Typical Roman sweets. The “Drunkards” of the Castelli
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by Max Parini
1w ago
Most of the recipes of Roman cuisine originate from peasant culture. Ciambellette al vino are a dessert typical of the castles of the province of Rome in Lazio and date back to the customs of the ancient Lazio countryside. It was prepared with makeshift ingredients by very poor families, and then became very popular thanks to the lucky flavor, enriched by the pungent taste of the wine. In the Lazio region there are several variations, including the one that involves the use of the must, which returns a sweeter flavor or the use of citrus fruits, cinnamon or fennel seeds. They tend to be cons ..read more
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In Rome there is a “particular” restaurant
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by Max Parini
1w ago
The place is famous for the insults, swearing and profanity (hence the name) addressed to customers by the service staff and the entertainer. The waiters, with each dish, make compliments and jokes aimed at the customers; the musical animation with guitar and accordion consists of Roman vernacular stornelli, adapted and weighted according to the audience present at the tables. It sounds like a joke and instead it’s a spectacular commercial gimmick. It’s not easy to eat in this place because you are laughing all the time. Traditional Roman cuisine, entertainment and guaranteed entertainment. S ..read more
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The city walls of Rome: Saint Paul Door
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by Max Parini
1w ago
After talking about the Porta Latina and the origin of the word Lazio associated with it, we dedicate our article to one of the most impressive and best preserved of the gates of the Aurelian Walls in Rome. The name is due to the fact that it is located near the exit for the Basilica of San Paolo outside the walls. The Gate has two huge towers with a circular base and originally two arches, it once took the name of Porta Ostiensis because the via Ostiense starts here and reaches the sea of Ostia between via Marmorata and viale Aventino. Over the years the port of Ostia lost its significant r ..read more
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Gladiator fights were abolished in 404 AD
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by Max Parini
2w ago
The gladiatorial activity was abolished in 404 by Honorius I. Already the emperor Constantine did everything possible to put an end to the barbarism of the Colosseum, however it was only in 404 that the shows ended completely. The battles were abolished following an accident in which the Greek monk Almacchio (or Telemachus) was killed, who went down to the Arena to protest against these abominable tortures. But who were the gladiators really? What really happened in the Colosseum in Rome and in the other amphitheaters of the Roman Empire and why did these shows get abolished after so many deat ..read more
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Where does the name Lazio come from?
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by Max Parini
3w ago
Start our journey to get to know the Gates of Rome one by one. In fact, the city is surrounded by imposing protective walls that delimited its borders and by 14 access gates. An important anecdote is linked to one of these. Latina Door For each door, there are hundreds of associated anecdotes. When you cross these doors it seems to cross not only a frontier and therefore space, but to cross time. One of these fourteen gates is the Porta Latina, whose name derives from the name of the Via Latina in the perimeter of Lazio and belongs to the Aurelian Walls. Unlike other gates that have undergone ..read more
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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died, funeral on January 5th
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by Max Parini
1M ago
The Pope Ratzinger was 95 years old and in the last few days his condition had worsened. Pope Francis had asked the world to pray for him. Pope Benedict XVI With pain I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 am, in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican”. With this press release, the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Matteo Bruni, announced the death of the pontiff who preceded Pope Bergoglio. Pope Ratzinger was 95 years old and in the last few days his conditions had worsened. Pope Francis had asked the faithful to pray for him. Benedict X ..read more
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St. Peter’s Dome made from a drawing by Michelangelo
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by Max Parini
1M ago
Did you know? The Dome of St. Peter’s Square was made from a drawing by Michelangelo. The most famous “Er cupolone” in the world has dominated the skyline of the Roman panorama for centuries, surprising every time with its majesty. Without a doubt, the dome of St. Peter’s Square is one of the symbols of Rome. It forms the cover of the cruise of St. Peter’s basilica in the Vatican. It is one of the largest masonry roofs ever built; it has an internal diameter of about 42 meters and brings the overall height of the basilica, from the base to the top of the lantern, to over 130 meters. The dome o ..read more
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The history of Testaccio district in Rome
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by Max Parini
1M ago
The neighborhood develops around Monte dei Cocci, an artificial hill born from the accumulation of discarded Roman amphorae. The shards were neatly arranged in various layers; if you find yourself on the hill, know that under your feet are the remains of more than fifty million amphorae that contained oil and other commodities. The hill has a perimeter of about one kilometer and is about 50 meters high. Why were these amphorae thrown away? Testaccio Hill Did you know? It took 50 million amphorae to form the Testaccio hill: why were they thrown away? Monte Testaccio (Mons Testaceus, in Latin ..read more
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In 1939 the Circus Maximus was transformed into a gigantic seaside village
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by Max Parini
1M ago
On July 26th 1939, the newspaper Luce announced the “festive opening of the seaside village at the Circus Maximus”. The area, built in the space of the gigantic and ancient stadium, was a place to relax, sunbathe and swim. The structure, born close to the ruins of the Palatine, was equipped with three large swimming pools plus various other fields, intended for sports of all kinds, as well as a whole series of useful services, with attractions and entertainment. In the area of what was the ancient Circus Maximus (the Circus Maximus of Rome or rather what remains is the largest stadium in hist ..read more
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Roman monuments: the Quirinale, one of the largest presidential palaces in the world
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by Max Parini
2M ago
Imposing, magical, in the heart of Rome, with 1,200 rooms and nearly a thousand employees, the Quirinale is one of the symbols of Italy and of the capital. It sits on the highest of the city’s seven hills, and is the official residence of our President of the Republic. Covering an area of 110,500 square meters, it is the seventh largest building in the world and is 20 times the size of the White House. Since 1583, when it was built, it has hosted 30 popes and 4 kings. And 12 presidents, including Sergio Mattarella). Imposing, magical, in the heart of Rome, it has 1,200 rooms and almost a thou ..read more
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