The latest news about Rome is that the city is now in the yellow zone. There are still lots of public transport problems, but also some new exhibitions (Damian Hirst) and plans to remove the famous Roman cobblestones from some streets and reuse them in other ones.
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Damien Hirst in the Galleria Borghese (till November 2021)
On June 8th the Damien Hirst exhibition “Archaeology Now” was opened in the famous Galleria Borghese. The exhibition is a continuation of another that took place some years ago in the Palazzo Grassi in Venice. It also contains a number of new paintings by the artist.
Baldo degli Ubaldi metro stop closed for three months
Maintenance work on the 12 escalators and 7 lifts in the Baldo degli Ubaldi metro station will take about three months. During the closure, the frequency of bus line 490 will increase. Most tourists will not even notice, as the stop is not near the historical center of the city.
Barberini stop on metro line A closed
In March 2019 the Barberini stop on metro line A was closed because of problems with the escalators. Those problems still have not been solved. Apparently in the meantime the station has been taking over by rats.
Michelangelo Exhibition in Piazza Barberini
The exhibition in the Palazzo Barberini showcasess reproductions of a number of drawings by Michelangelo himself, together with paintings by some of his most important followers. The exhibition started on October 11th and will continue until January 6th, 2020.
Cobblestones to be Removed from Main Thoroughfares
Several streets in the historical center of Rome are paved with sampietrini, the typical Roman cobblestones. Among these are some of the most important streets of the city, such as the Via Nazionale and the Via IV Novembre. Although considered a symbol of the city, the cobblestones are also slippery when it rains and hard to maintain. The mayor of Rome has now decided to take the sampietrini away from the main thoroughfares and place them in the pedestrian streets in the historical center instead.
Tarpeian Rock Restoration Paid by Gucci
In June 2019 the fashion brand Gucci has pledged 1,6 million Euros for the restoration of the Tarpeian Rock. The works will include the installation of a new lighting system. The path around the cliff will be cleared and the gardens around it will also be restored. Work is supposed to finish in 2021. In the days of the Roman Republic condemned criminals were thrown off this 25 meter high cliff.
Canova Exhibition October 2019 – March 2020
An exhibition of the Italian neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova is planned in the Museo di Roma (Palazzo Braschi) for the autumn of 2019. Canova (1757-1822) is known as one of the greatest of the neoclassical artists. His most famous sculptures are Amore e Psiche, Tre Grazie and Paolina Borghese. Those who would like to see some of his best work, but are not in Rome during the exhibition, can visit the Galleria Borghese or St. Peter’s Basilica.