PIAZZA DI SPAGNA
PIAZZA DI SPAGNA
Often referred to as the Spanish Steps, the stairs are a meeting place for many romans and tourists, and a wonderful place to watch at people. At the top of the steps is the Trinità dei Monti, built in 1495. In the 1720s the French owners of the church built the steps to make a link with the Piazza below. The Fontana della Barcaccia, at the base, is a modest design as the water pressure that feds it is very low. It was maybe the famous, Gian Bernini, but his lesser known father, Pietro, is more likely.
Theatrical Display at Villa Pamphili
The Theatre now has a home in Rome
The Casa dei Teatri, located in the historic Villino Corsini in Villa Pamphili, is the result of a project dedicated to live performances from a multidisciplinary view, combining study and training courses with those of "creating" and "seeing" performances. For this reason, collaboration between the Department of culture and the Biblioteche di Roma not only ensures a modern service for specialists as an excellent promotion of theatre culture for a larger public but a program open to research and reflection involving the scenic world.
The Casa dei Teatri offers a unique scenario in Rome because of its original special collections and areas for exhibitions, meetings and projections and the coming opening of the multipurpose hall in the previous stables. Activities take place agreed upon with the Municipio Roma XVI and with the contribution of an important body such as the Ente Teatrale Italiano. The magnificent seventeenth century architecture houses study areas communicating with each other, to be used for exhibitions, meetings based on subjects and consulting facilities related to research, specialised studies and cultural investigations.
The library of the Casa dei Teatri is highly specialised and houses the Giancarlo Sbragia fund which boasts a historical heritage of material for those who study live performances of great value. Carmelo Bene's Immemoriale is a centre whose goal is to preserve, spread and promote both written and sound documentation concerning the work that Carmelo Bene carried out.
The Cinema Umberto Barbaro Library offers a large number of books and magazines, film scripts and stage designs, journals on the subject and photographs. During the summer, the activities of the Casa develop into a real and proper summer season offering music, theatre and performances for children on a large open air stage set up in the area in front of the Villino Corsini.
Coming soon to a Metrolpolitana near you !
Don't know precisely where this is at* - this was late August 2005, near San Giovanni underground - but works are underway for the 3rd Metropolitana line, Linea C
*UPDATE* This is Porta San Giovanni, Via Appia Nova - opposite S Giovanni on Linea B **
Can only be good news !
Lots of street musicians enter the restaurant, make music and then ask for money. We always gave some.
The total bill for 12 people was around €350. That makes around € 30 per person, including all drinks such as wine, mineral water, coffees, and a minimum of 2 courses per person, with side dishes. The antipasti was the most extensive here. These consist of roasted vegetables (like eggplant, zucchini, peppers), tomatoes, potatoes, beans (all in a vinaigrette), roasted onions and tomatoes, etc.!
The ossobucco was very good (bit salty). Hot, flat, thin bread (like pizza bottoms) sprinkled with oil and herbs were served on the house, when we had our first drink.
Tickets for Christmas-Midnight Mass
Ma Kettle wrote away for tickets to Christmas Day Mass in October, and it took about one month for confirmation. We found out actual tickets are not required for Christmas Day Mass, you simply line up early, but we still had a confirmation (of sorts) that we waved about, which enabled us to move ahead.
Tickets are required for Midnight Mass Christmas Eve though. Send your request to the email number below.
Prefettura Della Casa Pontificia"
Attn: James Harvey, Prefect
at 39 06 69 885863 .
Present your fax confirmation to the Swiss guards at the bronze door. Ask any official for directions, and there are many policemen present to direct you. Tickets should be picked up about two days before, but may be obtained same day. However, don't leave anything to chance, and be prepared to arrive at least three hours before (9pm) to get your place in line, dress warmly (you are standing outside), and don't drink anything because washrooms are difficult to access. Expect that people will cut in front of you, simply the Italian way, but your confirmation guarantees you access.
Leave your backpack in the hotel, and carry your camera in your pocket. You might have to go through a metal detector. Entry to the Basilica begins about one hour before Mass starts. You will be directed to your seat by either Swiss guards or uniformed attendants. I particularly enjoyed watching for the priveleged people arriving shortly before mass began, and being escorted to the front pews. Who are they??