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Christmas 2014 …

buone_festeGrowing up, I learned that most people aspire to live on top of the mountain without realizing that to truly appreciate life, goes mountain climbing.
For each of us, often, beyond the true values of life …
I am sure that the multiple asperity with which we are confronted every day at any moment will be just a memory. We, in our small way, we can not face them, we must maintain hope that our tomorrow will be better maybe poor envy, selfishness, superficiality and why not … full of positive altruism and joy … To all of you and your loved ones a Christmas wish full of positivity, joy and serenity.


The culture to the center…

Fontana dei Libri_wp_4Between the Senate and the Pantheon, walking away in the current of Staderari (oldest manufacturers of scales, weigh batching of Roman origin based on the principle of the lever), a time because of the ‘University in reference to that in the seventeenth century it was the seat of the’ University of Rome “La Sapienza”, impossible not to recognize the wonderful “Fountain of the Books.” Made in 1927 by Pietro Lombardi, this rare work commissioned the City of Rome is still today the emblem of the district Sant ‘Eustachio. The saint was an ancient Roman general who converted to Christianity after the appearance of a stag with a glowing cross between its horns, the symbol that also appears on the top of the church consecrated to him. The cross, here, consists of recordings that recall the name of the holy and the reference number of the ward dedicated to him, mistakenly reported as IV rather than VIII. Both elements, universities and appearance, were a source of inspiration for the young architect Lombardi. Framed in a niche surmounted by an arch on which is engraved the inscription SPQR, a stag’s head turned towards the observer symbol surrounded by four books of “La Sapienza” (University), two on each side, placed on two side shelves. The water flows towards the center of the fountain with two spouts placed on the upper two volumes, and to the outside by two side spouts below the books. A semicircular pond collects runoff water from the central spouts, while the water from the high two spouts falls directly in the manhole at street level …

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A drop in the ocean of art …

Fontana delle Arti_wp_francescosidotiNestled between the walls of the central Via Margutta, a lovely street in the center of Rome, few steps from Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna at the foot of the Pincio, “the Fountain of the Arts” was built by the architect Pietro Lombardi towards 1927 This unusual sculpture marble wall with a triangular base in marble, adorned with easels, palettes, and two masks from the different expressions, the other a radiant melancholy falls into that group of fountains that the City of Rome created to celebrate the wards and crafts capital. Initially Margutta was an important business center can accommodate craft shops and stalls … Today, brilliantly transformed into a place of art galleries and trendy bars, has become a symbolic place where artists from around the world present their works … by many is known as the street of artists. (altro…)


The Fountain of the Tiaras…

Fontana_delle-tiare_wpCommissioned by the City of Rome to pay homage to the nearby papal residence, the Fontana delle Tiare, the emblem of the Borgo district, was built in 1927 by the sculptor / architect Pietro Lombardi Roman. Located on the wide sidewalk in the Colonnade on a sturdy base, three semi-circular shell-shaped pans collect the water that comes out of the taps. Beautiful pontifical keys surmounted by the papal tiaras 4. In the fountain are planted: the papal insignia, coats of arms of the Borgo district, the national emblem, the fasces. Even today, this work of art satisfies the thirst of the many thousands of visitors who flock to the adjacent St. Peter’s Square …


Tindari: its history, its jewels …

Tindari_wp_1Overlooked on the gulf of pacts, place of worship of thousands of believers that numerous each year among the 7 and the 8 of September in pilgrimage and reach flock to the majestic Basilica dedicated to the Black Madonna, Tindari has its roots in very ancient times. Founded in 396. C. by Dionysius of Syracuse, was originally a colony of mercenaries, victorious against the Carthaginians, gave the name of Tindarys in tribute to the king of Sparta, Tyndareus. In later years he played a key role because of its strategic location. It was a very important naval base: in its waters saw the Romans, led by consul Gaius Attilio Calatino, triumph over the Carthaginians (257 BC battle of Tindarys). In 36 B.C. was conquered by Augustus and became a Roman colony. First, a terrible landslide in the first century AD, a few centuries after the destructive earthquake almost razed to the ground the city. In 500 with the ‘arrival of the Byzantines, the city was transformed into a bishopric. They remained there until all ‘836, the year in which they reached the Arabs who razed it to the ground. From this terrible devastation only the shrine of the Black Madonna was saved. Over the years it has undergone significant changes which even today are shown in all their majestic beauty to the many tourists. Despite the different rulers and different cultural influences, Tindari proudly retains many treasures in the searing heat. The curious fact, visiting the archaeological site can admire the remains of the ancient city stand mosaics, sculptures, vases and beautiful ceramics kept in small local museum. Last but not least in order of importance, originally conceived could hold up to 3000 spectators, stands the magnificent Theatre of Tindarys, where, especially in the summer, theater performances are held. Nestled on a hillside in a part of the ‘old town, a place where time seems to stand still, thanks to its excellent location, offers viewers a breathtaking view where land and sea merge into one … I hope you embrace the pleased to discover this fantastic corner of Sicily to share with the readers of this site your emotions !!!

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The Sanctuary of Tindarys and its lakes …

Tindari Santuario Madonna Nera_wpLying on the edge of the promontory, overlooking the sea, on the ruins of a small church which was destroyed around 1544 by Algerian pirates, stands the majestic Sanctuary of Tindarys. Inside the many tourists can not help but remain captivated by the statue carved in cedar wood depicting a Black Madonna. Each year, as usual between 7 and 8 September Sanctuary is home to thousands of devotees who come on pilgrimage from all parts of Sicily and … At the base of the promontory, a huge sandbar better known by the name of Marinello. A real wonder of nature unique whose appearance changes due to the movement of the sand, which, driven by the storms, the form of delightful ponds besieged especially during the summer, numerous wet. There are several legends associated with this marvel according to one of them (altro…)


Happy Birthday Rome…

Yes that’s right, April 21, 2018, the Capital celebrates its 2771th anniversary. ” Not bad for this lady, that despite the passing of the centuries always keeps intact its charm, attracting to its beauty and history, past and present, people from all over the world .” The Birth of Rome, also known by the name of Romaia, is a secular festivities linked to the founding of Rome, which took place on April 21 at 753 a.C., according to the sources of the historian Varro. The Roman history, begins from this very date, (according to the Latin phrase ” Ab Urbe seasoned “, or the founding of the city). According to legend, the city was founded by twins Romulus and Remus, who abandoned in a basket along the banks of the Tiber, were rescued and nursed by a she-wolf … the rest is history ! . Not too forward us in legends and fanciful stories , you can attest to some truth to the myth, because thanks to the discovery in recent times, with some archaeological findings, it would seem that the eighth century a.C. , on the Palatine hill arose a walled city. Other sources, attributable to the Latin poet Ovid, would cite some festivals of pagan origin, is designed to celebrate the founding of the city but also the rural economy on which it was based. In 1924, at the height of fascist, April 21 was considered a National Holiday of workers. Subsequently abolished in 1945, was restored May 1. The feast day of April 21, since it is remembered and celebrated only in Rome. On the day the capital, like every year will celebrate with a number of initiatives reminiscent …

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Easter 2014…

I wish that this Easter marks the point of no return for a revival of affection, simplicity, selflessness, authentic values ​​capable of defeating the selfishness, the disappointments and the many misunderstandings that have marked the life of each of us.
I wish you all an Easter full of Health, Love and Serenity!