Tag: art

11 Ways to Get Your French Fix in Rome

Rome and Paris: two capitals of European culture, which have often vied for the Continental crown in terms of food, art and as places to fall in love. It can be agony if you’re on a short trip to Europe and you don’t have time to see them both – or fully explore the heights…

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Easter in Rome involves a famous Via Crucis procession on Good Friday afternoon.To avoid the crowds, try the Via Crucis in the Testaccio district instead.

Visiting Rome at Easter: the Via Crucis procession in Testaccio on Good Friday

The Via Crucis, or Stations of the Cross, is a well-established Christian ceremony where worshippers attempt to walk in the steps of Christ on his journey to Calvary, held each year on Good Friday. In Rome, the Pope’s evening Via Crucis is one of the most atmospheric traditions of Easter Weekend, with the pontiff presiding…

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Lottozero: An Initiative Revitalising Artisan Textiles in Tuscany

For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll know that one of my passions is the creative arts and supporting artisans and artists everywhere, in the great fight against the death of imagination. Recently I came across Bolzano-born Tessa Moroder, an economist by trade who now lives in Prato in Tuscany and is working…

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Mamá, don’t cry: Botero’s Via Crucis

Saturday 13 February sees the opening of Botero: Via Crucis, la passione di Cristo at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome. This fascinating exhibition, featuring 27 oil paintings and 36 sketches and watercolours, has already been shown in Chile, Colombia, the United States, Panama and Portugal. All of the works of art were created between…

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Review: Luxe Associate Travel’s Culinary Walk through Rome

Borders are funny things, aren’t they? By defining territories, which piece of land some ancient King or Emperor annexed, they try to delineate populations, even impose a limit on where a certain tongue is spoken. But people, like languages, are fluid. Look at Rome right now: full of lost souls and adventurous souls and new…

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Rome’s Ground Zero: the true story of the Vatican

Can you turn a site of tragedy into a place of peace and reflection? Ask the citizens of New York. But first, you might want to talk to the Roman people, who know a little about the transforming power of love, history and time. Rome’s greatest irony is its imperial dichotomy: its pagan empire, which…

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Channel your inner Romantic poet as Autumn arrives in Rome

With last weekend’s equinox ushering in the autumn, it’s a great time to turn your thoughts to the season of “mists and mellow fruitfulness” and channel your inner Romantic poet. Keats wrote his famous ode ‘to Autumn’ on September 19th 1819 after a Sunday walk in the English village of Winchester, but here are four…

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6 Ideas For Surviving Zombie-infested Rome This Summer

I lied about the zombies. But anyone who’s spent any time in Rome in August will sympathise with the sensation that it’s all just… well… a bit surreal. With at least half the population missing and the streets clear of cars, it’s easy to feel like you’re missing out on something, but this is actually…

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REVIEW: Romeo e Giulietta, Silvano Toti Globe Theatre

I have always instinctively avoided foreign translations of Shakespeare’s plays. His distinctive language – that runs like a rich seam through idiomatic English – isn’t just the literary trick of putting words in the right order. Shakespeare’s lexicon featured thousands of freshly-forged terms which have survived to this day (scholars estimate that he invented ten…

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