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New diggings in Ostia Antica show the city was bigger than Pompeii It’s been recent news that new archaeological diggings have found evidence that the ancient city of Ostia Antica was bigger than previously thought, almost double the size we know and can visit today, and much bigger even than Pompeii, the city near Naples tragically destroyed and buried by lava and ashes of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD.  Either by metro from Ostiense train station or via a boat ride along the mighty Tiber…

New diggings in Ostia Antica show it was bigger than Pompeii

Mosaics in Ostia Antica, where new diggings have shown the ancient Roman city was even bigger than Pompeii.

A fascinating tour around Ostia Antica to experience daily life in the Roman Empire.

Wandering the streets of ancient Rome.

Ancient pillar dating back to imperial times embedded in modern building in central Rome.

Tears and beauty, charmed by the Non-Catholic cemetery in Rome As spring had begun just in time to fill the city with colorful flowers, I waited for a slightly rainy day to inspire some shots at the non-Catholic cemetery in Rome, known also as the Protestant Cemetery, in Testaccio neighborhood. Here is buried a wealthy collection of artists, writers, poets, philosophers and ordinary people. Most are foreigners, resting here because they don’t belong to the Catholic creed, but there are also…

Tears and beauty, charmed by the Non-Catholic cemetery in Rome

Columns from the Temple of Jupiter in Baalbek

Photo essay: Lebanon's ancient ruins

Surrendering to pleasure in Rome The Gardens of the Oranges was not easy to find. As it’s not a tourist spot, it’s not very well highlighted in maps and guidebooks, so once I made my way to the district where I had roughly located it, the only way to find it was to entirely rely on locals’ knowledge of their own hometown, which is also one of my favorite travel activities. Luckily, Romans are very talkative and never have enough of people admiring their city. I asked a bar tender, but she…

Surrendering to pleasure in Rome

Surrendering to pleasure in Rome - Chasing The Unexpected

Patriotism and questions at the Vittoriano Museum Complex, Rome In war, truth is the first casualty. – Aeschylus, Greek tragic dramatist (525BC-256BC)  One of the things I enjoy the most in Rome city center is simply hanging around with my camera dodging cars and tourists in pursuit of the perfect shot. I’ve been courting the Vittoriano Complex (national monument named after the first king of unified Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II) for quite a while, and the other day I finally decided to get…

Patriotism and questions at the Vittoriano Museum Complex, Rome

Patriotism and questions at the Vittoriano Museum Complex, Rome - Chasing The Unexpected

Incredible discovery at Ostia Antica: child’s grave protected by a curse A short while ago I wrote about the new diggings taking place in Ostia Antica, the ancient Roman city next to the capital and located on the seaside at the time, diggings that revealed it was almost double than what we previously thought, even bigger than famous Pompeii.

Incredible discovery at Ostia Antica: child’s grave protected by a curse

Perugia city of staircases and arches in central Italy

Perugia medieval city of staircases and arches in central Italy

Perugia city of staircases and arches in central Italy

Futuristic and cutting-edge Rome, night photography at Garbatella “Cobra” Bridge Part of my recent adventures in unconventional and lesser known corners of the eternal city has taken place at the Garbatella “Cobra” Bridge, after the sunset, during a field trip focused on night photography.  If you are interested in seeing and photographing the bridge or just walking across, get off at Garbatella metro station on line B and you’ll see it as soon as you’ll get out of the subway through the…

Some night photography at the futuristic Garbatella "Cobra" Bridge.

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