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    Teatro dell' Opera di Roma

    by gwened Written Aug 25, 2013

    opera theater at Rome, nice cultural thing to do on your best nights,we were there in off season took a peek and had the boys elsewhere so needed to leave earlier.

    it is a nice modern building for a change,and the arrangement are good, located at piazza Beniamino Gigli, 7, 00187 Roma, bus 62 passes by here.

    Rome's opera Theatre opened its doors on November 27, 1880, under the name of Teatro Costanzi. He was placed in 1888, under the responsibility of the editor Sonzogno, who attempted to match the one at La Scala in Milan, controlled by the Publisher Ricordi for supremacy, and was opened to young composers, including Pietro Mascagni, and saw the creation of Cavalleria rusticana and L'amico Fritz, as well as Giacomo Puccini's Tosca.The theatre was acquired by the municipality of Rome, enlarged and renamed Teatro Reale dell 'Opera in 1928, then in 1946, when Italy became a Republic, it becomes simply Teatro dell' Opera.

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    Cappuccino

    by GentleSpirit Written Feb 23, 2013

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    I happen to love cappuccino, but had heard that it is only drank at breakfast and that if you ask for it at any other time the waiter might look at you like you escaped from an insane asylum.

    Generally cappuccino is drank in the morning, however, if you ask for it they will serve you some any time of day or night:)

    Was it good in Rome? Oh God yes!

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    You need a dictionary

    by Hildeal Written Sep 19, 2012

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    Unless you master Italian you’ll struggle. I attended an Italian course some years ago, but it was barely enough to communicate with the locals. I was surprised that very few Italians in the centre of Rome were able to communicate in English at a basic level. I have had one year of sign language interpreting at the university, but it didn’t help very much, so a dictionary will come in handy.
    You should also learn the Italian words for public transport and learn to count in Italian.

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    A living church

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated May 3, 2012

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    Visiting Rome's wonderful churches, I wonder how many tourists see them as anything more than repositories of a venerable history or magnificent art? Of course they are that, but they also play an important part in the lives of the folk who live within their parish boundaries as we saw when we visited the Basilica of St Agnes (The Basilica di Sant'Agnese Fuori le Mura -St. Agnes Outside the Walls) and the adjacent Mausoleum of Santa Constanza, a church itself these days.

    Saint Agnes's martyrdom came early when she refused to marry the son of one of Diocletian's prefects at the height of the empire's persecution of Christians. The chapel in the catacombs where she was buried became a place of pilgrimage where Constanza (the daughter of Constantine the Great and one of the Imperial family's earliest converts to Christianity) chose to be buried. The imperial mausoleum above Constanza's tomb - now a church - was raised in a half a century later. The basilica was built above the catcombs in the 7th century. It features a lovely mosaic of the little saint in the apse and acces to the catacombs - all of which would seem to place it in the church-as-museum category of scores of other churches around the city.

    We were privileged to experience a little of the community life of these churches - not only seeing a wedding party at Santa Constanza's but spending some time watching the bocce games being played out at the Saint Agnes Community Centre in the garden between the two churches where elderly card players and the mothers and children who were taking part in holiday activities there gathered in the bar at the end of their games. How lovely to see the generations together and to see the part this ancient church plays in their lives.

    Just 12 years old when she was martyred, Saint Agnes became the patron saint of young girls, a lamb the symbol of her purity and innocence ("agnus" - lamb in Latin - is also a play of words on her name). Traditionally, young girls have played out a ritual on the eve of her martyrdom to see who their husband will be. On the Feast Day itself, January 21, two lambs are brought to the church to be blessed by the pope after a pontifical high Mass there. They are shorn on Holy Thursday and their wool is woven into pallia, ceremonial neck-stoles, which are then sent by the Pope to newly-appointed Metropolitan archbishops who wear them to symbolise their union with the papacy.

    The church and catacombs are open daily from 09000 -1200 and 1600-1800. Entry to the church is, of course, free. Guided tours of the catacomb cost 5 euro.

    Open: Monday 0900-1200; Tuesday-Saturday: 0900-1200, 1600-1800; Sunday: 1600-1800

    The church can be found in the area known as Nomentana, a short distance outside the city walls, north-east of Termini
    Address: Via Nomentana 349. Take Bus #36 from Termini or #60 from Piazza Venezia

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    Acrobats with the fire

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 12, 2011

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    One thing is for sure, Rome is never boring place especially around Christmas and New Year times. There are plenty of musicians, artists and acrobats all over the city, trying to make some extra money for spending more enjoyable end of the year. This international group of youngsters performed their fire show at Piazza Spagna, nothing spectacular but attractive to watch.

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    Cola di Rienzo

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 1, 2011

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    Nicola di Renzo Gabrini (1313-1354), best known as Cola di Rienzo was medieval politician and popular leader, Tribune of the Roman people in the mid of 14th century. He was of humble origins but managed to get very good education. Cola di Rienzo became a notary and a person of some importance in the city, and was sent on a public errand to Pope Clement VI in Avignon. There at Avignon he won the favour and esteem of the pope, who gave him an official position at his court. After one year of serving pope Cola returned to Rome gathering there a band of supporters. Very soon, after eloquent speech in the parliament against the aristocracy a new series of laws was published and accepted, giving authority and power to Rienzo. Rienzo took the title of tribune without stricking a blow, while the nobles left the city or went into hiding.
    Very soon the new tribune was accepted by all classes because Rienzo governed the city with the stearn justice. Under his rule the city streets were cleared of robbers and the tranquillity was restored at homes. The tribune was regarded by all the people as the destined restorer of Rome and Italy.
    As it usually happens with people on power, Rienzo in time become the victim of his own extravagant pretensions. His government was costly and to meet its many expensies he was obliged to lay heavy taxes upon the people. He ofended the pope by his arrogancy and pride and Clement gave power to a legate to depose him and and gring him to trial. In his bull the pope denunced Cola as a criminal, a pagan and a heretic. Soon after Cola was forced to abdicate his government and fled from Rome.
    The statue of tribune, by Girolamo Masini, was erected in 1877 at the foot of Capitoline Hill.

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    Museo Centrale del Risorgimento

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 30, 2011

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    In 1878 the Italian Parliament decided to build the monument, dedicated to the first King of unified Italy. It was Vittorio Emanuele II who unified Italy in 1861, a territory which before unification was divided in more then dozen small states. At the same time, there was the idea of founding museum destined to gather the testimonies of the political, economical and social transformation of Italy during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The testimonies consist of papers, paintings, sculptures, prints, arms etc. which recall the events and cheaf protagonists.
    Museo Centrale del Risorgimento is integral part of Vittoriano complex, which is also called "Altare della patria" (the altair of the homeland).

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    La Befana - the witch

    by croisbeauty Written Nov 29, 2011

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    January 6 is national holiday in Italy and traditions of La Befana are a big part of Christmas celebrations. Epiphany commemorates the 12th day of Christmas when the Three Wise Men arrived at the manger bearing gifts of Baby Jesus.
    The traditional celebration of Epiphany includes the tale of a witch known as La Befana, who arrives on her broomstick during a night of January 5th and fills the stockings with toys and sweets for the good children and lumps of coal for the bad ones. Children hang their stockings on the evening of January 5th awaiting the visit of La Befana.

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    New Year fair at Navona

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 29, 2011

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    Piazza Navona is definatelly the most adorable square of Roman citizens, it is always crowded by the locals and visitors but in particularly during month of December. This square has some special charm, closed from all sides and offering to visitors a sort of playground ambiance. No wonder this square was choosen for small Xmass fair box offering cheap souvenirs and carusels for the kids.

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    Museo di Roma - Palazzo Braschi

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 27, 2011

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    Palazzo Braschi is neo-Classical structure situated nearby Piazza Navona. Today it houses the Museo di Roma, the civic museum of Rome.
    But this building was in particularly interesting to me because of Duce. During the Italian fascist period, Palazzo Braschi used as the political headquarters of Benito Mussolini.

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    Mille e quattro fontane

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 26, 2011

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    Fountain have provided drinking water and decorated the squares of ancient Rome. There were nine aqueducts which fed 39 monumental fountains and 591 public basins, besides, the water was supplied to the imperial household, baths and owners of private villas. There excisted even consul who was named "curator aquarum" or guardian of the water. Romans were so clever connecting each major fountains to two different aqueducts, in case one was shut down for service.
    Fontana dei Tritoni, comissioned by Pope Clement XI, was dewsigned by Carlo Francesco Bizzaccheri, and is located in Piazza Bocca della Verita.

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    Palazzo della Giustizia

    by croisbeauty Updated Oct 5, 2011

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    I came closer to take the picture of the Bridge Umberto I and there was this beautiful palace across the river of Tevere. Later on, after checking the city map, I realized it is The Palace of the Justice. In some other towns such a palace would be considered as one of the most attractive sights and proudly exposed to the tourists in the city guide. But Rome is different place and its citizens call this building "Palazzaccio" which is actually insulting name for ugly kind of building.
    The palace was built from 1889 to 1910 in some mixed Renaissance and neo-Classical style.

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    Advertisements for Crematorium?

    by iblatt Written Sep 25, 2011

    These photos were taken near villa Borghese, but there are lots of these advertisements all over the city, even on big billboards. I was quite surprised to see a crematorium service advertised in this way, but my Italian friend Nicola illuminated me:

    In Italy it is common to have advertisements for companies that take care of funeral services. Crematoria companies started to develop in recent years. The reason is that originally it was forbidden to cremate by the Catholic Church. Nowadays, there has been a revision of this concept and the Church accepts the procedure. People are starting to like it as well, because it is less expensive than buying a burial place for a coffin... Now municipalities are sponsoring it as well, because it will reduce the space they need to allocate to cemeteries...

    Ok, I got it. But I still can't see how the picture of ashes spilling out of a jar, with a crab walking through them, will attract potential customers?..

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    Are the "statues" pickpockets, some in Rome are

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 14, 2011

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    We usually stand in front of the statues admiring their beauty and skill of the sculptors who made them. Rome is rich of magnificent statues which can be found all over the town, in particularly on many of its numerous squares. There excist talking statues in Rome but at the same certain "statues" are very skillfull in pickpocketing. Some locals who are acting "statues" from the past ancient times of Rome, use them in order to sack naive tourists, attracted by chance to make immemorable snapshot for family album.
    The good advise is; put your money or purse in a safe place before getting together with such a group of, allow me to say, professional plunderers.

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    Fontana delle Tartarughe

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 13, 2011

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    The late Italian Renaissance Fontana delle Tartarughe is located in the little Piazza Matei which is just a foot from Area Sacra at Largo Argentina. It is 16th century fountain built by the architect Giacomo della Porta, while the bronzes are work of Taddeo Landini. The bronzes turtles around the upper basin, usually attributed either to Gian Lorenzo Bernini or Andrea Sacchi, were added around mid of 17th century, when to fountain were restored.
    The fountain, like all renaissance fountains, was designed to supply drinking water to the Roman population.
    To me it is the most charming fountains I have seen in whole of Rome.

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