Monthly Archives: August 2007

Santa Maria Maggiore Rome

 St Mary Major

There are 4 major churches in Rome, which are in order of importance : St John in Lateran, St Peter’s,  St Paul outside the walls and St Mary Major.

St Mary Major, in italian “Santa Maria Maggiore” is close by our My Hotel Rome, about 5 minutes on foot only, and also near the Coliseum : Where Via Fori Imperiali joins Via Cavour take left on Via Cavour and walk all the way up and you will not miss the Basilica, about 500 metres ahead on your right.

The church used to bear the name of St Mary of the Snow (in italian “Santa Maria della Neve”)  due to the fact that Pope Liberio, during 4th century , had a revelation in a dream that it would be snowing overnight over the church.

The inner walls have beautiful mosaic designs depicting episodes from the Old testament and the bell tower, built in 1370 is 76 metres tall which is actually the tallest in Rome.

The church is located on the hill Esquiline one of the seven hills of Rome. 

 

Italian food

 Rome is  famous for the great roman  food, tasty and genuine and we highly recommend our Yes Hotel nearby restaurants.

and end up your meal with an extra cold limoncello, the famous all italian digestive !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Romantic Rome

What to do in the most romantic city in the world?

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A question that can be easily answered. Just walk down any Roman street and you will quickly see that Rome is the most romantic city in the world.  Everyday you will see couples hand in hand, staring into each others eyes, kissing a whispering “Ti amo” from dusk till dawn. Many come to Rome for romantic vacations, such as honeymoons, wedding proposals, and anniversaries. Between gorgeous lookouts, intimate piazzas, panoramic bars, and the general ardour of the natives, Rome is one sprawling romantic setting.
There are many romantic things you can do. You can take your lover for a gentle row around Villa Borghese’s idyllic lake, surrounded by trees and temples. Boats can be rented from 9:30am to sunset daily. Getting there is not difficult. Simply take Buses 116 and 490 from Termini station.

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The Pincio is also worth a visit if you are on holiday with your special someone.The Pincio gardens have secluded corners, umbrella pine bowers, and spectacular stone balustrades overlooking the rooftops of the centre of the city and across to St. Peter’s. Recommended during the lingering glow of sunset, or at night. To get to the Pincio just take the metro line A in the direction of Battistini and get off at metro stop Flaminio.

 

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Another place to go that can’t be left out would definetly be Ponte Milvio. Get hold of your padlock chain it to the bridge and throw the key away to make sure you will be together forever. 

 

Campidoglio hill is also definetly one of the most beautiful settings at night. With it’s beautiful intricate design imbedded in the piazza and overlooking Piazza Venezia and the Roman Forum you can’t go wrong with this one. After a Romantic day and a romantic day together, the best thing to do is come back to a beautiful hotel.

 

Barberini Bees

You may notice while you are walking around the city that you see a lot of bees stuck on everything. Three bees on a shield with two keys and a funny egg shaped crown on top. These are mostly visible on buildings and fountains.

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This is the papal coat of arms of pope Urban VIII or otherwise known as Maffeo Barberini. He was responsible for a lot of the architecture and for encouraging many talented artisits and sculptors to come to Rome and leave their talent behind for many generations after to enjoy.

 

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Among the few artists he had brought to Rome were Nicolas Poussin, Claude Lorrain, Bernini and Borromini. They were all given commissions for various artistic endeavours including, Fontana del Tritone, Palazzo Barberini and various other works in the Vatican. He was also the last pope to claim lands for the papacy by force. When you go have a look at the Pantheon you can thank Urban VIII for ruining it. He is responsible for having removed all the bronze decoration and rooftiles and melting it down to make cannons and various other things from bronze including the canopy above the altar in St. Peter’s Basilica.

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He was however a great patron of the arts so he can be at least respected for some of the fantastic fountains, sculptures, frescoes and paintings that were created directly because of his patronage. However, there is a saying that “What the barbarians did not do to Rome, the Barberinis did” So the three bees have a love hate relationship with the city of Rome.