Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Museo Pietro Canonica

Museo Pietro Canonica

This small museum is located in the heart of Villa Borghese and is dedicated to the artist Pietro Canonica (1869-1959). Canonica was a sculptor of international repute, as well as a music lover and a composer in his own right. He spent his formative years in Turin in the last years of the nineteenth century, prior to a long period passed n the courts of Europe, where the aristocracy commissioned portraits and other commerative works from him. He moved to Rome in 1922 and in 1927 managed to get the municipal concession for the building that is today the museum. He used it as his home and studio, undertaking in exchange that, when he died, he would leave all the works that he collected there over the years to funish it as a museum in his name. This unusal museum gives an impression of all aspects of Canonica's life, both private and professional.

Museo Pietro Canonica
Viale Pietro Canonica, 2
(Piazza di Siena)
Villa Borghese
00197 Roma

The museum is open Tuesday- Sunday from 9am- 7pm. For more information visit

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Congo Reportraits

Musei Capitolini- Centrale Montemartini, 13th April- 13th May

As part of 'FotoGrafia- Rome's international Festival', the exhibition space of the Centrale Montemartini of Rome wil host the photographic exhibition supported by the Office of equal opportunities and the Office of Cultural Politics of the Municipality of ROme "Congo Reportraits", the photo's by Laura Salvinelli showing the dramatic reality of modern congolese society. The photographs by Laura Salvinelli are dedicated to one of the African countries that has suffered most in our times, and bear witness to the tragic conditions of life for women and children in Congo, the mian victims of the continual war and poverty of the region.
After having worked as a photographer and portraitist in the theatre, Laura Salvinelli has in recent years started a close collaboration with humanitarian associations, creating reportages and telling stories from various parts of the world. These images are also part of this work and focus particularly on the area Kimbanseke of Kinshasa in which Pangea Onlus Foundation is developing a project to help young people in difficulties and orphaned children.

You can find out more at

Monday, April 16, 2007

CIBUS Roma 2007

CIBUS will take place at the Nuova Fiera di Roma, Via Eiffel (Ponte Galeria) from 13th-16th April.

For the past 25 years this festival dedicated to Italian food has been one of the most importnat in the world. CIBUS is a major worldwide promotional tool for the Italian food industry. The festival includes; themed conventions for the whole festival period, but also visits to the Capitoline Museums, 'Cinema and Food', a mini festival organised by the Casa Del Cinema, displays organised by the Food Industry Museums- MuseImpresa.

You can find more information about this event at

Friday, April 13, 2007

6° Rome Independent Film Festival

Independent film, both Italian and International, is the protagonist of the Rome Independent Film festival about to begin it's 6th edition, at the Cinema Nuovo Olimpia (Via in Lucina, 16g). The event will take place from 13th- 19th April.

As well as long films there will be documentaries and short films and there'll be a convention on cinema law, a seminar on television formats and a digital cinema workshop.

Amongst other events is the 'Horror Day' organised in collaboration with the Brussels International festival of Fantastic Films and evenings dedicated to cinema from Spain, Canada and Iran.

Visit for more information.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Campioni Sempre- football in Pz del Popolo

Campioni Sempre is a project designed by the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio, to re-discover the significance of football through 150 days of events organised throughout Italy. During this 'tour' they will be supporting the Italy as candidate for the EURO 2012. You can show your support by signing the large football.

Piazza del Popolo will be full of events, games and guests on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April, from 10am - 8pm. 5,000 children from football schools will be training in the piazza during the two day event and there will be various games and activities.
For more information about this or other tour stops visit

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

EXPLORA- Childrens Museum

Explora Il Museo dei Bambini di Roma, is a museum dedicated to children, schools and families, located at Via Flaminia, 82 (close to Piazza Del Popolo).

Children must be accompanied by at least one adult and there is a strict no admittance allowed to adults without a child. Tickets cost €7,00 for children aged 3-12 and €6,00 for adults (from 12 years and up). Under 3's admitted free.

Explora is a city on a child's scale where everything can be observed, touched and experimented with. It allows children the possibility to discover everyday facts and realities experimenting first hand the Environment, Society, Communication and 'me'.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Villa Borghese for kids

Villa Borghese is a great to take a break from sightseeing and relax. It is also full of activities and places of interest to children.
You can hire bikes (family carts as shown above, or individual bikes) from various points within the park including; Viale Medici (Pincio), Viale J:W: Goethe, Viale delle Belle Arti and others.

You can rent a rowing boat at Giardin del Lago. Open daily from 9:30 am until sunset.

Take a trip around the park on the Cinecaffè Express train (shown below).

Take the kids to visit Casina di Raffaello (Viale della Casina di Raffaello- Piazza Siena), a recreation centre for children between the ages of 3 and 10. It offers a vast program of constantly revised activities. Some, aimed at creative play, are free; others have a cost. Open Tuesday- Sunday from 9am- 7pm. See for more details.
You could take the kids to the Cinema dei Piccoli, the smallest operating movie threatre in the world. With 63 seats, the climate controlled room offers a rich selection of films for children during the day (for adults in the evening). It is also wheelchair accessible. For more information visit
There are also many sites, (like the one shown in the above photo) throughout the park with rides and activities for children. You can also rent roller or inline skates, pony rides and much more...

Friday, April 6, 2007

Book related events for kids

La Feltrinelli is one of the most famous book stores/chains in Rome and has outlets all over the city. Every month they organise events for the public at their various stores including book signings and music events. they often have events suitable for children.

Events this month that might be of interest are:

Sunday 15th April, lafeltrinelli/ Libri e Musica at Viale Libia, 186- 11am. Geronimo Stilton e Oscar Tortuga. These popular characters will be present in store for fun and games. For ages 5 and over.

Sunday 22nd April, lafeltrinelli/ Libri e Musica at Viale Libia, 186- 11am. I Giocattoli Creativi. A workshop with fun and games about how toys are made. For ages 7-11.

Sunday 29th April, lafeltrinelli/ Libri e Musica at Viale Libia, 186- 11am. La Bella Addormentata (Sleeping Beauty). member of the Compagnia del teatro verde will be in store to act out the story of the beautiful princess, with a twist to the traditional tale...the prince refuses to kiss the princess! Sure to be lots of fun. For ages 6 and over

Monday 30th April, lafeltrinelli/ Libri e Musica at Viale Libia, 186. Free guitar lesson for children aged 8-18 for the first 24 to sign up

You can find out more about the monthly events at the laFeltrinelli website

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Bioparco (Zoo)

Founded in 1911, Bioparco is one of the oldest Zoos in Europe and is home to a good selection of mammals, reptiles and birds. Bioparco has elephants, lions, bears and a whole host of other animals. The monkey's are great fun to watch!

Bioparco cooperates at national and international level in the conservation of endangered species. It's a member of ' European Association of Zooz and Aquaria' (EAZA), 'World Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (WAZA) and 'International Species Information Species (ISIS). The hosted animals are born in captivity either here or in other zoos, or come from confiscation of species illegally imported into Italy. Many of the animals are also included in international programmes of reproduction in captivity, as they seriously risk extinction.

The zoo offers free guided routes, animal feeding and animal discovering activities. It also has a train 'The Bioparco Express' which runs within the park and gives a fun way to see the animals.

Bioparco facilities include:

  • 3 snack bars and a restaurant

  • pic-nic area

  • "Caffè del Parco" with sanck bar, self service and roof garden

  • Bioparco shop

  • meeting centre for conferences, conventions and gala performances

  • free parking at the entrance

There is a 'Lake Oasis' for you to relax and a childrens area where kids can play on the 'Arc of Animals', a big ship shaped structure with paths, games, slides and swings.

You can find more information about the zoo at their website

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Kids in Rome

Following a recent comment on this blog, the rest of this weeks posts will be focussing in kids (bambini) in Rome.

For up to date information about events and kid-friendly places to visit, check the Offical Rome website or the tourist office website
Alternatively call the Tourist Call Center on 06 8205 9127 who are open daily from 9am- 7:30 pm.

Most of Rome's main sites and museums have free admission for under 18's or reduced tickets.

There are lots of tour buses that operate, on a STOP and Go basis, in Rome and have stops close to the main tourist sites. This is probably the best option for seeing the city with small children as other methods may involve a lot of walking.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007


The Miracle Players is an English speaking theatre troupe based in Rome, Italy. They perform original texts and comic adaptations of classics in various historical locations. Every summer the Miracle Players perform comic theatre in English at the Roman Forum.
Inspiration for the shows is drawn from Rome's history and protagonists. These summer shows are a great delight to English speaking tourists not least of all because they are performed free of charge and are suitable for all ages.

You can find out more about the Miracle Players at their website

The Miracle Players operate with the kind support of CP Centro Pilota Srl - Event and Conference Services. Please visit their website.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Public holidays in Italy


January 1, New Years Day
January 6, Epiphany
March/April, Easter Monday
April 25 Liberation Day
May 1, Labour Day
June 26, Saint Peter& Saint Paul
August 15, Ferragosto
November 1, All Saints
December 8, Immaculate Conception
December 25, Christmas Day
December 26, Saint Stephen


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