Sublime and idle, grand and intimate, the Italian capital keeps its luster in the crisis. Despite his moods and his nonchalance, she has not finished talking to her. Cultural riches to the art of living and gastronomy, rediscovery of an ever present Eternal City.


Rome: the Great Awakening of the Eternal City -The Colosseum, the most emblematic building of ancient Rome in the year 80, for his inauguration, 5,000 wild and 2,000 gladiators were killed there.

It is always wrong to forget Rome. Under the pretext that the masses of pilgrims flock there blissfully sandals to receive a blessing, that millions of tourists leave their ice flow on their fingers and feet, as legions of motorcycles disturb the most romantic moments, there not renounce the boundless charm of the Eternal City.

In Italy in crisis, Rome offers more than ever to any visitor the comforting pleasures of contemplation, walks always surprising delight new delicacies pecked in the streets, watching real actors are the inhabitants of this theater giant. An outdated Americano, perfectly served swallowed sips contemplating the facade of a church, we do not retain the name is enough to understand that what happens between these seven hills holds a unique lifestyle, which absorbs all the drama and always returns to celebrate the fun.

For nearly three millennia, a miraculous superposition of cultural sediments of unsurpassed fertility reinforces the metaphor of humanity. Take the Colosseum, Circus whose fame shone from the Atlantic to the Caucasus. It is the most emblematic building of ancient Rome and was probably the largest place of extermination of antiquity during his inauguration, which lasted one hundred days in the year 80, there sacrificed beasts 5000 and 2000 Gladiators lost their lives, shedding torrents of blood.
Admire the golden sunsets

Very soon, thousands of Christian martyrs eventually devoured by wild beasts. To the point that small cabochons, inserted into the columns of the circus at the time of the popes, and still visible today, offer a “year plenary indulgence” to those who gather there. In 2014, it is the Tod’s brand is generously supported restoring the building. Today, Chateaubriand could not write as he did in his time: “Rome slumbers amid the ruins”, or James Joyce compare the city to a “cadaverous woman.”

But Rome is lounging, no doubt, in this green stone carved where thousand domes and spiers arise, ancient columns, unusual and welcome pines, the inevitable “typewriter” Vittoriano, white marble monument erected in honor of Victor Emmanuel II and the Italian unit. In this dazzling décor stand out, too often ignored, perched groves where it is good to take a little height to admire the golden sunsets.
“Every generation rediscovers Rome differently,” says Marina Valensise, Director of the Italian Cultural Centre in Paris. Here the Vatican.

“Every generation rediscovers Rome differently,” says Marina Valensise, Director of the Italian Cultural Centre in Paris. Here the Vatican.

It is precisely in the garden of the Janiculum, which overlooks the chic and bohemian Trastevere, begins the film already worship, Paolo Sorrentino La Grande Bellezza (2013): a Japanese tourist in awe of the view that s’ extends beneath his eyes, collapsed and lost consciousness. Following fresh and sterile wandering a Roman citizen, Jep Gambardella, friendly and idle, which travels from Rome holidays terraces, through palaces and galleries, contemplate sunsets and touches of gorgeous women with nothing to do without doing anything of his life. This magnificent fiction captures the dazzling beauty of a city where, ultimately, we can lead a life between alabaster statues and ancient bronzes without it nothing happens in its own existence.

“The best of the Romans tourists”

Time is suspended between the Forum and the dome inevitable, Saint-Pierre. The author of the story that served as the film frame, the talented writer Raffaele La Capria, Neapolitan, Roman adoption today, describes the happiness in the form of sweet discomfort and regrets that the city is no longer devoted to indolence. “The walls still speak, he says, but to bring more power to the imagination, to invite them to make love not war, they speak the language stupid fractions, the lonely, the mad, the obscene, the exhibitionist. ”

Rome has the taste of a glass of Amaretto, sweet with a background of bitterness, and its inhabitants, sometimes “morons beauty”, in the words of a tourist guide heard in passing, hardly see what the surrounds. “The best of the Romans are the tourists,” despairs Jep in La Grande Bellezza. Which makes brilliant writer Alessandro Piperno that “Rome is given to all, as a prostitute.” In a delicious trattorias frequented by natives, the Fiaschetteria Beltramme via della Croce, close to the Spanish Steps, Jacqueline, the owner, summarizes this sentiment: “Sometimes I want to cry at the beauty of my city , she says, but seeing what becomes its inhabitants, who have nothing to say to them. ”

All this can be explained if one believes Giuliano Ferrara, charismatic editor of newspaper Il Foglio. “Rome is the symbol of the lack of social mobility Italy résumet it. This is a conservative city, with a pope who changes from time to time and a mayor who remains a high political figure since the end of the Christian Democrats. In many respects, it is lagging behind the country and is the Conservatory of Italian political history. And the eternal nature the city there will be no big changes! ” Except that in this cultural inconsapevole potenza (unconscious cultural power) that is Italy, Rome is the fixed point of radiation.

Pope Francis, best promoter of the city

Magnificent spectacle that these parliamentarians, surely the best-dressed throughout Europe, which make their way between groups of tourists at lunchtime to join their favorite table. Palazzo Montecitorio (Chamber of Deputies), Palazzo Madama (Senate) and Palazzo Chigi (Office of the President of the Council of Ministers) are distant from each other a few steps and offer pedestrian show that discusses politics wandering between admirable column of Marcus Aurelius and the impressive Pantheon.

In the capital of a country without a state where the public service is by far the largest employer, it is hardly worried formalism. Amazing nonchalance (sprezzatura), the diplomat Baldassare Castiglione, sets from the sixteenth century as the attitude par excellence of the courtier. “The Roman sprezzatura, detailed analysis ment Marina Valensise, the brilliant director of the Italian Cultural Centre in Paris, is the only way to live with so much beauty without going crazy.”

Rome is yet queen, that the Christian world. “You must see the spiritual power continues Marina Valensise as the heir and successor of the Roman Empire. What determines we always unconsciously is what historical legacy still alive, unlike Athens. This is why every generation rediscovers Rome differently was wrong to lament: Rome is the center for the production of an intangible asset, which is the taste of life in the late 1950s, Fellini films hypnotic sweetness in La Dolce Vita.,.. today is Paolo Sorrentino that weaves a new fiber with La Grande Bellezza. ” Add their Pope Francis, best promoter of Rome at this time, who began his pontificate by the historic words: “Buena will be!” (Good evening). It has also demonstrated the power of attraction of the Eternal City Newly confident, with a smile, he needs since he was in Rome, being “un po ‘furbo” (a bit tricky) .

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