Ghosts of Ancient Rome
Florence of the Medici
Venice in the Movies
Gay Paris will help you discover Paris’ hidden gay history as you walk along the quais of the Seine, the Champs Elysées and in the Tuileries Gardens. Drawing on historical documents, the app’s authors use interactive maps that lead you to dozens of important sites from a sexual culture that goes back centuries.
From the Renaissance to the Revolution and from powdered wigs to today, Paris has always been an important center of gay life. Sites of significant cultural and literary importance, as well as places where men went to meet each other over the centuries, are illustrated and explained by scholars and historians. Start near Notre-Dame where medieval grammarians sometimes lived quite unusual lives and explore the neighborhood of Les Halles and the rue Ste. Anne for a look at gay life from the 1970s and 80s before ending in the Marais, a diverse neighborhood that the gay community calls home today.
The authors of the Ghosts of Ancient Rome guide you among the most fascinating remnants of the Eternal City and help you understand what you’re really looking at. The app contains two interactive maps that lead you straight to any of over 100 fascinating locations. Survey the city from atop each of its seven hills, stand in the spot where Caesar was assassinated, see the rostra where Cicero’s head and right hand were put on public display after he too met an untimely fate, and visit spots most tourists know nothing about.
Concentrating on the period that runs from Rome’s legendary founding by Romulus and Remus to its fifth-century demise, the app helps you navigate through the modern city and reveals the secrets of what remains from the ancient past. You’ll be guided through the Colosseum, the Forum, Nero’s Domus Aurea, the Pantheon and other must-sees, but the app offers a selection of rarer treats as well. Explore the Pyramid of Cestius, the Ludus Magnus (the largest boot camp for gladiators), the still-extant highlights of medieval pilgrim guides, and much, much more.
The app’s authors aren’t tour guides: they are professional classicists whose years of experience in the field are put at your service. Do exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it. Use the Ghosts of Ancient Rome to make your own personalized itinerary and stop for a rest whenever you like! No other guide gives you so much for less than a cup of coffee!
Have you ever been to the Casentino? Just a few kilometers from Arezzo, between Monte Falterona and the Arno river, it’s a place rich in culinary tradition, specializing in grilled meats and porcini mushrooms. You can visit Poppi Castle, the monastery of Camaldoli and dozens of other interesting and romantic places. Though still little known to international travelers, it’s only an hour away from Florence and there’s something for everyone.
In addition to the more obvious attractions, this entire region is also steeped in literary history. With our app, you’ll be guided to all the spots in the Casentino related to Dante and his Divine Comedy. In fact, in 1289, Dante Alighieri engaged in combat on the bloody battlefield of Campaldino, in a place you can still visit today. It’s a wide, flat meadow just below the Poppi Castle, only a few minutes’ drive from Bibbiena.
Right around the corner from there is the Romena Castle, where Dante once stayed as a guest and which he mentions in his Inferno. In fact, not far from there is the place where the little stream called Archiano flows into the Arno: in other words, the very place where Bonconte da Montefeltro, having been stabbed through the throat, finally collapsed and died after the battle of Campaldino.
These and many other fascinating bits of literary trivia will soon be available, together with interactive maps of the entire area, in our app. Use it to explore one of Tuscany’s most enchanting regions.
Florence of the Medici is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the city’s grandest centuries. Although the term “Renaissance” wasn’t invented until centuries later, Florence’s fascination with bringing the ancient world back to life ushered in one of the most meaningful intellectual and artistic revolutions of world history.
The app starts its exploration of the city where Dante’s Florence leaves off. After the Black Death took half its population and the large banking families had caused - and then suffered through - one of the worst financial disasters in history, Florence was set to spring back to life as well. In those lean years, a rather ordinary man named Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici began a small business that would become an empire and a family that would raise produce three popes and European royalty.
Follow the app’s interactive maps to discover and follow the rise of one of Europe’s most influential families. Our authors have studied this period for decades and have put together an amazing amount of information. It’s almost as if every cobblestone in Florence has its own story to tell. Follow in the footsteps of fascinating characters like Lorenzo de’ Medici, Niccolò Machiavelli, Giovanni Boccaccio, Cosimo de’ Medici, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and many more.
Envelop yourself in the magic spaces of the seventh art. Venice is the host of the International Film Festival, one of the three most important events in the world of cinema. For over 70 years, all the famous stars of the big screen have made appearances at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido.
It’s also the backdrop of innumerable blockbusters. The epitome of a romantic city, Venice was the setting of immortal love stories like The Anonymous Venetian, Death in Venice and The English Patient. Its canals have also been crisscrossed in unbelievable boat (and gondola) chase scenes and in the action movies of James Bond, Indiana Jones and Lara Croft.
Venice’s mazelike alleyways and shadowy corners have inspired mysteries and thrillers like The Talented Mr. Ripley and Don’t Look Now. And its winter flooding and local color have enchanted characters from hometown films like Yuppi du, Venice, the Moon and You and Bread and Tulips.
With this app, you can revisit (and relive) classic scenes shot in Venice and follow in the footsteps of movie stars. Visit the places where the cameras rolled and see what they’re like today.
Pedro Almodóvar is probably the best-known director of Spanish cinema. If New York is Woody Allen’s backdrop, and Rome was Fellini’s, Madrid is most certainly the most important setting for the director from La Mancha.
Almodóvar’s camera transforms space and presents Spain’s capital as the most postmodern city of the entire peninsula. He spots peculiar details even in crowded places, like Plaza Mayor, the Gran Vía, the Rastro and the Segovia Viaduct. He seeks out unusual spots that tourists rarely see (Plaza de la Villa, Marqués de Casa Riera street, and the façade of the Spanish Film Archive’s Cine Doré) and casts a kind of spell over out-of-the-way places (like the buildings along the M-30 or the neighborhood of Tetuán).
Almodóvar’s particular technique is even more noticeable in the case of interior spaces (like the Coctelería Museo Chicote, the Café del Círculo de Bellas Artes and the Corona de Espina), but it exists as well in the backdrops of enigmatic skylines, like the KIO Towers and the Teléfonica Building.
This app offers you a totally new experience of Almodóvar’s settings. See for yourself where some of his most famous work was done and walk through the streets of Madrid alongside unforgettable characters from What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Volver, Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Matador, Labyrinth of Passion, and more.
« Quod manet »
Latin. that which remains, what’s left
e.g., ut videretis quod manet
Quod Manet is a new multilingual startup company created for travelers who love literature, history and film. Each of its mobile apps has been crafted by professional researchers – not tour guides – who take you on an entertaining and informative exploration of a subject and a place they’ve studied for years.
Use menus and interactive maps to decide where to go, and learn something cool when you get there. Why listen to memorized boilerplate while following somebody’s flag on a stick? Go at your own pace and do what you want.
This isn’t a free app, but you won’t be pestered by ads or requests for in-app purchases, and no one will ever ask for your private information.
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