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Great news from Pompeii: five domus have been restored

posted by Home In Italy on April 20th, 2016

Double opening for the archeological site and the museum. From the Octavio Quartius gardens to the huge complex of Julia Felix and the extraordinary viridarium of the House of the goddess of the sea. While Pompeii preserves the appearance of a unique, large restoration site, its cultural offer is increasing: 5 new domus and the Amphitheatre are now open to the public, together with the art exhibition “Myth and nature” in the Archeological Museum in Naples.

The five houses amaze the visitors with their beauty. Here the gardens of Casa Octavius Quartius, where there are the fresco of the double suicide of love of Pyramus and Thisbe and Narciso, mirrored in the waters .
Next to it, the viridarium of the House of Venus in the shell: on the back wall the painting of the goddess of the sea, back to its ancient splendor, and the reproduction of a stature of Mars.
The grandiose complex of Julia Felix is also reopening, a hotel with spa facilities and the porch with square marble columns.

A surprise is offered by the House of Orchard, well known for its garden frescoes and the atrium decorated with mosaic in black and white and a beautiful marble table column. Also eagerly awaited is the reopening of Marcus Lucretius House that charmed Pablo Picasso and Leonide Massine, immortalized in that same garden by photographer Jean Cocteau in 1917.

Piero della Francesca an absolute legend

posted by Home In Italy on April 7th, 2016

Forli’, 13th February – 26th June 2016

What do Paolo Uccelli, Balthus, Edward Hopper and Piero della Francesca have in common? The answer is not immediate and it is not enough to follow the path of Piero della Francesca between Umbria, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Marche. It is indeed essential to visit the art exhibition which is held in Forlì. It will be a valuable experience in order to better understand the greatness of this artist and how he influences his contemporaries.

It will be possible to admire great pieces of art, such as Our Lady of Mercy (Museo Civico di San Sepulchre), Apollonia, from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Saint Jerome and a devotee from the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice and the Madonna and Child found ten years ago in a private collection.
The 250 works presented include the works of artists who contributed to the formation of Piero della Francesca, such as Beato Angelico, Paolo Uccello and Andrea del Castagno, Carra de Chiricho, and works painted by foreign artists who were inspired by him . An exhibition that alone would be worth the trip to this pleasant city.


Perugia: amazing underground city

posted by Home In Italy on March 30th, 2016

The hidden treasures of Perugia: starting from the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, it is possible to admire the succession of the Etruscan, Roman and Medieval ruins, between tunnels, walls and ancient streets.

During the restoration of the Cathedral complex, big tracts of Etruscan Walls (VI – V century. BC) were brought to light: the walls had the dual function of containment of the ancient acropolis town, besides being one of the key elements of a religious building. The travertine blocks that make up these walls have a chunky appearance and are placed one above the other without using mortar.
Also numerous fragments of Roman architectural decorations, such as capitals, marble frames related to Roman times have emerged, dating back to the II century BC.

The excavations have also revealed other important finds, such as for example the remains of an old furnace used in the building of the Cathedral during the late Medieval age.

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News: The Temple of Neptune at Paestum opens to the public after 20 years

posted by Home In Italy on March 22nd, 2016

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March, the temple of Neptune in Paestum will be open to the public. For the first time visitors can see inside the Greek best preserved temple of the peninsula, built in the fifth century BC, and appreciate, from a new perspective, the Doric architecture that enchanted Piranesi, Goethe and many other famous travelers.

It will be possible to walk through the Doric columns of the temple, built around 470 BC from the Greek colony of Poseidonia, and the cell where he had kept the statue of the deity. By end of April, once the installation of special walkways will be finalized, the other two temples of Paestum archaeological site will be accessible inside. An unforgettable experience that will allow us to immerse ourselves in the ancient Magna Grecia. During summer time, from 21st July to 9th September, it will be possible to visiti Paestum by night, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Info: museopaestum.beniculturali.it