Tales of Trastevere’s poets: Giuseppe Gioachino Belli

I first came across the Roman poet Giuseppe Gioachino Belli during nights out in Trastevere, when I used to pass his statue in the piazza dedicated to him on my way home. I was curious to discover the work of this man, so beloved in Rome, so I set out to study his dialect poetry. Belli (1791-1863) is … More Tales of Trastevere’s poets: Giuseppe Gioachino Belli

Pause to ponder: four Italian art jewels based in Edinburgh

At the end of October I returned to Edinburgh, my university town, for a cousin’s wedding. I took the opportunity to spend a morning revisiting the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound. It was a sweet reminder of the various Italian (and other) art jewels that I discovered as a student here more than ten years ago. … More Pause to ponder: four Italian art jewels based in Edinburgh

Pause to ponder: three fountains in Caserta’s Royal Palace

(This blog was originally posted by ItalianGems. If you are interested in reading more like it, follow me at https://italiangems.wordpress.com/ ) After visiting the gardens of the Royal Palace of Caserta I felt amazed by all the ornate fountains and was interested to discover more about the stories behind them. I particularly liked the top three, and so … More Pause to ponder: three fountains in Caserta’s Royal Palace

Pause to ponder: an Egyptian goddess in southern Italy

By ItalianGems When I walked around the town of Benevento in southern Italy I could see that a lot of it had been rebuilt following heavy bombing in World War Two. However, every now and then I spotted a remnant of older history in the buildings- a half-buried statue or an ancient plaque. I was even more … More Pause to ponder: an Egyptian goddess in southern Italy

Pause to ponder- Three Italian jewels in London

Last week I visited my family back in London. After a few days away from Italy I was really missing the chance to admire some Italian gems. So I headed over to the National Gallery to seek out some of the Italian jewels on display in Britain. I vaguely remembered some of the most famous ones, such as Titian’s … More Pause to ponder- Three Italian jewels in London

Rome’s little Madonnas part 1: gems watching over the city

By ItalianGems All photos and text copyright ItalianGems When you’re touring around top sights, or rushing to your office, you’ll likely have seen the many pretty little shrines on the corners or sides of buildings in Rome, most of them dedicated to Mary. Many of these sacred images were put in place to protect the houses … More Rome’s little Madonnas part 1: gems watching over the city