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Rome in the 20th Century

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    Landon Fong

    Hi Eyes, I am an interior designer and I am starting a university exchange program in Rome this spring. I am greatly inspired by the grace and fantasy of Art Noveau and I have read the Coppedé district is an amazing display for these artworks and architecture, can your guide focus on this aspect mostly? It would be a great workshop for my studies and job!

  • Dear Landon, 

    Italy is source of great inspiration for art and architecture and Rome has a wide range of architectural and decorative elements of the Twenties to be explored, especially in the bizarre and elaborated Coppedè district. Coppedè, named after architect Gino Coppedè, is actually a mixture of  styles such as Art Nouveau, Medieval, Baroque and Neoclassic. You could tell Coppedè is Rome’s answer to Gaudì structures in Barcelona. Glass decorations by Cambellotti will definitely mesmerize you. I am sure you'll love it. 

    Having a private guide always allow you to adjust your itinerary according to your main interests and our guides are knowledgeable and expert in many different fields. You are welcome to book your tour online and add your request for an "Art-Noveau" focused content in the note section of the booking form. We will assign a guide specialized in 20th century art to your tour and make sure you'll enjoy the most of it. You are also welcome to ask as many questions as you want, of course!

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    Michael Andrews

    Dear Eyes of Rome, 

    My grandfather took part in the Allied's arrival in Sicily in 1943 and he and I came back to Italy when I was younger to visit the places he has been and Rome. Now I'd like my children (age 10 and 13) to learn about our family past and possibly get an idea of what WW2 have been. I can share memories but I am not properly learned about dates and facts, I am looking for a guided tour that can also be enjoyable for kids - when possible. Can you help?

  • Dear Michael, 

    What an impressive experience must it have been to visit Italy with your honorable grandfather! I can hardly imagine his emotions in seeing the places of such a hard past again. Old generations have shared their precious knowledge of things we only know by books, and I am sure your kids will have a great value of their days in Rome by combining the information provided by our expert guides and their attentive father.

    I am happy to let you know that we have just released a new product online: it is called "Memories of World War II" and it is listed among our Thematic Tours on this website. The tour includes key sites in Rome related with war events: the (in)famous balcony from which Benito Mussolini announced Italy's participation in the conflict in 1940, as well as areas involved with the city occupation by the Nazis. Following the liberation, many places formerly controlled and ruled by the German Police were discovered and investigated: among them the impressive prison of Via Tasso, now housing the Museums of the Liberation of Rome. The prison, sadly known by the Romans as a place from where only a few returned, was created by walling up the windows of a 'regular' building where the German Security Police stationed during the Nazi occupation that took place in Rome from September 1943 to June 1944.

    Event though, understandably, these kind of topics may seem inappropriate for kids, our team of expert guides are trained to dedicate this contents to young listeners and you can be sure  they'll tailor your tour according to your needs. I would rather be honored and interested in listening to the priceless heritage your grandfather has shared with you and your family! Images of the Allied tanks entering Rome on June 4th 1944 are before our eyes as the symbol of unbridled joy and hope for a new country that couldn't wait to reborn after the war.

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    Michael Andrews

    Thank you for the detailed description and your kind words, Francesca Tosca. I have reviewed the tour details online and it seems exactly what I was looking for, I'll book the tour as soon as we have all of our plans and destinations ready for the trip to Italy. I will be happy to talk to you again and share my grandfather memories: this makes me proud of him, although I miss him now. Looking forward to it! Best, Michael. 

  • A fortunate coincidence ... What you probably didn't know about the Centrale Montemartini is its fascinating history. In 1997, the former power-station, active between the 1890s and 1930s, was arranged to accommodate in a temporary exhibition a part of the antique sculptures of the Capitoline Museums. The Capitoline Museums, the famous archaeological venue in Piazza del Campidoglio also known to be the first public museum in the world, were at the time closed for renovation, but the temporary exhibition was so appreciated that the power-station was eventually turned into a permanent museum, now hosting 400 ancient statues, along with tombs, busts, and mosaics. 

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