Roman Carnival 2012



11-21 February 2012 

Born in the Middle Ages, the Roman Carnival, however, saw its maximum splendour after the election of Pope Paul II, who, after the transfer of the papal residence at the Palazzo Venezia, moved to the historical centre, and in particular on via Lata (now Via del Corso ), most of the carnival celebrations.

The Comedy of Art, mask parades, Agonal Games, carnival floats, jousts and tournaments, the highly anticipated Berber horse races and the “moccoletti celebrations” attracted the entire population, but also pilgrims and curious people from around the world. With the arrival of the House of Savoy in Rome in 1870, the Carnival began to decline, especially because of the many incidents that occurred during the games and of the many people who were wounded.

The Carnival in Rometook place in Piazza Navona, where recreational performances and fireworks were organized; Piazza del Popolo, starting point of the most important event of the Carnival: the Berber horse races; Via del Corso, along which the race ran and ended at Piazza Venezia.

The immortality of Roman carnival was praised by writers and poets such as Goethe, Gogol, Stendhal, Dickens and Dumas, and by the painting of Caffi, Shor and Orlov.

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The mysteries surrounding the tomb of St. Paul


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Symbols of art, archeology and of course religion are all part of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Most recently there’s been more attention on the tomb of St. Paul…and whether or not he’s actually buried in it. The story goes back centuries of course, but just a few years ago, a new phase began.

Fr. Prof Scott Brodeur S.I

Pontifical Gregorian University

“Archeologists found remains of human beings in there, through their scientific tests,they were able to determine that it went back to the first century.”

Archeologists drilled a small hole into the sarcophagus. Through a series of carbon 14 tests, the sample revealed traces of elegant purple linen, laminated with pure gold. Most importantly, they also found tiny bone fragments. For years, St. Paul’s original burial site was said to be the Basilica. But, eventually his remains were moved.

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“The Nazi ghettos” Exhibition at the Vittoriano Rome

Was inaugurated yesterday in Rome at the Vittoriano (Piazza Venezia), for the celebrations made ​​for Holocaust Memorial Day, the exhibition “The Nazi ghettos” housed in the Central Hall until March 4.

The exhibition, curated by Marcello Pezzetti, will trace the history of the Nazi ghettos in Poland, from 1939 to 1944: their creation, the daily life within them, hunger, disease, violence, forced labor, deportation, resistance, the final settlement.
A wooden fence with a barbed wire and a wall taller than six feet occupy the heart of the central hall of the Vittoriano in Rome. They are there to witness the nightmare they lived hundreds of thousands of Jewish ghettoized. Yes, because the first concentration camps were the Nazi ghettos the symbol of anti-Semitism, the barrier that separated the Jews from the rest of society.
The trip is within those barbed fences or walls that have interpreted the “quarantine zones” or “epidemic” of more than 400 ghettos in Poland emerged after the conquest of territory by Germany.

What was life like in these places separate from the world? At the extreme of indecency between regulations, restrictions, abuse and forced labor. They are shown for the first time color graphics that testify to the productivity level of the ghettos. Ghettos as a propaganda tool used to demonstrate the inferiority of the race. The exception is the case of Theresienstadt, 60 kilometers from Prague, which was called by Hitler the “model ghetto”, where reigned a propaganda different: they wanted to show people that the Jews during the war were of the privileged, who could also play football.

The exhibition describe one of the darkest moments of our recent history through artifacts, newspapers, photographs, documents and videos, from public and private institutions and international museums and archives: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington; Ghetto Fighters House, Galilee; Stowarzyszenie Zydowska Instytut, Warsaw; Vachem Yad, Jerusalem, Bundesarchiv Berlin, just to name a few.

Free entrance

Valentine’s Day 2012 “fall in love with art”

Valentine’s Day 2012 fall in love with art: a ticket for two to all state museums

This year the Ministry of Heritage and Culture offers a great opportunity everyone in love through the initiative “On Valentine’s Day, fall in love with art.” For the most romantic holiday of the year, February 14,2012, in all the museums, monuments and archaeological sites a couple will be pay  for one ticket. A day of culture, love, and all those great artists who have created their famous works inspired by love.

Valentine’s Day, February 14 inRomethere is the “Lock Date”

Single on Valentine’s Day and the risk of becoming depressed at home watching TV? Absolutely not. The free spirits of 2012 can take advantage of Valentine’s Day to celebrate the pride of their condition. Throughout Italy, in fact, Speed Date, a company specialized in organizing parties for singles, organizes games and evenings to allow the “burst” to have fun and make friends.

The major markets will beRome,Milan,Florence andTurin, where on February14, in cool and elegant locations, will be offered the Lock Date, a variant of the classic Speed ​​Date. Women will be given a lock, the  combination to men, the aim of the game will find the right key to open the door to a new friendship. For every lock opened will be raffled  fantastic prizes and holiday vouchers. 

Date Lock inRomewill take place at Futurarte Rome, Viale della Cultura di Lavoro, 50/52, Tuesday, February 14 at 20:45.

“Sea Life” a new aquarium will open in June in Rome

Sea Life Aquarium

It will host 5 thousand units belonging to 100 marine species. With 14 thousand square meters of water will be the largest in Italy.  30 large pools, 1 million litres of water. In the forecasts it will host 1 million visitors and will create over 200 new jobs, for a outlay of 80 million Euros. These are just some of the numbers of “Sea Life” Aquarium of Rome, which will open next June, the area below the Eur pond. The aquarium aims to be the largest inItalyand among the first spaces inEuropefor innovation and variety of aquatic animals.

The structure will be divided into two areas: the Sea Life, a 360° oceanic tunnel under the lake at Eur in which move more than 5 thousand specimens, from starfish to seahorses, from jellyfish to breed up to get to the sharks.

But the attraction will be the most important pools in which fish swim sophisticated robots. In fact, to welcome the Expo will not be fearful or shy killer crabs, but futuristic beings. The fish and jellyfish robot, developed by the Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, will serve to biologists and researchers to study and develop the habits of the fauna in the basins and also to test new robotic systems that will use the mechanisms developed in millions of years by nature, can be applied to new devices such as prostheses or artificial limbs that can help the man.

Covered with artificial leather latex very similar to the original organic, fish robots have sensors that allow it to move independently, reproducing the typical movements of the species to which they refer. The robots can be guided by the public through special touch-screen, located on the pools, which will also serve to illustrate and explain the habits and characteristics of marine species and develop scientific research projects for the marine protection, conservation and education.

Furthermore there will be an innovative and technological 400 seats auditorium for the projection of 3D stereoscopic movies.

Sea Life Rome

The structure will be able to host one million visitors every year and will also include conference areas, museums, shops and restaurant and a parking with 700 parking places.
The Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno during the conference for the presentation of Aquarium of Rome said that “Rome in 2011 broke all records in tourist arrivals and this aquarium should enable a further leap in level: our goal is to override Paris and London for arrivals and presences, and projects like this are crucial to remember that tourism in Rome is not only linked to the past but is also projected into the future. ”


Happy Birthday from the the Ministry for Arts and Culture.

Seen the great success of last year, the Ministry has renewed the initiative for the entire 2012, offering free admission to visitors of state art venues on their birthday, thus inviting to spend a day of celebration to the discovery of the immense cultural heritage present in Italy.

The promotion consists of a free ticket for Italian and European Union citizens to state cultural sites on their birthday, showing identity card at the box office.

When the birthday coincides with the closure of places, the free ticket will be valid for the day following the closing.

Rome Marathon


Rome Marathon

Rome Marathon

Sunday, March 18:  100,000 runners on the streets of the city.
The 18th Rome Marathon Acea, scheduled for Sunday, March 18, 2012 starting at 9am from the Via dei Fori Imperiali, is certified with “IAAF Gold Label Road Race”, the highest recognition awarded by the International Association of Athletics Federations. This is a historic milestone: for the first time an Italian marathon is inserted into the inner circle of the 16 tests on the distance certified Gold Label. The television coverage of the competition will be made by the RAI, with commentary on RAI Sport live from 1 to 9, and simultaneously on
Combined with the competitive assay of 42.195 kilometers is the non-competitive program open to all, The RomaFun Stracittadina of 4 km: a success of participation that has no equal in Europe, given the more than 85,000 attendees expected at the start from the Imperial at 9.10 am.

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The Befana a way to say goodbye to the Holidays

The Befana between events and nativities many ways to say goodbye to the holidays

Re Magi at St. Peter's

Re Magi at St. Peter's

Rome takes leave from the big Christmas holidays in a great way. In the last weekend of festivities, the classic appointment with the Befana still offers events and shows for all tastes and all ages. And not only in the capital.
Parade of the Magi, special Bioparco, music at the Auditorium, theater, hiking and cycling
Special day, especially dedicated to children. A thousand costumed figures will come to St. Peter. The game- laboratories at the Museum of Zoology and “The Nights of Dr. Stellarium” at the Planetarium

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