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All the roads lead to Rome

posted by on February 26th, 2016

Where; Rome city center. Departure from the Colosseum

When: 10th April 2016

More info: www.maratonadiroma.it

We still have plenty of time for the 22nd edition of the Jubilee Rome Marathon, which will take place next April the 10th, but we already know it will be a great success: the evidence is the number of athletes who has already registered.

Guess which country has the higher number of marathoners who are coming to Rome? France. The curious thing is that just a week before, on April 3, will run the marathon just in Paris. Yet thousands of French have chosen to come to Rome. In second place the Great Britain: over a thousand participants from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The Marathon will be broadcasted by NBC Sport Channel in the USA and Canada, by ESPN in South America, by SKY in Mexico and New Zealand, by Foxin and Madison for Asia. In Arica the event will be broadcasted by Supersportnet, while in Europe there are already several national TV ready to transmit the event.

A global television coverage that testifies the great interest on the Rome Marathon and the candidate city to host the 2024 Olympic Games. The prestigious US magazine Forbes has compiled an authoritative ranking of the 12 marathons with the most beautiful routes in the world, including among these the one in Rome.

Historical Coffee Houses in Rome

posted by on February 15th, 2016

If we are asked to mention an historical coffee house in Italy, our mind goes to the Florian café in Venice (see our previous blog here). But, what about Rome?

Located in the elegant Via Condotti, in the very heart of Rome, is the Antco Caffe Greco; the second oldest coffee house in Italy, after the venetian Florian café. Meeting point for artists and intellectuals since the nineteenth century, it has been repeatedly portrayed in sketches and paintings, and had among its patrons even Schopenhauer, Franz Liszt, Stendhal, Wagner and Orson Welles. The Antico caffe’ Greco, with 300 ar works on display, is also one of the largest private art galleries open to public .
A few minutes walking from Via Condotti you can find Coffee Museum Atelier Canova Tadolini, in Via del Babbuino, where at the end of XVIII century Antonio Canova, the greatest exponent of Italian Neoclassicism, had set up his laboratory. Here, you can sip good coffee surrounded by an exceptional collection of sculptures.

In Via della Pace, located a few steps from Piazza Navona, you can find the Antico Caffè della Pace. Art Nouveau style for this nineteenth century coffee house, characterized by the ancient wooden furniture and facade covered with Virginia creeper. It was once a very trendy place, and it is still frequented by intellectuals and international stars.
Near Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, right in front of the Senate of the Italian Republic, there is the Caffè Sant’Eustachio. This coffee shop dates back to 1930’s and it still has the same furniture and the same floor of that era. Its emblem is the deer, the symbol of Sant’Eustachio.
Finally, the first tea room in Rome: Babington tea Room. Established in 1893 by Isabel Cargill and Anna Maria Babington, this tea and reading room was the result of the many Anglo-Saxons living in Rome who needed a place where they could drink their favourite beverage. Even today, this place overlooking the Spanish Steps is beloved by tea lovers who can find all the tea qualities and can breathe a quiet and reserved atmosphere. The XIX century style furniture , the wooden tables the teapots and exclusive porcelain make Babington tea room even more magical.

Rome. A permanent exhibition illustrating 70 years of film history

posted by on December 2nd, 2015

The magic of the Seventh Art in one of the places that have seen the birth of masterpieces known worldwide: Cinecittà, the temple of Italian cinema, opens with an exhibition that describes 70 years of cinema.

Girando a Cinecittà Shooting in Cinecittà is the name of the exhibition that will drive you in the enchanting atmosphere of the “Hollywood on the Tiber”. From the great films of the origins to the war movies, from the Renaissance though the neorealism and the golden age of the the 60s to the foreign productions, Shooting in Cinecittà shows photographs, costumes, set design, objects of films shot in the Roman soundstages, such as “Quo Vadis?” directed by Mervyn LeRoy, “Senso” by Luchino Visconti, “Fistful of Dollars” and “Once upon a time in America” by Sergio Leone, or Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor”.

Visiting the exhibition is a time-and-space travel in one of the least known area of the Italian capital which contains the secrets of one of the largest film industries of Europe. Not to mention that Italy is one of the favourite sets of the most famous film directors around the world.

The two most beautiful parks in Italy: the Garden of Ninfa and the garden of Villa Medici

posted by on November 25th, 2015

Written by Piero Carlesi – Touring club
The XIII edition of “The most beautiful park of Italy” competition awarded the Garden of Ninfa in the category private parks and the Gardens of Villa Medici in the category of public parks. The scientific committee selected these two natural jewels among more than thousand candidates, all of them part of the network of the Most Beautiful Parks of Italy (Parchi Più Belli d’Italia) and reviewed on the online guide www.ilparcopiubello.it, which has been promoting a naturalistic tourism in Italy for the past thirteen years.
The two parks can be visited during the same weekend, since they are about seventy Kms away from each other.

The Garden of Ninfa, in Cisterna di Latina, Lazio, was founded on the ruins of the ancient city, respecting the balance of the ecosystem and combining colours. Villa Medici is locatd in Rome, next to Trinità dei Monti. The villa is now property of the French State and houses the French Academy. The 7 hectares – garden still maintains much of the look it had in the sixteenth century.