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Domus Aurea Rome Italy – The Golden House


Rome experience the Domus Aurea – Golden House
Was a large landscaped portico villa, designed to take advantage of artificially created landscapes built in the heart of Ancient Rome by the Emperor Nero after the Great Fire of Rome (64 AD) had cleared away the aristocratic dwellings on the slopes of the Esquiline Hill.

Built of brick and concrete in the few years between the fire and Nero’s suicide in 68, the extensive gold-leaf that gave the villa its name was not the only extravagant element of its decor: stuccoed ceilings were applied with semi-precious stones and veneers of ivory while the walls were frescoed, coordinating the decoration into different themes in each major group of rooms.


Domus Aurea – the Golden House

Though the Domus Aurea complex covered parts of the slopes of the Palatine, Esquiline and Caelian hills, with a man-made lake in the marshy bottomlands, the estimated size of the Domus Aurea is an approximation, as much of it has not been excavated. Some scholars place it at over 300 acres (1.2 km2), while others estimate its size to have been under 100 acres (0.40 km2).

Suetonius describes the complex as “ruinously prodigal” as it included groves of trees, pastures with flocks, vineyards and an artificial lake— rus in urbe, “countryside in the city”. Nero also commissioned from the Greek Zenodorus a colossal 35.5 m (120 RF) high bronze statue of himself, the Colossus Neronis.Pliny the Elder, however, puts its height at only 30.3 m (106.5 RF).

The statue was placed just outside the main palace entrance at the terminus of the Via Appia in a large atrium of porticoes that divided the city from the private villa. This statue may have represented Nero as the sun god Sol, as Pliny saw some resemblance.

This idea is widely accepted among scholarsbut some are convinced that Nero was not identified with Sol while he was alive.The face of the statue was modified shortly after Nero’s death during Vespasian’s reign to make it truly a statue of Sol.Hadrian moved it, with the help of the architect Decrianus and 24 elephants,to a position next to the Flavian Amphitheater.

This building took the name “Colosseum” in the Middle Ages, after the statue nearby, or, as some historians believe, because of the sheer size of the building.

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The Villa Borghese, Rome


The Villa Borghese is a breath of fresh air for those seeking to escape the buzz of the urban metropolis of Rome. With tranquil fountains, romantic walkways, and breathtaking views, the garden is the perfect place to while away a quiet afternoon or to watch the sun go down in the evening. The Secret Garden contains a an enchanting lake where you can hire a boat, and is a charismatic setting for enjoying a picnic with friends.

For the more active visitor, the Villa Borghese offers a plethora of things to do such as going to the theatre, skating on the ice rink in winter, or visiting a gallery. Often named ‘the park of Museums,’ the Villa is home to many of Rome’s most important works of art. The Museo e Galleria Borghese reflects Scipione Borghese’s avid interest in the controversial Caravaggio, and contains works by other masters such as Canova and Bernini. The energy, movement, and fleshy splendour in sculptures such as ‘Pluto and Proserpina’ and ‘Apollo and Daphne’ will leave you absolutely astounded and wanting to return for more.

The elegant villa reflects the lavish tastes of the Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who created the building with the purpose of showing off his ever-growing collection of paintings and antiquities. His method of using extortion, debt-collectin, and the appropriation of church funds in order to obtain the works has been largely criticised, however the results are among the most impressive in the world.The Villa Borghese is a must-see when visiting Rome, however its popularity means that there are often queues. It is imperative to book!

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Public holidays are simply indescribable. Everyone knows exactly when they are and everyone looks forward to them. Don’t miss the opportunity to sleep more, to relax and to enjoy your free-time and yourself, as one of the most well-known public holiday is approaching. May Day occurs on the 1st of May and refers to several public holidays. In many countries, May Day is synonymous with International Workers’ Day, or Labour Day, a day of political demonstrations and celebrations organised by the unions, anarchist, and socialist groups. This public holiday is celebrated in most of the countries all over the world. So, celebrate your rights by taking some time for yourself!

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How it all began? In the late nineteenth century, the working class was in constant struggle to gain the 8-hour work day. Working conditions were severe and it was quite common to work 10 to 16 hour days in unsafe conditions. Death and injury were commonplace at many work places. In addition, at that time socialism was a new and attractive idea to working people, many of whom were drawn to its ideology of working class control. A century ago, on May 1, 1886, a general strike broke across the United States. Within days it would culminate in the events forever associated with the name Haymarket. In 1889 the founding congress of a new, second, Marxist International named that day, May Day, for worldwide actions of the proletariat.

The five-day 40-hour week was achieved almost a century later in 1948. Today the Labour Day march is a celebration of organised labour’s achievements on behalf of the worker. For those, who are working it is important to note the difference the day initially made to the general treatment and well-being of the working class and where the working class would be if the day had never come about at all. A memorial statue with the numerals 888, representing 8 hours of work, 8 hours of recreation, and 8 hours of rest, sits on the corner of Lygon Street and Victoria Parade in Melbourne, Australia to this day. No without a reason it is said that the international Labour Day truly is a milestone in history.

There are always a lot of things happening on the 1st of May. Take a chance to take a look at various parades, celebration concerts and ceremonies. Discover the various traditions and customs related with Labour Day. Experience what is all about. For example, in some parts of the United States, May Baskets are made. These baskets are small and usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone’s doorstep. Take a chance to discover the diversity!

In Rome go and see the COncert on Piazza San Giovanni

Porta Portese – Roman Street Markets


If your in Rome on Sunday you may find many of the tourists attractions to be closed. If your stuck for what to do you could do little worse than to head to Porta Portese street market although you will have to get up early as it closes between 1pm and 2pm depending on the weather. The market can be found on the left bank of the Tiber in Trastevere between Porta Portese and Stazione Trastevere. To get there you can take the bus H from Termini or catch the 8 tram from Largo Argentina.

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Once at the Porta Portese market you will find 1000’s of vendors selling all kinds of goods from second hand clothing to vintage furniture and antiques. the second hand clothing stalls can produce good finds although the clothes are usually just piled onto a table and grouped by price ether €1,€2 or €3. The market is also a good place to find quirky memento’s such as back issues of famous Italian comics such as Diabolik, super kitsch tourist items, old currencies or my personal favorite a stall selling communist memorabilia. How Italian this is im not sure but it completely fulfilled my desire to own a communist medal. There are however plenty of other ‘bric a brac’ stalls which will satisfy even the strangest whim.

The area is completely alive and busseling with people and unless you keep a beady eye on your companions you will lose them. This needn’t be scary as you will soon become immersed in the hussel of the market and the flow of people through it. Ending on a note caution venturing into this market by yourself is completely fine however in the past their has been a problem with pick pockets so keep your valuables safe.

The market was featured in the 1948 italian film Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves) which is in the top 10 BFI films you should see by the age of 14.

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Caravaggio in Rome till 20th of June, 2010


Most of the artists receive recognition after the death. Ironically, famous while he lived, Caravaggio was forgotten almost immediately after his death, and it was only in the 20th century that his importance to the development of Western art was rediscovered. 2010 marks the 400th anniversary of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s death. His intensely emotional realism and dramatic use of lighting had a formative influence on the Baroque school of painting. He was 39 when he died and had spent half of his life painting professionally. Discover the best creations of this great man. The exhibition is open from the 20th of February to 20th of June, 2010. The exhibit is held at the Scuderie del Quirinale, a museum fashioned from the stables of Rome’s Quirinal Palace.
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A man who revolutionized the art world with his realism and intensity. The show brings together 24 paintings from museums across Europe and the United States. Why to explore his creations in Rome? First of all, because the Rome exhibition is organized chronologically and divided into the three main periods of Caravaggio’s short career. In his first stage, Caravaggio often used green as a predominant background color. In the second phase, red is the dominant color. In in the last stage dubbed “flight,” figures are often set in gray. In addition, Italy was the country that has influenced the artist for many years. Every canvas and panel in the show is an authenticated, universally-accepted work from Caravaggio’s hand. The master of light, shadow, and emotion is back! Rediscover.

Trained in Milan under a master who had himself trained under Titian, Caravaggio moved to Rome in his early 20s. Huge new churches and palazzi were being built in Rome in the decades of the late 16th and early 17th Centuries, and paintings were needed to fill them. That is how the career of this great man began. The artist, who experienced an early fame was known as a notorious drinker and bar brawler. His death was unexpected for most of the so-called higher society members. Caravaggio was wounded in a fight in a tavern in Naples and died of a fever in July 1610. However, there is still wide debate on the real cause of his death.

Italian artist Caravaggio was known for his realistic paintings and a unique use of the color palette. If you can get to Caravaggio in Rome, run and do not forget to enjoy. This isn’t likely to happen again in our lifetimes. A man who created the history of art should be appreciated. And the best time to do it is coming. Discover the different conception of arts.

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Quartiere Coppede


Quartiere Coppede can be found in the Trieste district (north of the centre of rome) between Piazza Buenos Aires via Tagliamentoand is a 20 mintute bus ride (8 stops) from termini on the 86 bus. All the buildings in Coppede are designed by Gino Coppedè who the area is named after. Building began in 1913 but came to a hault during the the first world war, the core of the building work was then completed by 1921. Tragcilly Coppede died in 1927 never getting to see his eclectic fantasy architectural mix completed. The work was however completed by his son Paolo Emilio André and the area covers 31,000m2 with aproxiately 40 structures.

"Quartiere Coppede Rome Italy"

The buildings of Quartiere Coppede take in all architectural styles including Ancient Greek, Roman Barroque and Medieval all seen through the eyes of Art Nouvea and Deco. The main entrance to the area is through an oversized archway which is richly decorated in the Barroque style complete with a coat of arms of the Medici family whose lineage became extinct in 1737. To further add to the fantasy element a large wrought iron chandaler hangs from underneath the archway.

Opposite the arch is a building reffered to as the fairy cottage and this best embodies the architectural style of the area incorporating such elments as a gothic stair case, a side of the house that is distintly floentine as well as one that is venetian. The space also includes a fountain called Fontana delle Rane or the frog fountain which is largely composed of 12 frog sculputers and stand at just over 2m tall and is a reimagining of fontana delle Tartarughe which can be found in Plazzo di Giacomo Mattei also in Rome. Other features of interest are one houses decoration based on musical notation including its fence and the ‘house of the spider’.

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The archway and door of Piazza Mincio 2 has been faithfully copied from a scene inthe 1914 box office smash Cabiria.

Italian director Dario Argento has use the area as back drop for several of his films