“A picture is a poem without words.” ― Horace In the center of Rome and in the center of a beautiful park, a collection of artistic treasures swelled up to rest …with zest! Paintings with dramatic faces and scenes… and statues screaming their emotions! Each seemed to convey “I am alive”! And whilst the spectators are intellectually stimulated by the vitality of the masterpieces, there was that sense of awe, admiration and respect for such a creative power. Advertisements
“La vita e un sino!” Life is but a dream! I was totally enamored by this surrealistic scene! It’s an afternoon delight strolling about the beautiful Piazza Navona. Whilst enjoying a cool afternoon with the exquisite rays of the sun, I gazed with pleasure upon the effervescent breadth of the piazza, tainted with an old-world charm and tinged with a golden light!
“No house could keep out the city’s noise, day and night”, a Roman satirist from the early 2nd century once said. It has remained true to this day. Rome is full of piazze or squares and this is its most famous piazza… Piazza di Spagna! Crowded but captivating, you can first sit cheek-to-cheek with your companions or strangers on a bench around the fountain and capture the movement of the water and look at its intriguing design – a half-sunken ship which was a tribute to the flood of the… Read More
“Three coins in the fountain…Each one seeking happiness…Thrown by three hopeful lovers…Which one will the fountain bless? “ ♫ *♥*♪ This beautiful song resonates to millions of people around the world. Like the fountain, Frank Sinatra’s smooth euphonious voice, the song’s dreamy melody and lyrics have been flowing sweetly…and will continue to flow for years to come. According to the famous legend, if you throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, tossing it with your right hand over your left shoulder, you will return to Rome. The second coin thrown, and this… Read More
“The architect must not only understand drawing, but music.” A beautiful rhythm flowed into the design of one of the world’s greatest architectural masterpieces, the Pantheon, as it harmoniously juxtaposes creativity with building skills.
“Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.” My mind takes me to a quiet, charming and opulent place on top of a hill. I could picture Cicero, deep in thought, perhaps contemplating on the issues of the State or simply gathering his thoughts into literary forms in the middle of his garden bathed in beautiful sunlight…or Augustus, as he takes refuge in his tablinum, looking out at his lovely courtyard while reclining on a lectus medius, feeling tired at the end of the day from going around his realm and… Read More
“Rome is the city of echoes, the city of illusions, and the city of yearning.” It was here in the Roman Forum, Rome’s oldest public square, where Cicero delivered his ringing speeches, perhaps with Catiline’s face flashed before his closed eyes and words spoken with such vehemence, echoing through the ages… It was here where Marc Antony delivered his famous funeral speech…It was here where Augustus was named the first emperor of the Roman Empire…It was here where the Senate met and the most powerful men of the ancient world cast their… Read More
“While the Colosseum stands, Rome shall stand; when the Colosseum falls, Rome shall fall; when Rome falls, the world shall fall.” – Venerable Bede After almost 2,000 years… after all the earthquakes, storms, lightnings, plunderers, wars (including the bombings of WWII), and all the other destructions brought about by forces of nature and humans, the gigantic Colosseum today firmly stands in the center of Rome… it is still the world’s most famous sports arena and the most famous structure in Rome. It’s a physical reminder of Rome’s imperial power, which it… Read More
“Barritus!” The Roman soldiers’ battlecry, dramatically uttered, as dramatic as their movements in battle…like when the Roman soldiers dropped down to one knee and held their shields out as a defensive barrier, protecting themselves by positioning their shields in a formation called the “testudo” or “tortoise”, which was first used by Mark Antony during his invasion of Parthia in 36 BC.
“Veni, vidi, vici!” Julius Caesar must have uttered these words with such passion and intensity after crushing a rebellion. Born in July 12, 100 BC, this brilliant Roman general, politician, speaker, and writer hailed from a notable lineage. His father, Gaius Julius Caesar, was a senator, quaestor, praetor, and governor in Asia. His mother, Aurelia Cotta, was a daughter of a senator, consul and military commander. Certainly, his father, who died when Caesar was only 15, must have presented to him a series of political allusions…and coming from one of the oldest… Read More