26.3.15

Centrale Montemartini Museum: where classical art meets industrial archaeology

Centrale Montemartini Museum Rome Ostiense industrial archaeology classical art

Have you noticed all the buzz around the hashtag #MuseumWeek? 

All this excitement for our cultural heritage made me plan a visit to one of my favorite museums in Rome: the Centrale Montemartini Museum, a former thermoelectric power plant hosting an exhibition of marble statues from Ancient Rome. 

20.3.15

About future tenses and travel plans


The difference between “I’m going to fly to Sofia on Friday” and “I’m flying to Sofia on Friday” is all about your intention; before making the sentence, you should ask yourself if you really want it or you just have a vague intention, thinking about how determined you are and how far did you go with your plans.
Did you get the ticket?
Did you book the hotel?
Well, then you are enough determined to dare a present continuous tense.

15.3.15

“Steel of the party”: Industrial Archaeology in Albania

Kombinati Metalurgjik, Industrial Archaeology, Albania, Elbasan
It took me so long to publish this post! In my defence, I’ve been looking for someone who worked at one of the most important factories in Albania, the big industrial centre of Kombinati Metalurgjik near the town of Elbasan, to bring you a first-hand story about this huge industrial area, now charmingly abandoned (a truly amusement park for industrial archaeology lovers!). But after reaching no less than the Albanian ambassador himself, as well as many other Albanian friends, and getting nowhere fast, I eventually took the decision of publishing it like this, sharing with you my pictures and some information I was able to find online. 
I’m still interested in covering some personal stories about this majestic site so if you happen to know someone who worked there and feels to share a personal experience please get in touch! 

12.3.15

8.3.15

Urban Exploration: the soon-to-be-demolished legacy of Tor di Valle

Tor di Valle, urban exploration, Rome
“Ciak”. “Cra”.
“Ciak”. “Cra”. 
Frogs were singing in accordance with my unsteady steps but, although the darkness had intensified my senses, I couldn’t say if they were close: their croaking was rather a not-on-site call enveloping the swampland. 
We were all walking scattered out, looking for untouched clumps of grass on which we could put our feet, but inevitably ending up by walking in someone else’s footsteps instead (a deep “Ciak”). 
The moonlight was surprisingly powerful, like every time I’ve found myself in an open space at night without artificial lighting but, despite my amusement at its full beauty, I couldn’t help worrying about how much longer I would have to walk across the swampland. 

6.3.15

60 hours in Sofia: my travel plan so far

And so I booked my next trip to the Balkans: at the end of March I will spend one long weekend in Sofia (Bulgaria)! 

I’ve listed many places I want to see in Sofia, too many to be seen during just one weekend… but I’m thinking to go back to Bulgaria in summer for one week or even more, so this time I am just going on a reconnaissance mission and I will have plenty of time to get the job done in August. :-) 

Here is my list of places I want to see in Sofia… if you have any advice, please let me know in the comment area below! 


25.2.15

Abandoned Lazio - VOL. 1

Celleno, ghost town, Lazio, Italy, Viterbo
When I was a child, I used to spend all my summer holidays at my grandparents' house in Nepi, a little village near Viterbo (Lazio). For three long –and somehow exhausting- months my whole world was relegated to the house's garden; obviously I didn't like to go to the countryside, because once there I was trapped and I remember I was always longing for some car-equipped adult to bring me outside the place, even if only to do the grocery at the village.
Time passed and since I've got my own driving license every visit to my grandparents’ house in Nepi is full of surprises, as I’m getting to know the surrounding area of Tuscia, with the beautiful town of Viterbo and many enchanting villages from the Etruscan time, the unspoiled countryside and several beautiful lakes (such as Lake Martignano or Lake Vico) perfect to escape the beach crowd during the summer; and I must say that this beautiful area of central Italy is really underrated! 
And so, after my visit to Bomarzo and its "Monster Park", this time I drove around the area of Viterbo looking for ghost towns and abandoned places.

20.2.15

Top 7 street art galleries in Rome

Aakash Nihalani Wunderkammern art gallery torpignattara street art Rome
Street art, by definition, is “in the streets”; urban spaces are its framework and murals are for everybody passing by, a gift to the community. But what happens when the street art leaves the street to enter an art gallery? Is it still street art or does it turn into something else? And if it changes, what does it become? 
Every Roman art gallery specializing in street art has faced this dilemma, coming up with its own solution of this tricky matter: from making the gallery’s white walls available to the artists for site-specific works to challenging them to paint on canvas, or even by sponsoring huge murals in the gallery’s neighborhood, Rome’s street art galleries have committed themselves to spreading the message that Art is Art, whatever the framework.

18.2.15

Alterazioni Festival: an interview

Alterazioni festival street art arcidosso tuscany

Last year I published a post about my graffiti hunt in Arcidosso, a medieval village near Grosseto (Tuscany). As I got a great feedback on that post, I thought to share more information about this colourful summer festival, asking to the guys behind Alterazioni Festival a few questions about their project, especially regarding the street art theme. 

Enjoy the interview! 


14.2.15

Discovering Athens – part 2

Ancient Agorà, Athens, Greece
Here we are at the last post of this Athens series, wrapping up my amazing trip to the capital of Greece. Before going to Athens, I wrote that my “mission” would have been to investigate how Balkan is Athens and now I can say that, despite an initial scepticism, I found a lot of Balkan vibes in Athens indeed. Food markets, bazaars, kiosks, shoe-shine men and vendors on the streets… you will spot the Balkan side of Athens just strolling around the city centre; for a further investigation, you can attend a live music concert, look for the Ottoman architectural heritage or eat at one of the many street food kiosks, where you will find the best Balkan recipes and –it goes without saying- the ubiquitous meat.  
But the Balkan feature I’ve been especially happy to find in Athens is the warm, welcoming attitude of its inhabitants: everybody was extremely nice with me, from providing me with very detailed information on where to find street art in Athens, to suggesting me traditional restaurants where to try the best of Greek cuisine, or introducing me to a local street artist and arranging an interview…without considering the countless times I’ve been helped to find an address or to catch the tram in the right direction! 
Ok, enough with rambling, let’s review few more places in this very welcoming town.