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.