Monthly Archives: August 2012

Eataly Opens In Rome

eataly romeRome June 2012: Eataly has opened its biggest store in the world. The current location is in an abandoned air terminal built for the 1990 Italy World Cup event. Four storey complex with 20 restaurants, bars, coffee and diverse specialist markets for cheese, ham, pasta, olives oils and wines.

Oscar Farinetti said: “Welcome to the biggest place in the world dedicated to Italian food. Our aim is to make it the third most visited place after the Colosseum and the Vatican Museums”.

Seen the aftermath of January 2007 Turin debut and later succeeding in opening 18 others (eight in Italy) including New York and Tokyo; Farinetti seem to give correct business forecast but don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.

Anyway, people have started chatting and twitting about this structure that gave a sense of joy for the employment (400 workers) it created in a time of economic crack down and restoring the abandoned store to life.

Eataly is not just a food mega store with the best Italian quality but kind of school that teaches children responsible food consumption and be food friendly.

Those visiting Rome for few days can take the opportunity to enjoy foodies in this station in just few  underground or train stops from the main tourist attractions of Rome.

Metro B: from Termini direction Laurentina and get off Piramide (Ostiense Station).

Train: from Tiburtina Station direction Fiumicino Airport and get off Piramide (Ostiense Station) .

Adu K

Castle Sant’Angelo

Just like urban fabric of Rome, Castel Sant’Angelo is an amalgamation of different historic periods.

First built between 135 and 139 A.D, it was Castel-SantAngelo2designed as a mausoleum and funerary monument for emperor Hadrian, marble statues and cypress trees sat atop the tomb as well as a massive bronze quadriga.

By the 14th century , the fortress was being converted into a castle by Pope Nicholas III, complete with impenetrable dungeons use to detain the enemies of the church, sometimes indefinitely, and a raised escape passage.

In the height of the Renaissance, Pope III, converted the castle into a luxurious papal residence, with frescoed walls, stuccoed ceilings and rich furnishings, now is one of the most visited museums of the city.

Every summer, the Castel San’t Angelo is a hub of after-dark activity, with concerts, events, tours and even a restaurant set up on its ramparts.

All months, not only the castle opens its doors long after its regular closing time, but several sections of the site that are generally inaccessible are open to the public.

The Medieval prisons, the Stufetta of Pope Clemente VII, and the most intriguing: the Passetto, can all be visited with free guided tour in English, Italian, Spanish and French.

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Rome: Rugby Appointment

Rome 17 November: Italy versus New Zealand rugby Test Match. The visitors are favorite but Italy is not an easy team too.

New Zealand all blacks are famous for Haka (traditional New Zealand dance) show, which over the years has become identity of the national team.

In the RBS Six Nations games, Italy is scheduled to play France on February 3rd, Wales (last year’s winners) on February 23rd and Ireland on March 16.

Rugby is believed to has been first created in 1823 football game when a pupil –William Webb Ellis- picked up the ball and started running. Unfortunately there is no evidence to back this incident.

In a rugby game there are 15 players per team and play for 80 minutes. Amazingly the shape of the ball is oval but not for technical reasons rather for the fact that the first ball made by a coddler was from a pig’s bladder and when inflated became oval.

Adu K