Walking Rome with Claudio Assandri, our Artist who creates our shirt/bag designs, and does some serious sculpting and painting too. He knows Rome as few do. Very few, you have no idea! So, if one goes for walks, the best way to see Rome is by foot in the company of the son of a famous Archaeologist and a great Opera Singer: there are always surprises, even for Claudio, who has spent a lifetime learning more and more about this immortal city. This time Piazza Navona in a birds’-eye view!
As we were walking through Rome’s little, and also big streets that honestly I always try to avoid, we reached Piazza Navona. A Piazza I saw many times, a beautiful Piazza famous for its Fountain of the Four Rivers by Gianlorenzo Bernini. Most of the time, I end up taking photos of the little details of the Piazza, or the people who walk by or work there, and not really of the piazza itself.
“Let’s go up the roof terrace!” Claudio said. I was distracted by a lady who was walking 5 little dogs with funny wiggling butts. I looked at Claudio questioning myself what he was talking about as he grabbed my hand softly and led me around the corner to the unpretentious entrance of the Eitch Borromini Luxury Hotel…
I had never been there, and since I’m curious about almost every corner and nook in Italy, we walked in to the Palazzo. When I enter a new, gorgeous place like this, I start acting like a child in a candy store and want everything. In this case ‘see everything’. We had little time, so we went straight away to the rooftop terrace. You have to know that the place is a luxury hotel, has an Art gallery and a ristorante on the 4th floor terrace, and a breathtaking 360° view terrace on the 6th floor! Rome is not a place: it is a state of the soul…
And there we were, looking down on Piazza Navona. Immediately I fell in love with the big turquoise dots on the piazza, the fountains. What a beautiful contrast with the terracotta coloured houses around Piazza Navona.
Having Claudio by your side is very helpful for me as he knows every church, palazzo or monument that we could see in the views over Rome. A few you might know,…Altare della Patria (also known as the wedding cake) the, bla, bla, and bla bla blablaaa,..this part we save for another time 🙂
My favourite turquoise dot (read fountain) is La Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of Four Rivers) designed by Bernini. And don’t you just love Roman rooftops? Look at the antique tiles!
Going down again my next goal is already set. I have to get back here at night, in summertime. I will enjoy some white wine and the magical views of Roman rooftops with all lights lit up….and Piazza Navona of course.