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Villa del Priorato di Malta

Villa del Priorato di Malta #cosebelle in Rome

One of the most famous views of Saint Peter’s Basilica is the one you can peek through the keyhole at the door of Priorato di Malta. Every day there’s a big queue of people waiting to see this incredible image of Saint Peter’s Cupola. This is the main entrance to Villa del Priorato di Malta, located on Aventine Hill (one of the seven hills of Rome) and last week I booked a visit to discover what’s inside with Laura from Bellezze di Roma.  Villa del Priorato di Malta is home to the Grand Priory in Rome of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Villa del Priorato di Malta together with Palazzo Malta (located on Via Condotti) has an extraterritorial status since 1869. We weren’t famous enough to enter from this famous door, so we got in from a secondary entrance which takes you directly to the Church of Santa Maria del Priorato. Originally the Church was built in 939. At that time Odo of Cluny was given the Roman Palace of Alberic II of Spoleto, then …

A stroll (and memories) in Trastevere #cosebelle in Rome

I have a special bond with Trastevere. Our “affair” started a long time ago in an unforgettable way. It was my first day in my flat in Rome, in my first year of University. At that time, I was sharing the flat with my best friend and with an older friend. Happy and tired for the emotional day, we didn’t expect to go out that evening, but someone knocked on the door. So, we met our neighbours from Tuscany. They were already friends of our flatmate and after a glass of Coke, they invited us to go to Trastevere. We jumped in their old red Renault 4 and in 20 minutes we arrived at Trastevere. We spent the evening and part of the night walking in the alleys, stopping for a drink in a bar and chatting seated around the fountain of Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere. It was really a perfect night, the very start of my Roman social life. I rarely go to Trastevere during the day, but this time I had a date …

Discover Civita di Bagnoregio #cosebelle

During the summer, I like to spend my free time in one – day trips in places nearby Rome. I discovered Civita di Bagnoregio only four years ago, but this little magic town has become one of my favourites to spend a day. The dying town Civita di Bagnoregio is known as the dying town. The first time I came, I was just speechless: a beautiful valley and in the middle, atop a hill, stands Civita di Bagnoregio. Unfortunately, the hill is made by a friable tufa causing a never-ending erosion. Lately, the authorities started to reinforce the plateau. The perfect town to relax If you like a quiet holiday, be aware that on winter time just a dozen of people lives in Civita di Bagnoregio, while in the summer they can be more than one hundred. The perfect place to relax. Civita di Bagnoregio can be reached only by walking Civita di Bagnoregio can be reached only by walking, so, I suggest you go early in the morning after an energetic breakfast. Personally, I’m afraid of …

Valentina De Martini

Explore the loft of a painter #cosebelle

Last Saturday, I attended a blogging and Instagram workshop by Chiara Cecilia Santamaria, the popular blogger of Machedavvero, in a beautiful loft in the neighbour of San Lorenzo. Little I knew about this beautiful house, but soon I discovered that the owner is Valentina Di Martino, a painter. Thanks to onefinestay,  we all had the opportunity to spend the morning in this amazing loft. Once I was in, I met the other attendants in the patio It’s a beautiful space with violet stairs leading to a terrace. The beautiful portraits of women in the living room have all the same rigorous measurements: 2m40 x 42cm. After the excellent #mcdworkshop, I asked Chiara of onefinestay to visit the rest of the loft. This ethnic door takes you to the sleeping area. Then it was time to go and I was so sorry for not being able to spend a couple of days there. Maybe next time!    

Enjoy Hanamy at Laghetto dell’EUR #cosebelle in Rome

When Spring comes, there’s a place in Rome where you can feel as in Japan and hanami, enjoy the view of the blooms of the cherry trees. So, last week I went a couple of times to EUR little lake (Laghetto dell’EUR) for a walk under the tree. Around the lake, there’s a path called Passeggiata del Giappone, Japan walk, where 1100 cherry trees stand. In 1959 the Japanese premier  Nobusuke Kishi donated 2500 cherry trees to Rome and officially opened the Japanese Walk. Every year, between March and April, I’m one of the people who wait with trepidation for the cherry trees blossoms. This year we had an early spring, so, on March 24 the trees were already full of beautiful blooms. It’s so relaxing to walk under these blooms! For a while, you feel to be somewhere else, very far from the city. Especially at the weekend, the park is crowded with people sitting in the grass for a picnic. Sometimes, you can meet people wearing the traditional Japanese clothes. One day I will come wearing the yukata …