Exhibitions, art galleries and artisans in Rome, and then the white roads and the quiet of the hills and the buzz of the coast: the Lazio you don't expect

A holiday itinerary in Lazio cannot do without Rome, and the difficulty, trying to describe Rome is to unravel in its vastness. We mean its extension, of course, but also the quantity and quality of the monuments, museums, palaces, neighborhoods to visit. Let us leave the floor, therefore, to those who live and work in the capital and have made a profession out of their passion for communicating architecture, Giulia Milza and Maria Azzurra Rossi.

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Who are Giulia Milza and Maria Azzurra Rossi, our guides in Lazio?

The PR agency Mint List, founded 10 years ago by Giulia Milza and Maria Azzurra Rossi, has an approach focused on architecture, design and events related to these disciplines. Giulia and Maria Azzurra, in fact, are both graduates in Architecture and with a Masters in Marketing and Communication Management from the Business School of Il Sole 24 Ore.

Prior to starting their own business with Mint List, they worked with international print and digital media and served as press and PR executives for high-profile architectural firms such as Studio Fuksas (Italy, France) and KAAN Architecten (Netherlands, France, Brazil).

A framework of meaning for Arnaldo Pomodoro

Fendi, which in 2015 elected the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, in Eur, as its headquarters, offers the free admission exhibition “Arnaldo Pomodoro. The great theater of civilizations” can be visited until 1 October 2023.

The exhibition is a large autobiographical 'theatre' – both real and mental, historical and imaginative – whose staging is introduced by four sculptures placed at the four outer corners of the Palazzo.

Furthermore, by redesigning the very architecture of the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana as an archetype that can be modified, the four Forme del mito re-signify the building, transforming the so-called “Square Colosseum” – one of the symbols of Italian Modernism and Rationalism – into an open work, which can be reinterpreted as a staged play, without a definite interpretation once and for all.

The design gallery

Founded in Rome in 2009 by Roberto Giustini and Stefano Stagetti, the Giustini Gallery / Stagetti deals with Italian Modern Design and International Contemporary Design.

The research on the twentieth century concerns the Italian Masters of Architecture and Design between the 30s and the 70s, with particular attention to authors such as Franco Albini, Gio Ponti, Gino Sarfatti and Ettore Sottsass.

The activity related to Contemporary Design consists in inviting international authors to design collections exclusively for the Gallery. Since 2011, collaborations have followed with Campana Brothers, Konstantin Grcic (as part of the Privato Romano Interno project, curated by Emanuela Nobile Mino), Andrea Anastasio, Formafantasma (curated by Domitilla Dardi), Giacomo Moor, Umberto Riva, Anton Alvarez and Francesco Faccin.

The current installation (until 14 September) offers works designed exclusively by Giacomo Moor, Francesco Faccin and Umberto Riva.

A true creative feat

In 1967, from an idea of Ida Bazzi, mother of the current owner Roberta Borra Cinque, an artistic and productive center of excellence was born to carry out projects of furniture, art, religious and sporting articles using different materials: aluminium, bronze, Plexiglas, brass, iron and steel.

Poignée, therefore, is both an artistic foundry, complete with all development sectors, and a show-room.

From a historic artisan workshop, today it is a creative company that looks to the present and the future with confidence, based on a solid corporate - and territorial - vocation at the service of contemporary, Italian and international design. Poignée's goal is to be available to a large-scale audience, made up of individuals, professionals and interior decorators.

What can be found at Pognée? Difficult to summarize the vastness of the offer that goes from handles, to lighting, to the production and restoration of artistic glass.

Shopping with awareness

The pizzicarolo was originally "a seller of pizzas and cheeses or food that tickles the palate". Inspired by this figure from the Roman tradition, Carola Calò has opened a place in the Roman district of Monteverde where you can go shopping, recovering your time and taste, and find carefully selected, interesting, tasty and ethically correct products.

Pizzicarola was born from the desire to create a relaxed place in which to feel the contact between producer and consumer alive.

“Our farmers - explains Carola - practice natural agriculture, they do not apply chemical or synthetic substances, they try to protect the soil and nourish it to make it more fertile. They live in harmony with plants and animals creating a balanced and sustainable ecosystem.”

Invitation to quiet, a few steps from the sea

Leave the car in the parking lot, take a road between the typical red farmhouses, in the shade of century-old plane trees and reach the welcoming silence of the agricultural residence Santa Lucia Maccarese.

In the heart of the Roman countryside, the central structure of Santa Lucia was born from the recovery of a former sheepfold through the conservation of the geometries, the rhythmic nature of the openings on the elevations, the red color typical of the area, recovering, when possible, even the original construction elements.

Intimate and suspended, it is a place that offers charming cuisine and hospitality with constant attention to the environment, the entire recovery project was carried out according to the principles of bio-architecture. T

Among the many proposals offered, it is interesting to discover that Santa Lucia offers the possibility of enjoying their breakfast also to external guests (by reservation).

Art and nature on the outskirts of Rome

The lives of Mariangela Ascatigno and Giulio Rigoni intertwined at university, both art historians cultivated dreams and passions together that flowed into this life project, the Madonnella Agricola, a small corner of paradise on the outskirts of Rome.

La Madonnella is the right place for those looking to slow down, for those who want to be welcomed by the beauty of nature and the friendliness of the place, by the goodness of the food, by the attention to detail, a place that becomes an opportunity for meetings and inspirations, sharing passions and thoughts.

The bright rooms are furnished with natural and hypoallergenic materials such as wood, hemp, clay and lime. The plants also enter the interior spaces to give a unique imagery and, finally, in the summer period, the natural swimming pool, hidden by the large cork oaks, is a pleasant corner in which to enjoy the cool air.

It's time to live the night

Nite Kong has recently opened in Rione Monti, right next to Drink Kong, a staple of Roman and international mixology.

Celebrate the night, elegance and beauty and dedicate a place to those who know how to recognize and appreciate it. The thought of Nite Kong revolves around this Manifesto, a night club founded by Richard Ercolani, Claudia Gianvenuti, Massimo Palmieri, Patrick Pistolesi and Ilaria Valeri, entrepreneurs and former founders of Drink Kong.

An environment of only 30 seats and an impeccable bar directed by Mattia Capezzuoli, a young but already established talent in mixology. What makes the experience truly unique is its immersion: the new Nite is characterized by a very strong visual impact, full of symbolism and expressiveness, obtained thanks to the graphic art direction of the Studio LordZ. Nite Kong is open Thursday through Saturday, 9pm to 2am.