July 10 2014 / Local Interest

Botteghiamo Walks

Rome, Lazio

The good folks at Botteghiamo are at it again. (We wrote about them and their work to promote the traditional


July 3 2014 / Local Interest

Rome Watching Rome

Rome, Italy

One of those infinitely recursive loops that occur in buggy computer programs has been taking place in Rome. Take the


June 30 2014 / Art & Archaeology

(Re)-Discovering Caligula

Genzano, Lazio

Dear friends, I’m so happy to introduce a good friend and new ItalianNotebook contributor, Roberto Civetta. Roberto does some incredible


June 23 2014 / Local Interest

Monte di Pietá

Rome, Lazio

It’s notoriously difficult to find an ATM in Rome that’s working, accepts your credit card, etc. Short of cash for


June 20 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Farfa’s floor

Fara in Sabina, Lazio

At its height around the time of Charlemagne, the Farfa Abbey controlled 132 castles, 16 fortresses, 7 ports, 8 mines,


June 18 2014 / Food & Wine

Medieval Cloister / Hospital Café

Rome, Italy

Here’s another case in Rome where an older building has been incorporated into a newer one and where its function


May 20 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Contemporary Art Rescues Ancient Fresco

Viterbo, Lazio

Contemporary artists are helping to restore a 15th century colleague’s fresco in Viterbo’s oldest church, S.Maria Nuova. Instead of depending exclusively on


April 22 2014 / Places

Caprarola’s Eccentric Beauties

Caprarola, Lazio

Perched on a hillside with views extending to Rome 50 kilometres away, the magnificent Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola was the


April 8 2014 / Art & Archaeology

More hill than town…

Vulci, Lazio

Patterns. The human brain does an pretty decent job at picking them out after seeing them just a few of


April 1 2014 / Local Interest

Living Heritage – Colosseum Condos

Rome, Italy

While the “Living Heritage” school of archaeology is a recent development within academia, the idea itself is nothing new. The


March 27 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Caesar’s Julian Calendar

Rome, Italy

Interested in taking a few walks through Rome, from either the comfort of your armchair or in person next time


March 21 2014 / Art & Archaeology

The Smell of Ancient Roman Libraries?

Rome, Italy

For me, one of life’s greatest pleasures is walking into an old library and sniffing. I adore the old book


March 5 2014 / Events

Mestieri d’Arte e di Gusto

Rome, Italy

The good folks over at Botteghiamo are at it again! (We wrote a note on them about a year ago


March 3 2014 / Local Interest

Public Offices

Rome, Italy

It seems that the Ancient Romans were largely responsible for the development of political bureaucracy. Commendable innovation to be sure,


February 19 2014 / Local Interest

Il Capitano ar Centro

Rome, Italy

AS Roma – Rome’s famed red and yellow soccer team – is having a great year. A French coach (Rudy


February 17 2014 / Food & Wine

Rita’s Radicchio Risotto Recipe

Rome, Italy

We are proud to present an… Extra Content Note! ..the first in a series, to sincerely say “Thank You!” to


February 12 2014 / Events

Cookie Factory

Rome, Lazio

Carnevale is a few weeks away and so the Innocenti’s family biscottificio (literally “cookie making enterprise”!) is already at full


February 4 2014 / Local Interest

Fish Day Cacophony

Rome, Lazio

Tuesdays and Fridays are fish days at the neighborhood markets in the piazze of Italy. No, you can’t buy fish


January 20 2014 / Places

Er Core de Roma: Pigneto

Rome, Lazio

Paintings of Pigneto by Kelly Medford. Just as the ancient ruins of Rome paint a picture of what life was


January 9 2014 / Events

Bagnaia’s Bonfire of Saint Anthony

Bagniaia, Lazio

The flames leap higher than the village rooftops heating up the piazza and the crowds who come from nearby towns:


December 18 2013 / Local Interest

Ice Skating in Rome?

Rome, Lazio

While snow is an extremely rare occurrence in Rome, it is guaranteed to get pretty nippy outside during winter, especially


November 20 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Terracina Across the Millennia

Terracina, Lazio

In the small simple village of Terracina, nestled into the hillside along the Appian Way, that ancient Roman Road running