ROME is life and beauty together. When you walk in Rome, its monuments and its history are in every step you take. Every little stone has a history to tell you, while the historical buildings are continuously reminding you about the beauty and the glory of the ancients. You can watch, read or see everything about Rome, even if you do not live in Rome, but you will miss the magic of the eternal city.
In spring 2015 I was looking for this beauty while standing at home and I bumped into the actor and film director Giulio Base (imdb link). He lives in Rome and loves beauty and life; he managed to embrace the streaming app Periscope in its best possible way by continuously streaming live walks in Rome since then.
ROME BECOMES MORE AND MORE BEAUTIFUL – Immediately for me, ROME became more and more beautiful than ever. Guilio’s walks in Rome are dedicated to beauty, but also to life and poetry. Walking with him in his live streaming is like being there to love everything that surrounds him.
One of my preferred path you can watch is the one from Vatican City Piazza San Pietro, down to Castel Sant’Angelo, turning right on the Bridge Ponte Sant’Angelo where – in one of the memorable walks – the Bernini’s statue of an Angel was baptized to be an “Angel doing a selfie” (due to the holding stick), and where the Tevere river is framing Rome in its best contours of San Peter’s church, left back behind where we started walking from.
Then slowly Giulio takes you across the bridge towards Piazza Navona. Before reaching the big square, any little road we go through hides marvellous places and peculiar people that Giulio won’t miss showing you while walking. Local singers on the road, people talking, walking or sitting at restaurants, bars or shopping, everything is a scope. Everything will come to you in its beauty as Giulio shapes and conveys the flow to be a mervellous charm even if for a few moments. The big monuments talk for themselves, like in Piazza Navona; here we are taking part in a poem of emotions as we set aside watching the beauty of Borromini’s and Bernini’s.
The pace of the walk is always very comfortable. When you need to watch something for a long time, Giulio will do it without asking you. When the narrator voice (Giulio’s of course) is not needed, it stops talking. When people around him are too much involved, Giuilio respects their privacy and leave them. The city is of course crowded of people, but Giulio respects them all. The walk will never bother you while watching and you’ll be more and more in love with Rome at every step.
Giulio’s path is perfect if you wants to visit Rome. Walking from Vatican to Colosseo is easy and you can stop by any place to eat in case or relax. Giulio takes two hours to do 3 kilometers by foot. You can split the trip in Rome in more days, but when it’s 5pm, you want to start walking on Giulio’s path if you want to eat later at 8pm and enjoy the sunset.
PANTHEON, ALTARE DELLA PATRIA AND COLOSSEO – While Giulio now takes us to the Pantheon’s area, we’re instructed of good places to be at, great bars for an ice cream, great places for a photo, and for having a lot of fun. There is never the “best” place in his words because the stream respects everyone and everything; we are walking respecting beauty and people all the time.
When we reach our final walk toward the Colosseo, after passing by the Altare della Pace, we realize that we are part of the live stream like if we were there with Giulio. We’re so much there with him that we realize that soon we’ll be going to… touch the Colosseo!
Overhelmed by the emotions and by the surrounding beauty, soon to be touching the Colosseo, we and Giulio reach the base of the amphitheater; we are ready to be carried in the most emotional moment of the whole evening. After all the previous beauty of people and places, after the magic moments of life and even perils (yes, perils, due to the so-called killing cars Giulio bumps into from time to time while walking), we’re now touching the Colosseo!
THE KING OF PERISCOPE – You can watch Giulio Base, “King of Periscope”, and his scopes on Periscope almost every day. When you want to be thankful for such an emotional moment of beauty and start typing something in the chat to Giulio, he already knows that, he turns the camera to show his face, smiles and tells us “Thank you! … and thank God“, so few but powerful words that we all share and agree.
- Piazza di San Pietro (piazza/starting point)
- Ponte Sant’Angelo (ponte/bridge)
- Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (monumento)
- Pantheon (sito archeologico)
- Piazza Venezia (piazza/square)
- Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II (monumento)
- Colosseum (anfiteatro)
Giulio also streams music moments and night’s meditation scopes from time to time. Be sure not to miss them!
Thank you for reading.