Roman districts

Roman districts

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

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Foro Italico – an enclave of the cult of Mussolini and his empire

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Forum of Augustus (Forum Augustum) – a complex in his own honor and that of religion

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Forum Boarium – an ancient place of trade and cult

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Forum of Caesar (Forum Iulium) – discreet ambitions of a dictator, meaning a square in his own honor

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Forum of Nerva – an unfinished work of a condemned emperor

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Catacombs of St. Agnes – burial in the shadow of a famous martyr

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Small Aventine – in search of ancient and early Christian Rome

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Piazza del Popolo – the calling card of the city: a prestigious, elegant and representative location

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Piazza della Madonna dei Monti – a place not for tourists, picturesque and lively

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Piazza della Rotonda – the tribulation of popes, a square cleaned for centuries

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Piazza Navona – from a stadium to a representative salon of the pope

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Piazza Venezia – the vibrant heart of Rome

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Via dei Fori Imperiali – an axis with political and ideological roots

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Via della Conciliazione – a road to reconciliation, and at the same time the beginning of a new era for the Church

Raphael (1483–1520) – the prematurely deceased genius of the Renaissance

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Raphael (1483–1520) – the prematurely deceased genius of the Renaissance

He was adored by the rich and influential, while on the day of his death, he was mourned not only by Pope Leo X but also the whole artistic community. He was seen as a pleasant, gentle, kind, and sociable person, who on top of that was righteous and noble. As his biographer, Giorgio Vasari claimed, "Raphael passionately loved women and was always ready for their services. This was why he was constantly seeking bodily pleasures." These kept him away from his work and perhaps as the concerned Vasari suggested, were also the cause of his death.

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The Transfiguration – the most divine of all Raphael’s works

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The Transfiguration – the most divine of all Raphael’s works

He was viewed as a painting genius, while his painting as exceptional. His figures were beautiful, both in the physical as well as the spiritual dimension, compositions were clear, the color scheme perfect. However, Raphael's last work cannot be characterized in this way. The artist has no desire to emanate with harmony, just the opposite – he puts us in front of distinct emotions, faces twisted in a grimace, dramatic gestures, and shouts, which seem to come to the viewer from inside the painting.

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Bernini’s Habakkuk and the Angel, meaning the story of a mysterious journey into the lion’s den

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Bernini’s Habakkuk and the Angel, meaning the story of a mysterious journey into the lion’s den

We enter the chapel and immediately our eyes are drawn to a group of figures, which seems to blast open the niche in which it finds itself – an older man in a dynamic pose, who is held by an angel by his lock of hair. The lively gestures of their hands indicate that there is a conflict brewing. The angel seems to be ordering the man to do something, which he questions, pointing in a different direction. When we follow the angel’s finger, we begin to understand what he means. He is pointing to a figure of another man found in the opposite niche – but what is it that truly conn...

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