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Devastation of a Roman road

This pile of ancient Roman road pavers, stacked haphazardly in a corner of the Via Giulia work site, seem to have come from the ancient road that was excavated there in 2008-2009. That ancient road is visible in the second photograph. See also the accompanying details of that photo. It is hard to understand why the Sovrintendenza permitted the destruction …

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More Roma Cancellata

Since the exhibition ROMA CANCELLATA: Public areas inaccessible to the Public in 2004, more public areas have been fenced off.  An example of this is the porch of Cortona’s masterpiece, Santa Maria della Pace near Piazza Navona.  Not only has an ugly fence closed off the porch interior, but large planters have been placed on the steps leading up to …

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Roma Deteriorata

Two unusable streets, completely blocked by parked vans. Vicolo della Palomba and Vicolo Savelli. Even pedestrians could not get by. Public seating in Rome. Piazza Farnese and Piazza de’ Ricci’s unusable seats (February 2013) Rome’s only bicycle path: March 1st, 2013

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Pincio Gardens Encroachment

An ugly new addition to the gardens of the Pincio went up in the past two days, further spoiling the large area which the city ceded in 2004 to the private “restorers” and current for-profit users of the restaurant in the early 19th century Casina Valadier.    Not only have they added glass structures on the third floor (top center) …

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Villa Borghese Besieged

I. Land Misuse What is arguably one of the most compellingly beautiful urban parks in the world is currently under siege by the very city government that is supposed to protect it. Two large areas of the park are hidden by opaque fences which discourage passersby from seeing what is taking place behind them [Fig. 1]. Only one of the …

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Via Giulia Threatened

In the heart of historic Rome a controversial parking garage is currently being planned to be built between the Lungotevere at the level of Ponte Mazzini and Via Giulia. The area had already been cleared in the late 1930s so as to provide a link between the bridge (Ponte Mazzini) and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. Only the first part of …

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The Embattled Pincio

After six years of a three-way tug-of-war between speculators, politicians and ordinary citizens, the Giardino del Pincio, formerly one of Rome’s most beautiful gardens, is a shadow of its former self. One corner is occupied by a fenced-off area containing abandoned building materials. Another corner is fenced off around the Casina Valadier. A third corner, overlooking the Muro Torto, is …