Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Royal Palace of Caserta, the Versailles Palace in the Italian region of Campania

















The monumental ensemble of Caserta is a splendid example of full integration between buildings and green areas. It was Charles III of Borbone (great-grandson of the Sun King) who had it made in the 1700s, wishing to claim the importance of the kingdom of Naples in Europe.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Galleria Umberto I, the shopping center and the Theater San Carlo, a temple for the Italian Lyric in Naples

Once a meeting place for Neapolitans, the porticoes of the gallery Umberto I were constructed in 1887 and reconstructed after the second world war.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Palaces, music and St.Gennaro in Naples



















Naple is the third biggest Italian city after Milan and Rome and is the biggest city in the south of Italy. It's a chaotic but spectacular city. Facing onto the gulf, with Vesuvius on one side and the islands of Capri in front of it, it offers enchanting panoramas.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Italian Renaissance and Michelangelo’s masterpiece at The Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City

The Sistine Chapel

















The Sistine Chapel was built by will of Pope Sixtus IV between 1475 and 1481, based on a project by Baccio Pontelli. On October 27, 1481, the painters Cosimo Rosselli, Sandro Botticelli, Domenico Ghirlandaio and Pietro Perugino signed a contract for the painting of 10 frescoes in the Chapel. They were requested to paint episodes from the Old and New Testaments, which now cover the building’s long walls and the wall on the opposite facade. The altar wall probably contained two frescoes by Perugino, which Michelangelo destroyed when he began to paint the Last Judgement.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Piazza della Signoria, an Open-air Art Gallery in Florence



















This square, in front of Palazzo Vecchio, for centuries the heart of Florentine political and social life, contains real masterpieces like the stupendous fountain of Neptune by Ammannati, with the God of the Sea surrounded by nymphs,  in honour of  Tuscan naval victories. Not to be missed the reproduction of  Michelangelo's David which situated in front of  Palazzo Vecchio, symbolises  victory over tyranny. The original was in the square until 1873 and is now kept in the Accademia di Belle Arti (Via Ricasoli 66).

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper at Vinciano Refectory, one of Milan’s most famous places and home to one of the most well-known masterpiece in the world

















Santa Maria delle Grazie, the most suggestive church in Milan, it was the result of the marriage of Gothic and Renaissance styles. It stands on the site of a chapel with a fresco showing the Madonna, called “delle Grazie”. The construction of the church was begun in 1466 and it was completed in 1490. Two years later, Ludovico il Moro decided to make it his family mausoleum, and asked Bramante to modify it for that purpose. He designed the apse, the high dome and the harmonious cloister. Over the centuries it was also the seat of the Court of the Inquisition.

The skyline of Florence, the 94 metres tower of the Palazzo Vecchio


















The Palazzo Vecchio or Palazzo della Signoria, austere and elegant, was commissioned as the headquarters for the Priory of the Arts. The earliest part dates back to 1299 and includes an old tower known as "Torre della Vacca"  which, according to Vasari, was the work of  Arnolfo di Cambio. It was enlarged many times over the years.