Feeling ROME

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Summary of Feeling ROME

"An intimate portrait of the Eternal City"

Visiting a city and then describing it in a guide book is very different than living it, breathing in the atmosphere, enjoying its surprises, discovering its details and recounting its hidden personality in an engaging and passionate way.

In “Feeling Rome” Barbara Athanassiadis does just that: she introduces us to Rome, the Eternal City, albeit contemplating it from a different perspective, one that is more humane but also more penetrating, revealing the secrets of the particular way of life of the Romans, masterfully balanced between their glorious past and a bright and promising present.

At the same time, she delicately touches upon the monuments, palaces, fountains, piazzas and shops of this fascinating city, breathing in the ineffable aura of the "dolce vita" of fashion and art.

The author takes readers by the hand on a revealing walk, inviting even the most fanatical admirers of this city to fall in love again, as if it was the first time! «... As I walked through the gate of the Piazza del Popolo, in front of me I saw the square, dominated by the twin churches and the high obelisk, marking the top of the three streets opening like a fan ahead, leading to as many squares with stairs in marble and baroque palaces. Two hundred years before, that same imposing gate had been crossed by Goethe, who, finding himself in the presence of such a spectacle, a prelude to the wonders of the Eternal City, opened his arms and said, "Now I begin to live!”»


"Ever the charmer when she hits the paper, Barbara Athanassiadis takes us along on a stroll through Rome, her dwelling city of adoption. As a matter of fact, this journey is bound to take us far beyond the walls of this city and on to a trip to the Holy Land, where the journey turns into a soul-searching experience, as the author endeavors to connect her establishment in Rome to her remote origins.

Thus, as light as a feather, from palazzos to verandas, and from piazzas to movies of the ‘60s, Barbara flutters along, shedding what she feels is superfluous, along the way. Sometimes entire blocks are obliterated, churches seem to vanish into thin air and even historic accuracy seems as some point, to lose importance…. An experienced traveler, fully conversant with the art of getting rid of unnecessary burdens in her own, so very special, unmistakably feminine and romantic way, something like picking up the most beautiful Mediterranean flowers, before putting them in a vase to share the composition with roses and… artichokes alike!"

Maria Ioannides, Review in Vakchikon Magazine

"In her new travel book, Barbara Athanassiadis lives, breathes, takes delight in, discovers and guides us with a personal and insightful look of Rome, the Eternal City. She deciphers the unique lifestyle of the Romans, easily juggling between their glorious past and their bright present. She takes her readers on transcendent strolls, revealing precious and little-known secrets and inspiring all, even the most unrepentant lovers of Rome, to rediscover it once more."

Theodore Gregoriadis, Review in Passport Magazine

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About the author

 Athanassiadis Barbara is the author of seven novels, including three travel narratives on Italy: "A Year in Tuscany" (2007), "Feeling Rome" (2009) and "My Venice" (2014), which make up a trilogy on three major Italian cities of Art. She divides her time between Athens and Rome.

Author's website:  http://www.barbaraathanassiadis.it/

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Travel / Europe / General
Travel / Europe / Italy
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Barbara Athanassiadis
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Summary of A Year in TUSCANY

"A tale of reality, history, landscape and art."

History, art, gastronomy, monuments, images: these are the elements that dominate the impressions of Barbara Athanassiadis in Tuscany, where she spends the four seasons of the year painting watercolours and discovering the hidden treasures of one of the most beautiful places in the world.

The excursions through the vineyards in autumn give her the opportunity to let her imagination roam free and to transport us to the unique landscapes that surround her.

The winter walks through Florence and Siena are an extraordinary exhibition dedicated to the world of Art.

The spring excursions in her Beetle to the medieval towns open her eyes, and ours, to the traditions of the place, which she critiques with her own Mediterranean influences as to how Tuscany was viewed by the English during the Grand Tour.

In the summer, she leaves for Maremma, virgin land within Tuscany, where she lives through the stories and legends of its people while at the same time taking a step back to look at the Etruscans.  She makes quick stops to local restaurants to taste the delicious, traditional cuisine allowing us to share in her meal of sliced bread seasoned with olive oil, ravioli al pecorino, and pappardelle in rabbit stew, all flavored with herbs and cheese and washed down with a glass of the famous Vin Santo.

Her travel story, written from the heart, clearly shows that she is charmed not only by the peculiarities and traditions of the region, but also the hidden details of everyday life.  It is these little details, an unknown aspect in the daily life of Tuscans, which surprise her and never fail to charm.


"Through the images, Barbara Athanassiadis writes a lyrical text, in which Tuscany, the noblest of the Italian lands, is celebrated in all its splendor. Centuries of human effort have changed the original natural fabric creating a landscape on a human scale that has no equal. I should add that I would like to read the text in its original language but it was not possible, since I do not know it. However, the translation, beautiful, with a fluid language, charming and persuasive, allows  me to assume that the original  text is of equal beauty: the cases in which the translations have been able to overcome the originals can be counted on the fingers of one hand, in more than three millennia of the civilization of writing."

Professor Fabrizio Lemme, Academy of San Luca - Rome

"The pages of your books are like paintings that a painter paints in real time, while living, capturing the moments - not just spatially but also through the sensory nuances that give color to life. The choice of Tuscany, over other colourful Italian regions, only reinforces the passion and the materiality of the feelings generating chapters, paragraphs, lines, words ... "

Roberto Castellucci, Painter

"With time and disposition as her allies and, above all, her thorough knowledge of Italian  Renaissance Art, Barbara Athanassiadis offers a journey along which I came to learn exactly what to look at, not just to feel what she herself may have achieved, but mostly to attain a conciliation with style and culture, the two natural companions of any wanderer. The painter that she is allowed for certain strokes of her brushes to go astray, much to the benefit of the rest of us!  Secret nuances and mixtures of colors so vivid that they transpire, despite everything, in the watercolors striving to surge from the pages of her book. The numerous references to Art and the reports of talks she had with several people she has met throughout her life, not just dwelling in Tuscany, have admittedly made me richer and definitely strengthened my resolve to revisit the region harboring the sources of elixir. For this is what Tuscany is all about."

Yiannis Spaveras, Greek Writer

Barbara Athanassiadis
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"Il mio viaggio personale, nel mito, nella storia, nella magia dell'arte"

Con lo sguardo penetrante dell’esperta viaggiatrice, Barbara Athanassiadis intraprende, nel suo nuovo libro, un viaggio nel tempo, nel mito, nella Storia, nella magia dell’Arte e della vita. E lo stesso sguardo carico di gioiosa curiosità che si riscontra in altri precedenti racconti di viaggio dell’autrice, quali Un Anno in Toscana e Passeggiate Romane che, con La mia Venezia compongono la trilogia dedicata dalla scrittrice greca al suo “Gran Tour” in Italia.

Rivolgendosi al lettore col suo accattivante sorriso e col suo inconfondibile stile, Barbara Athanassiadis lo invita a seguirla, la prende delicatamente per mano e lo guida attraverso i canali, i rii, le piazze della città lagunare, attira la sua attenzione  sulle sue bellezze naturali, sulle straordinarie opere artistiche, che hanno reso Venezia una città unica al mondo.

Il «Leone alato» riposa pigramente sulle spalle di questa romantica eroina, il «Volo del gabbiano» giunge fino all’imperatrice Sissi, le «Sferette di Murano» rotolano incontro alla «Forchetta della principessa bizantina», «Τorcello» corteggia le «Veneziane nell’harem»…



"Osservando lo sguardo su Venezia proposto del libro di Barbara Athanassiadis, ho percepito la presenza di un coinvolgimento emotivo. Il titolo del libro infatti rispecchia perfettamente le intenzioni dell’autrice: La mia Venezia. Perché si tratta davvero della Venezia di Barbara Athanassiadis, non tanto nel senso dello sguardo soggettivo o della scelta di mettere a fuoco gli elementi specifici che l’affascinano, ma soprattutto nel senso che l’autrice, benché punti lo sguardo su quello che vedono tutti gli altri, non vede le stesse cose che vedono loro.

Infatti Barbara Athanassiadis percorrendo i suoi luoghi preferiti ha attirato il mio sguardo, senza asservirlo, su aspetti, colori e sensazioni della città. L’autrice spiega con spontaneità e naturalezza il mito che riveste il suo percorso di viaggio, ma anche con la stessa raffinatezza, la stessa serenità e la stessa grazia con cui affronta i diversi aspetti della realtà nella sua vita extraletteraria. Le idee, le riflessioni, le aspirazioni e le reazioni dei personaggi sgorgano in modo assolutamente naturale… Al punto che, leggendo questo libro, si ha l’impressione di ascoltare la voce familiare di un’amica che ci sussurra all’orecchio le sue storie segrete. "

Eleni Kritikà, Critico letterario


"Grazie al racconto di Barbara Athanassiadis ho scoperto che Venezia si trova davvero dentro di lei. Così ecco spiegato il titolo: La mia Venezia. Anche se siamo amiche da molti anni, la sua storia mi ha emozionato molto. Ho avuto la sensazione di essere presa per mano e di passeggiare con lei in questa città favolosa, che a volte è nascosta dalla nebbia e a volte viene abbracciata dai colori pastello del tramonto. La naturalezza e nel contempo maturità delle doti descrittive dell’autrice ha attirato la mia attenzione, al punto che avrei voglia anch’io di fare un viaggio a Venezia per conoscere la città che l’ha ispirata. Mi ritengo fortunata quando ho l’occasione di imbattermi in un libro come questo, con una storia che fa viaggiare e offre al lettore uno sguardo nuovo su cose che si danno ormai per scontate, mentre si sta seduti comodamente sulla poltrona di casa propria."

Zoe Kyriakou, Produttore radiofonico “Easy 97,2” Atene, Grecia


"Barbara deve essere follemente innamorata di Venezia, perché so che per molti anni aveva desiderato la stesura di questo libro. Ha visitato la città molte volte in autunno e vi è rimasta per lunghi periodi, al fine di interiorizzare tutto quello che poi ha descritto e collegato sapientemente, offrendo al lettore le sue interessanti riflessioni sulle piazze, gli infiniti ponti e innumerevoli chiese, ma anche una meravigliosa lezione sulla storia ed un accattivante sguardo sull’arte di questa misteriosa e sensuale città. Sappiamo tutti cosa è Venezia per gli “art lovers”. Attraverso la lettura del suo libro è ovvio che ha avuto un dialogo esclusivo con la Serenissima, affinché la sua magia penetrasse dentro di lei e così poter dopo raccontare la sua intima relazione con questi luoghi suggestivi. Leggendo e gustando le pagine del libro mi è piaciuto soprattutto il punto in cui chiede alla città di non nascondersi dietro le sue maschere e rilevarsi senza nessun segreto, gettando i suoi veli turistici."

Lydia Mastronikolis, Presidente degli Amici della Associazione Culturale “Il Mondo Ellenico” 

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Ταξιδεύοντας στην ΙΤΑΛΙΑ: «Ανακαλύπτοντας τη Χώρα της Τέχνης, της Ιστορίας και του Πολιτισμού»

Είναι από την Ιταλία που το ταξίδι μου στον κόσμο της Ομορφιάς αρχίζει.

Έχοντας ζήσει στην Ιταλία για 25 χρόνια, ένα τρυφερό χαμόγελο διαγράφεται στα χείλη μου. «Απλά ένα χαμόγελο;» ίσως ν΄αναρωτιέστε. Ναι, αλλά αυτό το χαμόγελο είναι το αποτέλεσμα χιλιάδων εικόνων, που έχουν παραμείνει ζωντανές στη μνήμη μου, σαν αυτό το τέταρτο του αιώνα να πέρασε μόλις χθες. Το χαμόγελο εκφράζει επίσης τα συναισθήματα μου, όπου στην τριλογία μου αυτά παίρνουν τη μορφή ενός ανάλαφρου, ευάερου χορού.

Στην Ιταλία, πέρα από οτιδήποτε άλλο, οι αισθήσεις χορεύουν, και αυτός είναι ο πιο αισθησιακός χορός. Η θεατρικότητα του ρωμαϊκού μπαρόκ έρχεται σε αρμονία με τα κοφτά βήματα  της Τοσκάνης και την εύθραυστη χάρη της Βενετίας. Ενώ οι άνθρωποι βρίσκονται κι αυτοί σε μια συνεχή κίνηση. Οι Ρωμαίοι στροβιλίζονται με πάθος, οι Τοσκάνοι, ευθυγραμμίζονται φέρνοντας πίσω την αίσθηση της τάξης, ενώ οι Βενετσιάνοι προσδίδουν τη δική τους γοητευτική νότα μυστηρίου. 

Είναι αλήθεια ότι ο Θεός χάρισε στην Ιταλία αφθονία Ομορφιάς. Και αν η έκφραση αυτής της Ομορφιάς ορίζεται μέσα από τα τέσσερα στοιχεία: φύση, χρώμα, αρμονία και κομψότητα, τότε γοητευμένη, μοιράζομαι μαζί σας αυτή την εμπειρία. Διότι αν κάθε βιβλίο είναι μια αντανάκλαση της φαντασίας του δημιουργού του, είναι επίσης μια αντανάκλαση της φαντασίας των αναγνωστών του.

Για να με ακολουθήσετε, λοιπόν,  σε αυτό το προσωπικό Grand Tour της Ιταλίας, επέλεξα για την απόλαυση σας, το πρώτο κεφάλαιο από κάθε βιβλίο της τριλογίας μου.

Bon voyage!


«Η Βαρβάρα-Ρίτα Αθανασιάδου στο καινούργιο ταξιδιωτικό της αφήγημα ζει, ανασαίνει, χαίρεται, ανακαλύπτει και μας ξεναγεί με μια ανθρώπινη αλλά και πιο διεισδυτική ματιά στη Ρώμη, την Αιώνια Πόλη. Αποκρυπτογραφεί τον ιδιαίτερο τρόπο ζωής των Ρωμαίων, ακροβατώντας με δεξιοτεχνία στο ένδοξο παρελθόν τους και το λαμπερό παρόν τους. Οδηγεί τους αναγνώστες σε υπερβατικούς ρωμαϊκούς περιπάτους αποκαλύπτοντας πολύτιμα μυστικά και εμπνέοντας, ακόμα και τους αμετονόητα φανατικούς της Ρώμης, να την ανακαλύψουν ξανά. »

Θεόδωρος Γρηγοριάδης, Περιοδικό Passport


«Ιστορία, τέχνη, γεύση, μνημεία, αξιοθέατα, εικόνες: ιδού τα στοιχεία που συνθέτουν το λογοτεχνικό οδοιπορικό της Βαρβάρας-Ρίτας Αθανασιάδου σε έναν από τους ωραιότερους τόπους του κόσμου, την Τοσκάνη. «Ταξιδεύω,όχι για να γνωρίσω την Ιταλία,αλλά για την ψυχική ικανοποίησή μου». Με αυτά τα λόγια του Σταντάλ κατά νου η συγγραφέας, που ζει μόνιμα στη Ρώμη, ξεκίνησε την περιήγησή της στον Παράδεισο, όπως η ίδια χαρακτηρίζει την Τοσκάνη. Το ταξιδιωτικό της αφήγημα φανερώνει ότι η συγγραφέας έχει μελετήσει τις ιδιαιτερότητες αυτού του τόπου, τις παραδόσεις, την τέχνη, την ιστορία, ακόμη και ασήμαντες (αλλά σε κάθε περίπτωση χρήσιμες σε όσους αγαπούν τα ταξίδια και τη γνωριμία με νέα μέρη) πλευρές της καθημερινότητας των Τοσκανών. Στις σελίδες του βιβλίου «Ενας χρόνος στην Τοσκάνη», που κυκλοφορεί από τις εκδόσεις Libro, ο αναγνώστης μαθαίνει για τους Ετρούσκους, τις ακουαρέλες στο Αρέτσο, τους ανθρώπους του Βόργκο, τη Σιένα, τη Μαρία Λουίζα, την τελευταία των Μεδίκων, αλλά και για το κιάντι... »

«Η Τοσκάνη με τα μάτια μιας Ελληνίδας», Εφημερίδα το Βήμα


«Παρατηρώντας τις βενετσιάνικες ματιές του βιβλίου της Barbara Athanassiadis, συνειδητοποίησα και τη συναισθηματική κλιμάκωση, καθώς η συγγραφέας κυριολεκτεί απολύτως: La mia Venezia. Πρόκειται πράγματι για τη δική της Βενετία, με την έννοια όχι τόσο της υποκειμενικής ματιάς ή της κατ’ επιλογήν εστίασης σε ό,τι γοητεύει την ίδια, όσο του δικού της ιδιαίτερου τρόπου να κοιτά προς την κατεύθυνση της θέας των πολλών και να μην βλέπει τα ίδια αξιοθέατα.

Γιατί η ίδια περιδιαβαίνει τα αγαπημένα της μέρη και παρέσυρε το δικό μου βλέμμα σε όψεις, χρώματα και αισθήσεις δίχως να το καθοδηγεί. Όπως χαριτωμένα προσεγγίζει τις όψεις της καθημερινότητάς της στην εξω-λογοτεχνική ζωή της, ήρεμα, νωχελικά, με χαμόγελο πάντα, εξίσου αυθόρμητα, φυσικά, ξεδιπλώνει και τον μύθο με τον οποίο ντύνει την περιήγησή της. Κίνητρα, σκέψεις, αναζητήσεις, αντιδράσεις των ηρώων της προκύπτουν σχεδόν ως αυτονόητα… Έτσι, που να νομίζει κανείς, διαβάζοντας το βιβλίο της, πως παρακολουθεί την εξομολογητική αφήγηση μιας φίλης, που η οικειότητα της φωνής της εμπιστεύεται στ’ αυτιά μας δικές της στιγμές.»

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