The Ugly Face of Italian Fascist Architecture

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The Foro Italico in the north of Rome manages to combine the ludicrous with the appalling It is found in the north of Rome and is, in a way, the most incredible thing I have ever seen. Imagine a monument constructed by the Nazis for the glorification of Adolf Hitler and his achievements that for some reason survived WWII – only to be integrated, a few years after, into the building complex of a prestigious

The Ugly Face of Italian Fascist Architecture

The Beauties of Fascist Architecture in Rome

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A walk through the EUR district demonstrates that bad governments can have amazingly good taste. Rome is one of the few cities in the world that have never been entirely redone – unlike Paris and London, for example, both very old cities, too (although not quite as old as Rome) which today consist largely of 19th century townscapes with some older and some newer buildings thrown in.

Rome, conversely, is much more of

The Beauties of Fascist Architecture in Rome

A Walk from Ostia Antica to Lido di Ostia

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Roman Holidays: From Ostia Antica to Lido di Ostia Ostia was, and up to a point still is, Rome’s connection with the Mediterranean. Ostia is the Latin word for mouth, and this is what the ancient Romans called the place where the river Tiber met the sea.

Due to silting, however, this place has moved considerably over the last 2000 years, which is why today, you can walk through the open countryside –

A Walk from Ostia Antica to Lido di Ostia

Is Castel Gandolfo Worth a Visit?

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Roman Holidays: Is Castel Gandolfo Worth a Visit? The bad news first.

While Lake Albano looks great from the train when you are approaching Castel Gandolfo station near Rome: lush, green, scenic and just the right size for an easy once-around (an estimated 10 km) that would still give you plenty of time to explore the near-by town …

… it is not all that it seems.

Is Castel Gandolfo Worth a Visit?

The Road to Rome

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Roman Holidays: Walking Down the Road to Rome All roads lead to Rome. But this is not to say that it does not matter which one of these roads you are going to take. Clearly, there is one road to Rome which is more deeply woven into the city’s historical fabric than the others, more famous and more glamorous than the rest, and it is this one that we are going to explore today.

The Road to Rome

Let’s Go Eating in Rome

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Roman Holidays: Eating in Rome One of the great advantages of having a holiday flat in a residential area – rather than a downtown hotel – is that you are going to live like local people and do what local people do, if only for a week: you shop for groceries in ordinary supermarkets, search for the best near-by bakery and need to familiarize yourself with the public transport system. Best of all, however, in

Let’s Go Eating in Rome

More Famous Movies in Rome

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Roman Holidays: More Famous Movies in Rome At the end of Part One in our movie walk through Rome, we arrived at the Tempio di Adriano in Piazza di Pietra. This is where we pick up the trail for today’s conclusion of the tour.

Continue straight into Piazza della Rotonda for more art-house cinema, this time with a distinctly Anglo-Saxon flavour.

Peter Greenaway may very well be

More Famous Movies in Rome

Famous Movies in Rome

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Roman Holidays: Retracing Famous Movies in Rome This week, we are staying in Rome – on the invitation of GowithOh who have kindly provided us with a flat in the beautiful district of Trastevere, in walking distance to nearly all of that great city’s many sights. During our seven-day stay, we will try out a few short and easy walks in the countryside around Rome, but also explore the city itself, searching – as always

Famous Movies in Rome

What Can You Hope to See with Two Hours in Rome?

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Guest Post: Walking in Italy Two Hours on the Streets of Rome written by Thomas Dowson Two hours in Rome … am I serious? Yes, very! When sightseeing in Rome most visitors head straight to the obvious attractions, and with good reason. Of course you should not miss the Colosseum. Not only is this the iconic symbol of Rome, both past and present, it is probably one of the most recognisable archaeological sites in

What Can You Hope to See with Two Hours in Rome?