Rome — The Eternal City

Travelling abroad is a favourite past-time for Laurence Grigorov, who as director of Johannesburg based residential property development company Laurence Martin Developments, uses the experience to broaden his scope and appreciation for different cultures and styles that are often used to influence upcoming projects and developments. Laurence Grigorov has travelled to Rome, The Eternal City, and has a deep appreciation for the design and aesthetics found in the city.

A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the dolce vita lifestyle as gorging on art and culture. Idling around picturesque streets, whiling away hours at street side cafes, people-watching on pretty piazzas — these are all an integral part of the Roman experience.

Few cities can rival Rome’s astonishing artistic heritage. Throughout history, the city has starred in the great upheavals of Western art, drawing the top artists of the day and inspiring them to push the boundaries of creative achievement. The result is a city awash with priceless treasures. Walk around the centre and without even trying you’ll come across masterpieces by the giants of Western art — sculptures by Michelangelo, canvases by Caravaggio, Raphael frescoes and fountains by Bernini.

The result of 3000 years of ad hoc urban development, Rome’s cityscape is an exhilarating spectacle. Ancient icons such as the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Pantheon recall the city’s golden age as caput mundi (capital of the world), while its many monumental basilicas testify to its historical role as seat of the Catholic Church. Lording it over the skyline, St Peter’s Basilica is the Vatican’s epic showpiece church, a towering masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Elsewhere, ornate piazzas and showy fountains add a baroque flourish to the city’s captivating streets.

Eating out is one of Rome’s great pleasures and the combination of romantic al fresco settings and superlative food is a guarantee of good times. For contemporary fine dining and five-star wine there are any number of refined restaurants, but for a truly Roman meal head to a boisterous pizzeria or convivial neighbourhood trattoria. These are where the locals go to dine with friends and indulge their passion for gelato.

Exposure to different types of building styles and methods allows Laurence Grigorov to improve the residential products Laurence Martin Developments offers to the market.