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MARCUS AURELIUS ON HORSEBACK

The Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius stands centre stage in Rome’s Piazza del Campidoglio…

One of the few stipulations that the Pope made when he commissioned Michelangelo to redesign the piazza on the Capitoline Hill was that the famous ancient statue of Marcus Aurelius should be its focal point. The statue we see there today, however, is in fact a copy; the original is in the Palazzo dei Conservatori (conveniently located on the same square) and has been since it was removed for renovation in 1981. The Emperor himself might have predicted as much… “What then remains after death?” asked Marcus in his Meditations. “To wait with a good grace for the end, whether it be extinction or translation.”

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True to form, this issue is packed with fascinating features and articles covering the Italian peninsula. You’ll love the evocative account of a visit to Genoa – our cover star this month – there is so much to see and admire, and take a boat trip out onto the Venetian lagoon to explore the forgotten islands, all with poignant tales to tell. Our newest writer Anna takes us on a tour of the Alta Maremma, once a marshy swamp and now the home to some of the finest wines in Italy, while the Po Delta is the destination for a weekend away.