6 January 2010

My neighbourhood: first look

I do not find my neighbourhood particularly inspiring, probably because of a few characteristics I do not like. Quartiere Della Vittoria is one of the poorest when you consider parks, but one of the wealthiest and conservative for what concerns people, most of them old people. Maybe I will find how to look at it straight into the eyes, so to speak. In the meantime, here a reversed reflection of a typical building from the early 20th century.

5 January 2010

Bust of poet Dante Alighieri

The gardens of the Pincio are lined with over 200 busts of famous Italians. They are easily valdalized, with their nose the preferred goal. Dante Alighieri, the Italian "Supreme poet", is placed near the Hydrochronometer.

3 January 2010

The Pincio hydrochronometer

Within the Pincio gardens, in Rione Campo Marzio, there is a bizarre hydrochronometer built by Fr. Giovan Battista Embriaco in 1867. Although not the only such water clock in Rome, this one is by far the easiest to see. As far as I remember, the hydrochronometer has always been in one of three states: "left to rust", "under maintenance", "not running". When this picture was taken, despite the 2007 restoration and an ideal, spring-like weather, the water clock was in the third state.

14 September 2006

Monte San Biagio from Fondi lake

View from Fondi coastal lake towards the Ausoni mountains, in the Central Appenines, and Monte San Biagio, a village about 150 km South of Rome.

13 September 2006

The shore of Fondi lake

View towards the shore taken from a wooden boat sailing on Fondi lake, a coastal salt-water natural reserve about 150 km south of Rome.

8 March 2006

Tugboat Millennium

Tugboat Millennium moored near the mouth of Fiumicino river.

7 March 2006

M/S John Kennedy

Wooden trawler John Kennedy moored along lazy Fiumicino river.

6 March 2006

Trawlers at Fiumicino

Sunset on a Sunday afternoon in Fiumicino. Literally meaning "little river", Fiumicino is both the name of one of the mouths of the Tiber river and a small sea town, formerly Rome's 14th municipality.

2 March 2006

Building site for two

Restauration work going on around a large vase in largo dei Cavalli Marini, villa Borghese park.

26 February 2006

Spring concert

Clear signs of spring in viale Mazzini, quartiere Della Vittoria. Luciano Ligabue next concert will be on June 3rd at the Olympic Stadium.