Roman districts

Roman districts

Aventine Hill – a place of peace, harmony and spiritual enrichment

Roman districts

Small Aventine – in search of ancient and early Christian Rome

Rospigliosi – a shadow of its former glory

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Rospigliosi – a shadow of its former glory

This family remained unknown in Rome until the times of Clement IX. This pope famous for his love of poetry and music, similarly to his predecessors on St. Peter’s throne, brought to Rome a number of his closest relatives, entrusting them with strategic political, military and clerical posts in the State of the Church. And although he exhibited a certain restraint in nepotism, which was mainly an effect of the short duration of his pontificate, the Rospigliosi family owes its position in the city on the Tiber to him.

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Bronzino’s Madonna with Child, St. John the Baptist and St. Anne – meaning a song of love sentenced to suffering

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Bronzino’s Madonna with Child, St. John the Baptist and St. Anne – meaning a song of love sentenced to suffering

Looking on at this painting, we can have no doubts: the scene depicting the Madonna with Child, one of the most well-known and popular iconographic motifs of Christian art is filled with a certain mystery, something that destroys the canon of this representation. We feel that there is "something besides that which is known", but what is it?

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Fontane di Piazza San Pietro – water fireworks at St. Peter’s Square

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Fontane di Piazza San Pietro – water fireworks at St. Peter’s Square

Standing upon St. Peter's Square and looking around at the wonders of the architecture surrounding it, only after a while will we notice two fountains, located on either side of the Vaticano Obelisk. Their beauty is by no means exceptional, however, the sound of the water and its drops splashing around, create a glowing wall of multi-colored fog, supplementing the ideal harmony of this place – an urban masterpiece.

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