the main watercourse of the city of Rome, founded in 753 BC, on its eastern banks. According to the legend, the king Tiberinus  ninth king of Alba Longa, ancient city destroyed by Rome, in the middle of 7th century BC, was drowned while crossing the river, which was afterward called Tiberis river. After his death Jupiter made him a god and guardian spirit of the river, named Tiberinus (god). This gave rise to the standard Roman depiction of the river as a powerfully built reclining river god, with streams of water flowing from his hair and beard. The Tiber river was also believed to be the river into which Romolus and Remus (the former founded Rome) were thrown as infants. The rest is history


Sep 26, 2017

Roof Garden Bar

Some pictures of the new beautiful roof garden bar of Hotel Montecarlo Roma, since 1957 the best three-star hotel in the Eternal City, with services and qualities of a 4 star. Your best stay and best guide for Rome




Sep 25, 2017

Vittoriano

The Vittoriano, the younger monument in the historic center of Rome, built between 1895 and 1911, not far from our Hotel Montecarlo Roma. Picture taken last July, 2017More information and details about the Vittoriano on the blog  of the best stay and best guide for Rome


Sep 24, 2017

Icona di San Camillo

Un'altra foto realizzata da diversa angolazione del magnifico quadro del pittore marchigiano Carlo Maratta (1625 - 1713) che raffigura "Il Crocefisso che conforta San Camillo de Lellis" che potete ammirare all'interna della chiesa barocca SS. Vincenzo e Anastasio, davanti la Fontana di Trevi

Per alcuni secoli la memoria di questa bellissima opera è andata perduta ma grazie ad una lunga e appassionata ricerca dei Padri Camilliani, l'ordine religioso istituito da San Camillo nel 1582, è stata finalmente riscoperta

E' una icona del santo che va oltre la preziosità del magnifico pennello del pittore Carlo Maratta perché rappresenta una vera testimonianza visiva che l'artista marchigiano colse della prima comunità Camilliana, quella che aveva vissuto  e conosciuto profondamente il santo fondatore

Nei prossimi post di questo blog pubblicheremo altre fotografie di questa magnifica icona, la prima dedicata a San Camillo e consegnata alla comunità dei credenti

Per ulteriori dettagli e informazioni visitate qui di seguito i due seguenti link:

L'ICONA DEL MARATTA

IL CROCEFISSO E SAN CAMILLO

Sep 23, 2017

Icona di San Camillo

Se vi capita di andare a Fontana di Trevi, di fronte vi è la splendida Chiesa dei SS. Vincenzo e Anastasio, magnifico esempio del Barocco Romano, costruita tra il 1646 e il 1650. Nel suo interno, in fondo sulla destra, c'è un bellissimo quadro dedicato a San Camillo de Lellis (1550 - 1614) che raffigura il Crocifisso che conforta Padre Camillo, realizzato dal pittore marchigiano, Carlo Maratta (1625 - 1713), figura centrale della pittura romana e italiana della seconda metà del Seicento. A lungo perduta la memoria di questo meraviglioso quadro è stato ritrovato dopo una lunga e appassionata ricerca da parte dei Camilliani, l'ordine religioso istituito da San Camillo nel 1582. Data la sua importanza storica e religiosa e ciò che rappresenta averlo riscoperto merita assolutamente una visita. Il luogo è di fronte alla Fontana di Trevi, non distante dal nostro Hotel Montecarlo Roma, circa 20-25 minuti a piedi


Per ulteriori informazioni vi suggerisco la visita del seguente link: www.camilliani.org

Sep 22, 2017

Fontana di Trevi

La fontana più bella di Roma e una delle più celebri del mondo, realizzata tra il 1732 e il 1762 su una precedente "vasca" realizzata nel Quattrocento, a sua volta costruita sui resti di un antico monumento realizzato nel I secolo a.C. dall'architetto Agrippa, genero dell'imperatore Augusto, per celebrare l'apertura dell'acquedotto Virgo e lo sgorgare delle sue acque nell'Urbe. Il nome Trevi deriva dal fatto che in passato qui esisteva un trivio, cioè tre vie che si diramavano da un unico punto. La Fontana di Trevi è assolutamente la prima meta da visitare della Città Eterna

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Sep 21, 2017

Via della Conciliazione

(From Wikipedia) - Via della Conciliazione (Road of the Conciliation), a famous street in the Rione of Borgo, that roughly 500 metres (1,600 ft) in length, and connects Saint Peter's Square to the Castel Sant'Angelo on the western bank of the Tiber River. The road was constructed between 1936 and 1950, and it is the primary access route to the Square. In addition to shops, it is bordered by a number of historical and religious buildings – including the Palazzo Torlonia, the Palazzo dei Penitenzieri and the Palazzo dei Convertendi, and the churches of Santa Maria in Traspontina and Santo Spirito in Sassia. Despite being one of the few major thoroughfares in Rome able to cope with a high volume of traffic without congestion, it is the subject of much ire both within the Roman community and among historical scholars due to the circumstances under which it was constructed. The area around the church was rebuilt several times following the various Sacks of Rome, and again after having deteriorated due to the loss of prosperity resulting from the Papacy's relocation to Avignon during the 14th century. Through all of these reconstructions, the area in front of the short courtyard of Saint Peter's Basilica remained a maze of densely packed structures overhanging narrow side-streets and alleyways.
Plans were drawn up several times over the years for the construction of a major link between the Vatican City and the centre of Rome; the number of submissions increasing dramatically with the onset of the Italian Renaissance. The first design was submitted by Leone Battista Alberti during the reign of Pope Nicholas V, and formed one of the two perennial designs proposed for the area. Alberti envisioned an "open" plan, consisting of a single voluminous V-shaped boulevard, widest at St. Peter's Basilica itself and tapering as it approached the Tiber. The other scheme of designs submitted by architects was a "closed" plan that would consist of two roads arching outwards in an ellipse, with the Tiber and the Square at opposite ends. Proponents of a closed plan would usually suggest that the space between the two causeways be separated by a colonnade, or by a row of inhabited structures whose designs would be scrutinised and approved by architects employed by the Holy See. Variations on both themes were submitted time and time again. Proponents of an "open" plan included such architects as Giovanni Battista Nolli and Cosimo Morelli. A number of other architects, such as Carlo Fontana, and at least one Pope (Sixtus V) favoured a "closed" design, with a number of streets radiating from the central square, maintaining the "spina", or spine, of the structures of Borgo directly between the square and the Tiber.[9] Neither approach moved beyond sketches and blueprints. Both open and closed designs were considered by the Vatican, but were ultimately discarded for reasons of expense. A thorough examination of the costs of constructing a thoroughfare was made by the Vatican-approved St. Peter's Building Commission in 1651. Their conclusion was that "the cardinals' proposal to demolish all the buildings between the Borgo Nuovo and the Borgo Vecchio for a greater and longer vista to the church" would be infeasible due to inordinately high expropriation costs and vested property interests.

Further momentum was lost when Gian Lorenzo Bernini was commissioned to redesign the terrace in front of the Basilica in 1656. After discarding several sketches, Bernini settled on a colossal open space in the shape of an ellipse. With the potential expense of clearing Borgo, Bernini decided instead to make use of the warren of poorly maintained medieval buildings to obscure any view of the Vatican structures from any significant distance. In this way, pilgrims emerged from the relative darkness of the city into the vast open space and grandeur of the Square and its surrounding buildings – a sight calculated to inspire awe in first-time visitors to the Holy See's seat of power. Bernini had originally planned to demolish a square roughly 100 m to a side directly in front of the square, filling the space with a third colonnade (or "terzo braccio") to match the two still standing today. This would afford a longer vantage point to allow visitors a better viewing angle of the new Basilica. The death of his patron, Pope Alexander VII, put a halt to Bernini's work. The third set of columns was abandoned, and Bernini's piazza remained open-ended and incomplete.

From the final major reconstruction of Borgo in the 15th century, the site which the Via della Conciliazione now covers remained occupied by residential, religious, and historical buildings for nearly 500 years. The final impetus behind the road's construction was primarily political. Borgo, along with the rest of the Papal States outside of the Vatican itself, was taken by the Kingdom of Italy during the Italian unification in the 19th Century – leading to Pope Pius IX's declaration that he had become a prisoner in the Vatican and the formation of the Roman Question. For the next 59 years, the Popes refused to leave the Vatican, in order to avoid any appearance of accepting the authority wielded by the Italian government over Rome as a whole. Initially, parts of the Italian government welcomed this, expecting the influence of the Papacy to fade to the point that enough political support could be gained to abolish it altogether. However, this failed to come to pass, and eventually a compromise acceptable to both states was reached in the Lateran treaty of 1929.

Prime Minister Benito Mussolini, who had signed the accord on behalf of the King, resurrected the idea of a grand thoroughfare symbolically connecting the Vatican to the heart of the Italian capital. To fulfil this vision, Mussolini turned to the prominent Fascist architects Marcello Piacentini and Attilio Spaccarelli. Drawing inspiration from a number of the designs submitted by Carlo Fontana, Piacentini came up with a plan that would preserve the best aspects of both the "open" and "closed" designs – a grand boulevard that would nonetheless obscure the majority of the Vatican buildings per Bernini's intentions. The vast colonnaded street would require the clearance of the whole "spina" of Borgo placed in between the Basilica and the Castle. Since the facades of the buildings lining this space did not align perfectly, in order to create the illusion of a perfectly straight causeway traffic islands would be erected along both sides, with rows of obelisks leading towards the Square, doubling as lampposts. These were also intended to reduce the effect that the funnel-shaped design would have on perspective when facing the Basilica. The wings of those buildings closest to the square would be preserved to form a propylaea, blocking the greater portion of the Vatican City from approaching visitors and framing the Square and Basilica at the head of a grand open space that would allow for easy vehicular access.

Demolition of the spina of Borgo began with Mussolini's symbolic strike of the first building with a pickaxe on 29 October 1936 and continued for twelve months. Even at the time, the demolition proved controversial, with many Borgo residents displaced en masse to settlements ("borgate") outside of the city. Among the buildings dismantled, either totally or in part, and rebuilt in another position, were the Palazzo dei Convertendi, the house of Giacomo Bartolomeo da Brescia, the Church of the Nunziatina, the palaces Rusticucci-Accoramboni and degli Alicorni (the latter had been already demolished in 1931). Other buildings, like the palace of the Governatore di Borgo and the Churches of San Giacomo Scossacavalli and Sant'Angelo al Corridore, were destroyed. Facing into the cleared area are five other historical buildings, the Palazzo Giraud Torlonia, the church of Santa Maria in Traspontina, the Palazzo dei Penitenzieri, Palazzo Serristori, and Palazzo Cesi (which was mutilated).
The construction of the road was only a small feature in the reconstruction of Rome ordered by Mussolini, which ranged from the restoration of the Castel Sant'Angelo, the clearance of the Mausoleum of Augustus, to the vastly more complicated site of the Via dell'Impero through Rome's ancient imperial remains. His plan was to transform Rome into a monument to Italian fascism.
In five years, Rome must appear marvellous to all the peoples of the world; vast, orderly, powerful, as it was in the time of the first empire of Augustus.

Construction of the road continued long after Mussolini's death and the abolition of Italian Fascism. The obelisks along the road were installed in time for the Jubilee of 1950
Since its completion, the road has acted as the primary access point to St. Peter's Square, and by extension to the Vatican City itself. At times, such as during the funeral of Pope John Paul II, it has acted as an extension to the square itself, allowing a greater number of visitors to attend functions conducted there

(From Wikipedia)

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Sep 20, 2017

Arch of Constantine

Arch of Constantine, the largest Roman triumphal arch in Rome, situated between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill, erected in 315 AD to commemorate Constantine Emperor's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD

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Sep 19, 2017

Best Stay in Rome

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Sep 18, 2017

The Trajan's Column

Trajan's Column is a Roman triumphal column in Rome that commemorates Roman emperor Trajan's victory in the Dacian Wars. It is located in Trajan's Forum, built near the Quirinal Hill, north of the Roman Forum. Completed in AD 113, the freestanding column is most famous for its spiral bas relief, which artistically describes the epic wars between the Romans and Dacians (101–102 and 105–106). Its design has inspired numerous victory columns, both ancient and modern

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Sep 17, 2017

The greatest Roman wonder

Never tired to photograph the Colosseum, the symbol of Rome, sited between Esquiline, Palatine and Celian Hills, one of the greatest wonders of Roman civilization. It was begun by the Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD and completed by his son, the Emperor Titus, in 80 AD


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Sep 16, 2017

Bronze Doors

In front of the new bronze doors created in 2006 by the talented Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj, at the entrance of the BASILICA SANTA MARIA DEGLI ANGELI, amazing church constructed in the 16th century inside the ruins of the Roman Baths of Diocletian (built between 298 and 306 AD) in Piazza della Repubblica, close to our Hotel Montecarlo Roma


Sep 15, 2017

Castro Pretorio

Il nostro storico Hotel Montecarlo si trova nel cuore di Castro Pretorio. Il rione di Castro Pretorio è il XVIII rione di Roma e prende nome dalle caserme delle Coorti Pretoriane: i soldati scelti per la difesa dell'imperatore romano.

Tramontato l'impero la zona si popolò di ville aristocratiche e di vigne. Dopo l'unità d'Italia (1870) al posto delle ville e delle vigne sorsero i palazzi del nuovo governo in asse con il Quirinale, la reggia del re e ora sede del Presidente della Repubblica.

Attorno ai ministeri governativi sorsero tra il 1870 e il 1910 le abitazioni dei governanti, dei funzionari statali e di tanti nobili e aristocratici venuti a risiedere nella capitale del regno al seguito del re. Per questo motivo il quartiere è popolato di tanti villini dallo stile più variegato: si va dallo stile neo-classico allo stile barocco, rinascimentale, allo stile liberty dei primi del novecento.

Insieme ai villini e chiese in stile romanico e classico sorgono palazzi condominiali nel tipico stile umbertino (Umberto I, secondo re d'Italia, 1878-1900). E' lo stile di Roma Capitale.

Delle antiche ville con giardini, terreni e viali alberati rimane in particolare Villa Bonaparte dove visse nei primi decenni del 1800 Paolina, la sorella prediletta di Napoleone.

Parte dei terreni della villa sono stati venduti dopo la fine dello Stato Pontificio per la costruzione di palazzi abitativi. Il nucleo centrale della villa con l'edificio (in cui abitò Paolina Bonaparte) e i giardini che lo circondano è rimasto alla Francia e vi ha sede l'ambasciata di Francia presso la Santa Sede.

Dove erano le caserme dei Pretoriani ora sorge il modernissimo complesso della Biblioteca Nazionale. Questo quartiere è il primo quartiere di Roma Capitale, il più elegante. Vi hanno abitato i personaggi che hanno fatto grande la nuova nazione: statisti, celebri docenti universitari, scienziati, artisti, scrittori non solo italiani ed europei, ma anche provenienti dal Nuovo Mondo, l'America. E' il quartiere più sicuro e meglio amministrato e collegato più comodamente di ogni altra parte di Roma con i trasporti pubblici e ferroviari in quanto è prossimo alla stazione Termini, la stazione centrale dei treni, della metro e degli autobus. Tutto questo perché qui risiede la classe governativa della nuova nazione


Sep 14, 2017

Chiesa Sant'Alfonso de' Liguori

My suggestion for a very interesting church to visit in Rome. Sant'Alfonso de' Liguori all'Esquilino is a 19th century convent and titular church at Via Merulana 26, just south-east of Santa Maria Maggiore in the rione Esquilino. The dedication is to St Alphonsus de Liguori. However, the church also has the nickname of Madonna del Perpetuo Soccorso after the famous icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary which is enshrined here.

(From www.romanchurches.wikia.com)


Sep 13, 2017

Quinto Sulpicio Massimo

Roma non basta una vita per conoscerla tutta. In ogni angolo c'è sempre qualcosa da scoprire. Non lontano dal nostro Hotel Montecarlo Roma, in Piazza Fiume, dove una volta si trovava l'antica Porta Salaria, c'è un interessante monumento funerario addossato alle Mura Aureliane. E' il sepolcro dedicato a Quinto Sulpicio Massimo, un geniale bambino vissuto nel I secolo d.C. nell'Urbe, un vero talento nella poesia che morì a soli 11 anni per il troppo studio durante la terza edizione "Certamen Capitolini", una famosa gara di poesia del 94 d.C. Era uno schiavo ma era così bravo e amato dai suoi padroni che gli dedicarono questo magnifico sepolcro, successivamente rinvenuto nel 1871 all'interno della Porta Salaria durante i lavori di demolizione per motivi di viabilità alla fine dell'Ottocento


Sep 12, 2017

Basilica St. Mary of the Angels

Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, splendid church in the center of Rome, designed by Michelangelo and inaugurated in 1562. It was built inside the ruins of the majestic Roman Baths of Diocletian (built between 298 and 306 AD) and is located in Piazza della Repubblica, a few steps from our Hotel Montecarlo Roma and Termini station

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Sep 11, 2017

Temple of Hadrian

The Temple of Hadrian, in Piazza di Pietra, between Via del Corso and the Pantheon, amazing Roman temple built in 145 AD, not so far from our Hotel Montecarlo Roma

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Sep 10, 2017

The Bridge of the Angels

The Bridge of the Angels (Ponte Sant'Angelo), in front of Castel Sant'Angelo, built in 134 AD, the most beautiful bridge in the Eternal City with its ten angels sculpted in the 17th century by Bernini students

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Sep 9, 2017

The Symbol of Rome

Never enough to talk about the Colosseum, the symbol of Rome, sited between Esquiline, Palatine and Celian Hills, one of the greatest wonders of Roman civilization. It was begun by the Emperor Vespasian in 72 AD and completed by his son, the Emperor Titus, in 80 AD and still holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest amphitheater, the most visited spot in Italy (after the Vatican) with 6 million of tourists every year. Incredible but true, in the past the Colosseum was abandoned and the Catholic church used it as a quarry, taking stones from here to build the cathedrals of St. Peter and St. John Lateran and the Palazzo Venezia

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Sep 8, 2017

The Fountain of the Books

This strange fountain named Fontana dei Libri (Fountain of the Books) is close to Piazza Sant'Eustacchio, between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, and was built in 1927 by the artist Pietro Lombardi. The fountain is whimsical, featuring several giant books, said to be a reference to the University della Sapienza. In between the books is a deer's head, symbolizing the district of Sant’Eustachio where it is located. You'll find other similar, wonderful little fountains throughout Rome, such as the Fountain of the Artists, the Fountain of the Amphorae, and the Fountain of the Tiaras

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