Exploring Best Art Museums in Rome

Listed under the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Rome is amongst the 20 most popular tourist destinations. And the prestigious museums, artful pieces, pristine documents and all kinds of archeological stuff present in Rome justify this crowd. If you are planning to visit Rome, keep in mind that you are venturing in the world of art and history. Mingling in with the local crowd or travelling as a tourist – it’s your choice, but what really matters is understanding the breathtaking beauty of the miscellaneous artifacts you are about to encounter.

To ease your troubles of selecting where all to go, here’s a list of the top class, must – visits!

Vatican Museum or Musei Vaticani 11229861-old-spiral-stairs-in-the-Vatican-Museums-Musei-Vaticani--Stock-Photo.jpg

This 16th century museum is the result of Pope Julius II’s collection that gives this Vatican City museum the title of one of the best museums of the world. Art works like the Sistine Chapel, Lacoon and Borgia rooms, the Chapel of Beato Angelico, the Raphael Rooms that make the place a crowd puller. This extraordinarily crowded and esteemed museum also maintains dress code that prohibits exposure of skin. That means no short skirts or off shoulders, no midriffs or any such things. The museum remains closed for the Vatican holidays that are different from the Italian ones.

Borghese Gallery or Galleria Borghese

One visit to this acquisition by Pope Paul V, Cardinal Scipione Borghese, and you will understand why this museum situated on Villa Borghese Park is known to have one of the best art collections of the ancient time in the world. This magnificently prestigious museum contains Bernini’s delicate marble of Apollo and Daphne, works by Titian, Raphael, Domenichino, and Caravaggio.  A must visit for art patronages!

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Situated on the Campidoglio, Rome’s Capitol Hill, Musei Capitolini with the oldest known community ownership was founded by Pope Sixtus IV and was opened to the public in the year 1734. It is divided into two palaces, Palazzo Nuovo and Palazzo dei Conservatori. The former is home to excellent ancient sculptures and the later houses works of ancient and modern work including the Roman emblem and the ancient sculpture of the twins Romulus and Remus suckling a She wolf.

National Roman Museum

Having excavated items from the Roman and Imperial Fora, this scattered museum covers the Baths of Diocletian, the Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo and the Crypta Balbi. This prominent museum contains coins, statues, sarcophagi, stoneware, frescoes, mosaics, ornaments and other preserve worthy items relating to the rich Roman history. The national roman museum is a fascinating place to discover the wonders of the medieval and roman times.

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The national Gallery of Modern Art Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna consists of arts from the 19th and 20th century. Giorgio de Chirico, Alberto Burri, Luigi Pirandello are symbolized in the museum and so are the global artisans like Goya, Renoir, Van Gogh and Kandisky. This erotic museum of modern arts will open up gates, revealing pieces that’ll enthrall your mind towards the artistic era in Rome during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Maxxi Museum

This contemporary museum designed by the celebrity architect Zaha Hadid was inaugurated in 2010. Show casing 21st century art work including paintings, photographs and multimedia fixings from renowned Italian and other foreign modern day artists is known not for its permanent displays but for the excellent exhibition it holds, presenting some remarkable works especially on architectural themes. This modern museum has a café lounge where a continuous flow of customers could be noticed. On sunny afternoons, people could be seen enjoying in the piazza outside. Behind this museum is located one of the most popular ice cream parlors of modern day Rome – Neve di Latte.

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This Franciscan ‘experience’, as some people like to put it, has been recently renovated to differ from the spine chilling burial chamber it was formerly. It displays everything of the time including the knotted whips friars used to flagellate themselves with and the articfacts confiscated from various natives by missionaries to rooms of stuff representing various heroes and saints. The main attraction of this place is the ghastly burial chamber decorated with the bones of monks dug up from the soil brought from Jerusalem. They are delicately arranged on walls and ceilings and some have been made into grisly chandeliers. To turn it more meaningful and impactive, an ebullient sign reads at the entrance ‘You will be what we are now’.

Museo della Civiltà Romana

This beautiful and marvelously engineered Mussolini-era building is a useful key to the ancient centro storico. Plaster casts of elaborate Trajan carvings, models of ancient sites including Rome itself, etc make the trek worth it. After enjoying the master pieces in here, you can cross along to Palazzo dei Congressi, another marvel of 1930s EUR architecture, and check on how the metaphor to ‘The Cloud’ or ‘La Nuvola’ is coming along. It is a revolutionary forum designed by Massimiliano Fuksas.

Along with the marvelous museums mentioned above, there are places of historic preservence that can be checked out. The list of Roman museums can never get over as every museum in there has something different to show case. Apart from those mentioned above, sites like Pallazo Massimo alle Terme, Villa Farnesina, Villa Giulia, Ara Pacis, Centrale Montemartini, Doria Pamphilj Gallery and Pius Clementine Museum are other valuable spots of art revelation that are worth your time!

 

Tips for Standup Comedy

To make a soul laugh is a place in heaven secured! As easy as it may seem, it is not so! It is very easy to laugh but make someone laugh? Nada…it needs some talent! And here we are to learn some tricks and foster some tips!ArtofBeingMe-Header21

Let’s start with stand up comedians-what are they? Well they are just comedians performing for a live audience!

If you’re thinking where to begin, let me tell you that you’ve got to begin from the starting! And step one involves observing! Yes, observe top class comedians and try to develop the right attitude. And learn from the criticism encountered by them. That’s the best teacher…criticism! And take it lightly, instead of aggravating you because of criticism, change yourself!

Next comes listening to yourself. Record yourself and listen to it. See how you turn out to be and then apply some self – criticism. As stated before, criticism is the best teacher. You need to study the audience too. So for that look at your gestures, see how fast or slow you go. Check your fluency ad make yourself presentable!

In the process remember to never ever copy! If the audience catches you, your carrier is ruined, mark my words! So be original and creative.

Also pay attention to the ethnicity of the crowd you’ll be addressing, their regional and religious beliefs, etc!

Keep these points in mind while writing your script:

  1. Start with a rough script. Write down the odd or funny events of your life. Or any other instance you find funny, just note it down.
  2. Insert characters in your script if you want. Then go about modifying it. Add jokes and humor quotes as they strike you. Make the script funny but not overly so.
  3. Add some successions and antagonistic ideas. But remember not to hurt anyone’s intentions.
  4. Play your script. See what visually you’ll look like. Take help of props needed. Then correct the script according to your needs.
  5. Then comes the final step, memorizing the script. If you stutter, stammer or forget lines in between, you’ll surely make the audience laugh but not on your jokes rather on yourself!

You can echo some famous quotes like these:

  • Why do people give each other flowers? To celebrate various important occasions they are killing living creatures? Why restrict it to plants, “Sweetheart, let’s make up. Have this deceased squirrel.” – Jerry Seinfeld.
  • A woman’s mind is as complex as the contents of her handbag; even when you get to the bottom of it, there is always something at the bottom to surprise you. –Billy Connolly
  • You know, marriage is making a big comeback. I know personally that in Hollywood people are marrying people they never married before. – Bob Hope
  • Jesus died for our sins. So the least we can do is give him good ones. –The Umbilical Brothers
  • I’d be more likely to pick up the Bible if, as well as the classics, it also contained ‘The Ten Commandments of Avoiding a Full Body Search at Customs’ or ‘The Ten Commandments of the Express Lane at the Supermarket’. –Wil Anderson

So spark up the souls! Make people laugh and do some good deed! These tips are for you to follow, but in the end, your talent plays an important role. As Einstein said, “If you judge a fish on its ability to run or a rabbit on its ability to swim, he’d spent whole of his life believing he’s an idiot”. So if you’re not made of comedy stuff, don’t even try!

Love yourself Quote #2

So here goes my second love yourself quote! I’ll be posting more of these on a weekly basis! Hope it helps to keep you motivated through the day!

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Befriend your mind, love your heart, marry your soul, and I bet you, happiness would never divorce you!

Stay tuned for more of these 🙂

Stay blessed! Love you all!

Destiny – a work of fiction!

I was 12 yrs old back then when I wrote this! It was a piece I wrote to be featured in a local community magazine! 


“Haven’t I told you a hundred times that I am NOT MADE OUT OF ACTOR STUFF? Don’t you just get it, mom? I’m a director. A DIRECTOR

“So you’re saying you can’t even fulfill one dream of mine.”

“It’s not about that. I mean I don’t act and never will. WOULD you spare me?”

“Vanessa, dear, everyone’s destined to be something as you are to be an actress. Believe me…….” But she’s cut off when Vanessa’s phone rings

Mumbling something about it being past her to talk to her mom she walks out to attend the call.

“Vanessa, just get to the studio, hurry!” an anxious voice urges.

Once in the studio room, she looks around at the grim faces of her crew. One of them comes forward and speaks almost inaudibly, “Sabrina’s met with an accident. Broken a leg.”

It was enough to freeze Vanessa to a state of shock. What did he mean by that? Sabrina was their protagonist! And tonight was the inter college competition! And she was the director! The first play directed by Vanessa!  Was her career going to end before it ever started?

 “Now what?” someone asked.

“It’s all over.”

“Think of the money we’ve spent!”

“The actress can’t be substituted at the last moment, I mean…”

“Nothing doing. Vanessa you’re our new lead role. Just get prepared.” This last opinion snapped her out of her frozen state. This was said by their principle, Dan Grimoire.

“NO WAY. I can’t ….” Vanessa started but was cut off.

“I didn’t ask you, I ordered. What’s the problem? I mean, you have the looks, you’re the director so you know the dialogues, and that’s all you need. I won’t take a no. Do it or we’ll be disqualified. Think about it, you’ll lose a chance to show your skills and so will your co-artists here.”

She stared at him. Chewing her lower lip she thought of the odd coincidence, in the morning she had a fight about not acting and here she was, on the verge of accepting to do so. Well, but could she do it? What if she screwed it up? Then again her mother, being a psychic, had predicted that she would be an actress….. No way, what was she thinking? She wanted to be a director and she was. But if she didn’t act, she won’t be, as Dan had threatened.

She nods her head and then says, “But I’m not responsible if it doesn’t turn out to be good.”

The producer agrees, asking, “I hope you don’t have a stage fright.”

Shaking her head, she walks away to get her costume together.

Finally, the time comes to show her skills. She walks on the stage to take her position. The curtain rises, she takes a deep breath, repeating in her mind again and again, “Don’t overdo it. Don’t overdo it. Don’t…

Once she starts, she doesn’t stop. As it is she knew the dialogues by heart. All she had to do was be expressive. And just then she noticed her mother sitting in the audience, nevertheless, she kept up her acting thinking, yeah mom you won! But am I good?

Once all that was over, she went backstage. Her cheeks pink under the rough. But before she could do anything other than sip water, she was pushed on stage again. On the stage, every lead actress from all the plays acted today were lined up. By the talks, it appeared to be something about some silly award that she was sure she was not going to win.

“Really, now I know how hard it is to act. I vow never to be rude to the artists again.” she muttered under her breath.

“And the award for the best actress goes to….” the host announced dramatically, “Miss Vanessa Maguire!”

It took a moment for Vanessa to realize that her name was being called out.  Ok, she thought, all this is getting pretty dramatic. Was she hallucinating or did she really get an award for the unprepared acting which she thought was horrible? Looking at her mother’s eyes that screamed ‘I told you’, the latter one was probably the truth. And these people were not fools that meant her acting was not horrible, she told herself.

She walked forward to receive her prize and smiled at the audience. She raised her trophy, and looked at her mother with a tear trailing down her cheek and mouthed the words ‘ for you’. Yes, she thought secretly, you were right mom, everyone is destined to be something and that something for me’s this.