ROMA – SPRING 2017 – pt 2a

The Ospedale S Giacomo was an ancient hospital, which catered to the “incurables” of the city – those suffering from incurable diseases.  It was only closed in 2008, even though, according to a papal bull dating back to the 1600’s, the building’s purpose could not be changed, nor could the building be sold.   The original…

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ROMA – SPRING 2017 – pt 1

Everyone has that place in the world where, when they first set eyes on it, it feels as if they have lived there their entire life!  It quite simply feels like “home”.  For me, that place is Roma.  I love everything about it!  From the cats that roam the streets, keeping them a bit more…

BOLOGNA – Day Four – Part Two

The Instituto dei Ciechi Francesco Cavazza is a school for the blind, which was founded in 1881.Nearby is the Porta Castiglione – a gate into the city which was part of the 13th century medieval wall system that protected the city.Enrico Panzacchi was an Italian poet, and art critic, as well as a professor at…

BOLOGNA – Day Four – Part One

Though it is sort of considered part of the Church of San Giacomo Maggiore, the Oratorio di Santa Cecilia is accessed by an entrance-way on Via Zamboni, under the porticoes, on the side of the church.  On the day of my visit, there was a private event being held in the Oratorio, so I was…