Alternative Rome

ROMAN UNDERWORLD: BROTHELS, TAVERNS AND SLUMS AT CARAVAGGIO’S TIME

ROMAN UNDERWORLD: BROTHELS, TAVERNS AND SLUMS AT CARAVAGGIO’S TIME

If you have enough of the majestic beauty of emperors’ Rome, then the current exhibit at the French Academy might satisfy your yen for something different: “The Baroque Underworld: Vice and Destitution in Rome” shows the oddest sides of the city at the time when the Popes were her indisputable…
NATIVITY SCENES: EIGHT CENTURIES OF TRADITION ON EXHIBIT

NATIVITY SCENES: EIGHT CENTURIES OF TRADITION ON EXHIBIT

Every December since 1976 an exhibit in Rome celebrates the 8-centuries-old Italian tradition of Nativity scenes building, an art going back to the time of St. Francis. It’s “100 Presepi”, hosted by the worth-visiting location of Sale del Bramante, besides the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in the heart…
“CINEMONDO” AT VILLA MEDICI

“CINEMONDO” AT VILLA MEDICI

French Academy in Rome is currently hosting the fourth edition of “CINEMONDO”, the International film festival which this is year is dedicated to South-East Asia film industry. On show from 27 November to 3 December 2014 movies from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Special honor will be tributed to works which…
THANKSGIVING DAY IN ROME

THANKSGIVING DAY IN ROME

On Thursday 27th people from USA will celebrate their traditional Thanksgiving Day. As usual, the fourth Thursday of November marks this festivity which origin can be traced back to Sixteenth century religious disputes in England. Pilgrims migrated to USA apparently celebrated their first Thanksgiving Day in the year 1621, at…
NEW OPENINGS AT VILLA TORLONIA: THEATRE AND & MUSSOLINI’S BUNKER

NEW OPENINGS AT VILLA TORLONIA: THEATRE AND & MUSSOLINI’S BUNKER

Autumn marks Villa Torlonia’s rebirth. The dwelling place of Mussolini and his family from 1925 to 1943 finally opens again to public two more sections of its historical structures: the theatre and the first of a series of bunkers built up by Mussolini soon after the beginning of the II…
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