Places and views of Rome

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Places and views of Rome

 

Rome is like a huge chest of precious stones, and each time we open it always remains the dismay of the amount of surprises and treasures that knows how to show.

It's worth spending a few words on some places that easily fit into the usual tourist routes and yet capable of amazing sometimes or occasionally excite.

 

Villa Farnesina

In the heart of Trastevere, property of 'Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, The Villa is a real precious jewel. It was the rich Sienese banker Agostino Chigi to want to achieve and is, probably, one of the most harmonious construction of Renaissance italiano, where the architecture and the decoration combine, creating a perfect balance of expression. Built in the early sixteenth century, in 1579 It became the property of the Farnese family, from which he took the name, not doing justice, But, the patron, great art connoisseur, Agostino Chigi who was the true advocate. Baldassare Peruzzi conceived all in architecture can enhance the rich decorations. Six levels from the basement to the viewpoint where you follow the beautiful rooms like the Loggia of Galatea fresco from the prodigious hands of Sebastiano del Piombo and those miraculous Raffaello returning in the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche, then going in the other rooms there are frescoes by Baldassare Peruzzi and decorations Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, say Sodoma. Along the route, from the windows of the building, the vision of the garden of Italianate villa masterfully made as if each was the ideal continuation of the other.

Info, Timetables

Via Lungara, 230, D.ssa Virginia Lapenta, tel.: +39 06 68 02 73 97, email: virginia.lapenta@lincei.it

Monday-Saturday h 9-14, second Sunday of the month h 9-17

Spada Gallery

At the center of Rome, near one of the most characteristic and best known squares, Campo de 'Fiori, It is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city: the sixteenth Palazzo Spada, now the headquarters of the State Council and inside houses a valuable baroque collection created by Cardinals Bernardino Spada e Fabrizio Spada over six hundred. The Palace Also Known As Palace Capodiferro, He belonged to Cardinal Jerome Capodiferro that, from 1548, I had built on existing buildings by architect Bartolomeo Baroness, which he was inspired by the typological schemes of Bramante. With the presence of Cardinal Bernardino Spada, He moved to Rome in 1631, He sets off the collection of valuable artistic and archaeological works. The great-grandson Cardinal Fabrizio Spada He continued to implement the collection, which continued in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with important and significant works added from the family heirs. Surely the unique charm emanates from this place is given by the location of the relevant collection, kept in the original environment and presented in files stacked as in the seventeenth century collections or consoles and furniture of the seventeenth century. The Gallery is enriched by archaeological works placed on sgabbelloni decorated wooden seventeenth or, Also here, significant consoles late carved and gilded baroque. Along the route of the visit we get the so-called Secret Garden where there is a unique feature, a surprising baroque artifice: the Colonnata illusionistica realized in 1653 gives Francesco Borromini, It is appearing deeper than thirty meters instead of the nine real.

Info, Timetables Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13 Tel. +39 06 6874896, Email: pm-laz@beniculturali.it

Monday-Sunday h 8.30-19.30 Closed Tuesday

Protestant Cemetery

A particularly striking and unusual stage, definitely off the beaten tourist track, It is the Protestant Cemetery. A surprising oasis of peace in the district of Testaccio.

The cemetery was founded in 1716 with Pope Clement XI who granted a space in front of the Pyramid of Caius Cestius, to allow the burial of the Stuart court in exile members. Then permission was given to other non-Catholics and, towards the end of the 800, Cemetery assumed the definition we see today, to be declared monumental area of ​​national interest in 1918.

Also known as Cemetery of the British, inside the graves of about four thousand people are kept, for most non-Catholic foreigners of different nationalities: English, German (He is the son of Goethe), Russians, Greek, American, Scandinavian. Among them are writers, poets, sculptors, painters, diplomats, historians, architects, scientists. Walking among the ruins and tombs, inspired by classical antiquity, accompanied only by the rustle of cypress and pine trees, you have the feeling of living in an exclusive dimension, away from the hustle and the deafening noise of the city. And it's nice to go to the search and the discovery of his guests, meet John Keats and evoke his words engraved at the end of his tombstone: "Here lies one whose name was writ in water", rimanendone impressed or pay tribute to Percy Shelley, ad Antonio Gramsci, whose ashes were an inspiration to the verses, among the most famous, of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the the Carlo Emilio Gadda, as you can see, the excitement of the garden, the unedited view of the monumental Piramide Cestia. Go to discover the many stories behind it is a gift to indulge their emotions. This place and the atmosphere that emanates is an unusual and unique perspective, through which to understand the soul of the city, as no, He knows how to welcome and involve.

Info, Timetables Via Caio Cestius, 6, Tel. 3474435803, Email direttore@cemeteryrome.it

Monday – Saturday h 9-17, Sundays and holidays h 9-13