In the mornings after I’ve sent the kids off to school and tidied up the house I go down and have my morning cappuccino.
Easter may have come and gone but the ceremonies and spectacles surrounding this holy time continue long after Easter Sunday mass at Saint Peter’s.
Fifty days after Easter Sunday, Christians celebrate Pentecost Sunday, a day when the Holy Spirit is said to come down to earth. Rome celebrates this day by raining rose petals down into the Pantheon through its oculus.
The ancient Pantheon, known since the 7th century as St. Mary and the Martyrs or Santa Maria Rotonda, hosts the event called Pioggia dele Rose (The Rain of Roses) or Pioggia di Petali (The Rain of Petals) in the afternoon following Pentecost mass. The event is free.
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Fifty-five years ago today—May 20, 1960—Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita” won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Watch “Three Reasons” why this film remains a classic.
For more details on where “La Dolce Vita” was filmed, explore this list of Fellini’s film locations from Rome and Rimini.
Before Christianity became the dominant religion of Rome, many people worshipped Mithras, the pagan God depicted here. Adherents believed that the world was created from the blood of a bull, thus the symbolism here of Mithras slitting the throat of the bull. The scorpion (below the bull’s torso) and a serpent (not pictured on this particular sculpture) represent evil forces in typical depictions of the Mithras story. Behind and to the right of this statue, which comes from Tarquinia, is another, more fully-formed Mithras sculpture group, located in the Vatican Museums’ Animal Room.
I am fascinated by the history of the worship of Mithras and Mithraeums located in Rome and hope to share more about this detail of Roman art history with you in subsequent posts.
If you’re an artist (writer, photographer, etc.), you may be able to get into a residency program in Italy this fall. The nonprofit 33oc.org will host its residency program in Toffia, a small village north of Rome. Cost per artist per month is 250 euros. Follow the link below for more info on the application process and eligibility. Deadline to apply is June 14, 2015.
AUTUMN 2015 RESIDENCY IN ITALY