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Piazza di Pasquino, Rome

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  • The "voice" of ancient statues torn the holes and placed at the corners of the squares and streets, and night were filled with cries of protest, invective in rhyme, poems full of resentment against the power of the era, starting from 1500 until 1870 and to a lesser extent even today to give voice to a disgruntled General, represents one of the peculiarities of this beautiful city. This group of corroded marble depicting epic gods, heroes, representatives of the Rome of the Caesars, simple and scary became overnight the satyrs 300 water carrier "talking statues". Find them now I miss him no. There are still although offenses from time, choked by cars parked, put aside and mostly mute. Yet were the biggest "opposition party" of Papal Rome. Mind you, the "pasquinate" (Pasquino statue that spoke more) were not directly from the populace that was illiterate and uncultured, but were the result of minds, cultured and witty that they knew of metric and Latin and that definitely referred to the literary tradition of Juvenal, Horace, Catullus and martial. The fact is that however much wit did nothing but "put on" what people growled through the streets in "draft". Taxes, corruption, expropriations, dissolution were the basis on which it was founded the new Rome of the Renaissance (but it's the same thing even to this day). To the Romans of the time had a ruling class of powerful and unscrupulous Cardinals that elected Popes just as powerful and unscrupulous. The Borgias, the Carafa, the Barberini were absolute masters of life of the populace and ruled with an iron fist, but one thing must be accorded this: the fact that he delivered to posterity a city even more beautiful than they found it, rich in works of art and unique monuments that make it the most beautiful in the world. The first to "talk" was a piece of old marble planted or perhaps I should say abandoned on an edge of Palazzo Braschi in the rione of Parione and the object of his invective was now Pope Borgia, who with his family and unscrupulous dominated on the city: "here lies Alexander VI. He is buried with him, how much I worship ': the luxury, discord, deceit, violence and crime ". This phrase cronies ' after the departure of the Supreme Pontiff from this Vale of tears in August 1503. Was the 1501 and Cardinal Carafa had decided to use the remains of the statue of Menelaus supporting the dying body of Patroclus (a remnant of the decorations of the baths of Diocletian) to beautify the square, and there's still after more than five centuries in a clearing that inevitably took its name, piazza Pasquino. Still performs its function of collective consciousness, but lost a lot of the virulence of yesteryear even though one of the most beautiful "pasquinate" dates back to the late 1930s of the ' 900 on the occasion of the visit of Hitler to Mussolini: "poor Roma mia de travertine! Did they dressed all de carton, pe ' sees ' made by the painter, your Web master! "Today the stand on which the brother of Agamemnon and Achilles's favorite soldier writhing is covered with messages: tourists claiming in vain Roman restaurants open at six in the afternoon, poems in romanesco against politicians and declarations of love in any language. Nothing to do with the fact that this was revived when he created Pasquino Capitoline Speakers Corner. Alexander VI plan ' a ' deletion worthy of the best intelligence services in the world: he wanted it pulverized and dispersed into the Tiber. Then it was wisely advised to take care on the other, given that such a gesture would not have stopped at all the criticism, and indeed would have increased the fame of his dark protester. In any case of witty ready to speak there was in abundance. Abbot Luigi for example, wedged in the square that opens onto the side of Sant'Andrea della Valle, in piazza Vidoni. In fact the statue depicts a Roman toga, but to his misfortune the populace of the ward I see is an exhilarating resemblance to the parish priest of the nearby church of our Lady of the Holy Shroud, the Abbot Luigi, and forever change the name giving to posterity an unsuspecting Senator togato turned into a Provost that presents itself to the world with these words : "Fui dell'antica Roma un cittadino ora Abate Luigi, everyone calls me, I conquered with Mack and eternal fame in urban satire with Pasquino. I had offended, misfortunes and burial, but here life novella and alfin form. " In addition to hearing him speak (or better to read the verses that occasionally someone hanging in the neck), the Abbot was mainly to steal his head. One who firmly on the neck these days, in fact, is one of many copies that urban legend wants to fill entire warehouses of Rome City coffers, as was common practice. At the end then the statue you specialize and thanks to his experience, he became the official voice that played down the political transformation: the habit to lose their heads, you know, the first change of wind. Not ran risks like Marforio. Today as in the past we meet at the Capitol (specifically in the courtyard of Palazzo Nuovo at the Capitoline museums), a position he then put away playful spirit of the inhabitants of the district and now settled as it is above a fountain surrounded by tombstones and papal symbols, gives it a dignity which cannot fail to fascinate. On the other hand it is a colossal representation of a River God, Ocean, probably dating from the first century a.d. and perfectly preserved. Well, in spite of such elegance to Mack it fell to the lot as "shoulder" in conversations at a distance between him and the two rhymes with blows of Pasquino. they talked about everything: "it is true that the French are all thieves?" asked Mack from the Capitol to Menelaus of Piazza Navona. " All no, but Bonaparte! "replied Pasquino delighting the people of early 800 oppressed employment of Napoleon's troops. An entirely independent role belonged to Madame Lucrezia, or rather to the gigantic and junoesque bust of ISIS. Was named Lucrezia gossips who wanted to point out the reason for placing the bust in that forum, a gift that the Pope Paul II had done to his mistress Donna Lucrezia d'alagno. But more than the statue was often the victim of flagellar costume a strange devotion that persons of adolescents in the ward because busty shapes. The Bellman statue of via Lata is so corroded by time that it is impossible to recognize the original features, but in the sixteenth century there were rumours that the statue had been sculpted by Michelangelo. It portrays a Dipper, dressed in the traditional dress of the porters. Maybe he looked like someone who was in the area of the House. The fact is that the statue-fountain was given a strong passion for drinking, much to accuse her of providing water to the Wayfarer, despite knowing that the Romans always prefer wine. Finally, it must be the myopia of Cardinal Dezza, instead the reputation of Baboon (just with two B) which meets right on the street of the same name (this one with a B only). The high priest who lived around there in fact had a habit of reverence respectfully the statue rests against the wall, mistaking actually for a statue of San Girolamo. Needless to say, the devotion of the cardinal did not go unnoticed. So it was that the Baboon (nicknamed in this way to the ugliness of the statue resembling a monkey) started talking, and he talked so much that for a while seemed almost steal the show at Pasquino and his rants were so effective that they name all their own: the babbuinate. Than the maximum did not arrive so great but as proof of what I said, just think that until a few years ago the whole wall on which is placed the statue was covered in graffiti, and written testimony of a longevity of which currently enjoys only Pasquino. Unfortunately, the wall, as well as throughout the building on which rests the statue of Baboon, is now home to one of the many bars snob snobbissima facing away and the statue is not more than the role of a simple street furniture, old decor seeing absently while "bullocks" of the third millennium, politicians talk about suv's and appetizers. A humiliation that finally, after countless attempts at repression by the established power, has managed to silence the "vox populi", which does not spare anything to anyone, but now china my head before a toy cars and a toggle.
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  • Cmon. It's disgusting . And men and women share. Nothing to dry my hands. Gross. You are s business. A coffee is €3.50. Buy a new brush 
  • Always exciting, whenever I go to Rome, go and read what he has to write pasquino for Rome
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