Learn about the history of the Spanish Steps in Rome with iMinds Travel's insightful fast knowledge series. The Spanish Steps are one of the most visited destinations in the Eternal City of Rome. This graceful staircase sits like the tiers to a great amphitheatre. But rather than a stage to watch, those seated here can watch the drama and intrigue of Italian life from the safe distance of an inconspicuous spectator. People-watching is a great Italian pastime and these steps form the prime place for it in the buzzing capital of Rome. Visitors like to join in on this secretive hobby when arriving in this area of Rome. What is highly interesting about the Spanish Steps is that they are a tourist attraction where visitors simply relax! They are named after the nearby Piazza di Spagna, which translates to 'Spanish Square'. The square lies at the bottom of the steps and is so named as the Spanish Embassy to the Vatican used to be close by. This piazza itself is of interest, and has a famous sculpture of a boat. The fountain is known as 'La Barcaccia', meaning 'Old Boat' and is so-named as it portrays a half-sunken ship whose bows are overflowing with water. It was the last work of Pietro Bernini, who was the father of the famous baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The fountain was completed in about 1627, but the steps behind it stem from a later date. iMinds will tell you the story behind the place with its innovative travel series, transporting the armchair traveller or getting you in the mood for discover on route to your destination. iMinds brings targeted knowledge to your eReading device with short information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.
Ludicrous, heart-warming and improbably inspirational, Spanish Steps is the story of what happens when a rather silly man tries to walk all the way across a very large country, with a very large animal who doesn't really want to. Being larger than a cat, the donkey is the kind of animal Tim Moore is slightly scared of. Yet intrigued by epic accounts of a pilgrimage undertaken by one in three medieval Europeans, and committed to historical authenticity, he finds himself leading a Pyrenean ass named Shinto into Spain, headed for Santiago de Compostela. Over 500 miles of extreme weather and agonising bestial sloth, it becomes memorably apparent that for the multinational band of eccentrics who keep the Santiagan flame alive, the pilgrimage has evolved from a purely devotional undertaking into a mobile therapist's couch. 'Hailed as the new Bill Bryson, he is in fact a writer of considerably more substance and the jokes come thick and fast' Irish Times
An Architectural History in 400 Individual Presentations
Author: Ulrich Fürst
Publisher: Edition Axel Menges
Architects and artists have always acknowledged over the centuries that Rome is rightly called the 'eternal city'. Rome is eternal above all because it was always young, always 'in its prime'. Here the buildings that defined the West appeared over more than 2000 years, here the history of European architecture was written. The foundations were laid even in ancient Roman times, when the first attempts were made to design interiors and thus make space open to experience as something physical. And at that time the Roman architects also started to develop building types that are still valid today, thus creating the cornerstone of later Western architecture. In it Rome's primacy remained unbroken -- whether it was with old St Peter's as the first medieval basilica or new St. Peter's as the building in which Bramante and Michelangelo developed the High Renaissance, or with works by Bernini and Borromini whose rich and lucid spatial forms were to shape Baroque as far as Vienna, Bohemia and Lower Franconia, and also with Modern buildings, of which there are many unexpected pearls to be found in Rome. All this is comprehensible only if it is presented historically, i. e. in chronological sequence, and so the guide has not been arranged topographically as usual but chronologically.This means that one is not led in random sequence from a Baroque building to an ancient or a modern one, but the historical development is followed successively. Every epoch is preceded by an introduction that identifies its key features. This produces a continuous, lavishly illustrated history of the architecture of Rome -- and thus at the same time of the whole of the West. Practical handling is guaranteed by an alphabetical index and detailed maps, whose information does not just immediately illustrate the historical picture, but also makes it possible to choose a personal route through history.
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Journal for Your Spanish Steps Experiences - with Blank Packinglist | Journal with Space for 120 Stays
Author: Travel Journals Spanish Steps
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Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. Go from beginner’s Spanish to mastery with this single, comprehensive guide! Experts agree: the quickest route to learning a language—from beginner to advanced—is through a solid grounding in grammar and well-crafted exercises that reinforce lessons in vocabulary, essential structures. This premium resource combines two bestsellers, Easy Spanish Step-by-Step and Advanced Spanish Step-by-Step into one easy-to-use guide. Following a series of logically interconnected “steps,” you’ll progress from the basics and essential structures to more advanced concepts that govern how Spanish is spoken and written—including the use of preterit and imperfect tenses, commands, the present and past subjunctive, idiom, and much, much more. Complete Spanish Step-by-Step brings you: • Two bestselling books in one convenient, easy-to-use guide • Unique “building block” approach to mastering essential grammar, verbs, and vocabulary • Tools to help you begin speaking Spanish almost immediately • Audio recordings of answers to 150 exercises via the exclusive McGraw-Hill Language Lab app • Exercises to help test and measure your progress, and more
City of the Soul critically examines how an international cast of visitors fashioned Rome's image, visual and literary, in the century between 1770 and 1870 - from the era of the Grand Tour to the onset of mass tourism. The Eternal City emerges not only as an intensely physical place but also as a romantic idea onto which artists and writers projected their own imaginations and longings. The book will appeal to a wide audience of readers interested in the history of art, architecture, and photography, the Romantic poets, and other writers from Byron to Henry James. It will also attract the interest of historians of urbanism, landscape, and Italy. Nonspecialists and armchair travelers will enjoy the diverse literary and artistic responses to Rome.
Publisher's Note: Products purchased from Third Party sellers are not guaranteed by the publisher for quality, authenticity, or access to any online entitlements included with the product. Learn Spanish with the most convenient and effective guide from McGraw-Hill’s bestselling Step-by-Step Series It has been proven that the fastest way to learn any language is through a solid grounding in basic grammar and a mastery of high-frequency vocabulary. This approach provides the confidence and tools necessary to understanding and practicing new languages quickly and easily. Combining the bestselling Easy Spanish Step-by-Step and Advanced Spanish Step-by-Step in one volume, The Complete Spanish Step-by-Step introduces you to the most essential structures, verbs, and vocabulary, then will gradually lead you to a mastery of the Spanish language. Numerous exercises help chart your progress, while engaging readings let you hone your skills in everyday contexts. Unique digital support online and via an app., include: · Flashcards for 3,000 vocabulary items with text-to-speech audio · Audio recordings of almost 2,500 answers · Listening practice with 37 passages spoken by native speakers Whether learning on your own or in a classroom setting, The Complete Spanish Step-by-Step will quickly guide you from novice to near-fluent speaker.
At first a successful painter of the Roman Baroque, Pietro (Berrettini) da Cortona (1597-1669) soon emerged as an architect of equal stature. This book is the first to focus full attention on Cortona's buildings and projects and to assess his position in Roman Baroque architecture. The book discusses Cortona's major commissions, particularly SS. Luca e Martina, the Villa del Pigneto, S. Maria della Pace, and S. Maria in Via Lata, as well as the designs that remained unbuilt, such as his plans for the Palazzo Pitti in Florence and the Louvre in Paris. Cortona's great decorative cycles, including Palazzo Barberini, the Chiesa Nuova, and others are also considered as part of his stunning vocabulary of architectural decoration. The book explores Cortona's relationships and rivalries with other outstanding Roman architects to illuminate the competitive climate in which he worked, and it concludes with a review of his influence and reputation into the twentieth century.
Written by local experts, Time Out Rome provides extensive coverage of the major sights — and then goes much further. Featuring everything from born-again trattorie to the burgeoning apertif trend, it offers visitors the chance to experience the Eternal City as the Romans do. History in Rome is not confined to museums, basilicas and galleries — it tumbles out everywhere. And though the city is reassuringly compact, this does not stop the cultural onslaught from being utterly bewildering and exhausting. While some travelers may have to face the fact that they probably won't see everything, it is also important not to shut oneself up inside all day looking at collections and sites or you will miss all that the outdoor scene has to offer. Time Out Rome helps travelers navigate through the cobblestone streets, so that they can eat, drink and shop like the natives. Suggested side trips out of town are also explored.
Profusely illustrated with fine instances of architectural experimentation throughthe centuries, Experiencing Architecture manages to convey the intellectual excitement of superbdesign. From teacups, riding boots, golf balls, and underwater sculpture to the villas of Palladioand the fish-feeding pavilion of the Peking Winter Palace, the author ranges over the less-familiarbyways of designing excellence.At one time, writes Rasmussen, "the entire community tool part informing the dwellings and implements they used. The individual was in fruitful contact with thesethings; the anonymous houses were built with a natural feeling for place, materials and use and theresult was a remarkably suitable comeliness. Today, in our highly civilized society, the houseswhich ordinary people are doomed to live in and gaze upon are on the whole without quality. Wecannot, however, go back to the old method of personally supervised handicrafts. We must strive toadvance by arousing interest in and understanding of the work the architect does. The basis ofcompetent professionalism is a sympathetic and knowledgeable group of amateurs, of non-professionalart lovers."
Where were Venetian blinds invented? What color is the black box on a commercial airplane? Where did India ink originate?* Most of us know more than we think we know. We also think we know more than we actually do-because some of what we think we know simply "ain't so." We all harbor misconceptions that are accepted not only because they are popular but also because they make sense. It makes sense to believe, for example, that German chocolate originated in Germany rather than the truth: that German chocolate is so named because it was created by Sam German. It seems logical to believe that Mercury is the hottest planet because of its proximity to the sun, or that buttermilk contains butter, that Danish pastry is from Denmark, and that the boat race America's Cup was named after the United States of America. In Sorry, Wrong Answer, Rod Evans takes readers on a tour of misleading trivia, debunking commonly held assumptions and sharing surprising "right" answers. *Answers: Japan; Orange; China
Rome is more than ever bursting at the seams with newly unleashed vitality. Just in time for 2012’s 2 million American visitors is all-color, photo-packed Fodor’s Rome, revealing the festa romana that is the pulse of the Eternal City. If proof were needed that Romans are switching into the fast lane, just check out Fodor’s “new Rome” wrap-up. Expanded Coverage: Look for expanded write-ups of the hot and hip neighborhoods of Pigneto and San Lorenzo, the latest architectural landmarks (the Casa della Ballo and Casa del Cinema), and more avant-garde sites. Discerning Recommendations: Fodor’s Rome offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor’s Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. “Word of Mouth” quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.