December 1 2011 / Places

Bike Tour… to Civitavecchia

Civitavecchia, Lazio

(…cont’d from here) About mid-way, there is an abandoned water tower, empty of water but full of trash. The skeleton


November 28 2011 / Places

Bike Tour from Capranica to…

Capranica, Lazio

The 52-km bike tour starts at Capranica in the hills and ends at Civitavecchia on the coast. The majority of


November 9 2011 / Art & Archaeology

Palazzo Farnese

Rome, Lazio

Everyone knows the High Renaissance Palazzo Farnese in Rome. Many try to go visit and some succeed, though it is


September 29 2011 / Art & Archaeology

No Contest

Rome

It’s almost hard not to feel bad for Giuseppe Obici (a good technical sculptor by all means, but no master.)


July 29 2011 / Places

Ventotene, Island of Exile

Ventotene, Lazio

Augustus Caesar banished his libertine daughter Giulia to Ventotene, tiny Mediterranean island just south of Rome. The exiled Giulia perhaps


June 20 2011 / Places

Under Circe’s Spell

Parco Nazionale del Circeo, Lazio

In Homer’s Odyssey, Ulysses sailed along the Italian coast from Sicily, where he encountered the Cyclops and the Sirens, up


June 8 2011 / Places

Full bloom

Rome, Lazio

Rome is famous for its monuments and links to antiquity, however there are natural marvels as well. A visit to


March 3 2011 / Food & Wine

Puntarelle

Rome, Lazio

The end of the puntarelle (literally “little tips”) season approaches, and a sad day that is. From November through February


February 1 2011 / Art & Archaeology

The Calling of Matthew

Rome, Italy

In the historic center of Rome you’re within blocks of it almost at all times, so sometimes it’s hard not


September 21 2010 / Art & Archaeology

Just a Door..

Tuscania, Lazio

Put aside for a moment the setting just outside of medieval Tuscania as well as its beautiful tufo walls (tuff,


September 17 2010 / Places

Area Sacra

Rome, Italy

In Rome’s Piazza Argentina you are across from an ancient ruin, the Area Sacra (literally, Sacred Area). Rome’s feral cats


September 15 2010 / Events

Confraternities and Their Garb

La Quercia, Lazio

Italian Confraternities originate as far back as the tenth century, formed as religious brotherhoods coming together to pursue charitable work.


July 27 2010 / Art & Archaeology

Nemi Ships

Nemi, Lazio

The town of Nemi sits on the northern rim of an ancient lake filled crater, affording a beautiful view of


July 2 2010 / Events

Lavender Festival

Tuscania, Lazio

No need to go to Provence to enjoy the perfume and colors of these lovely purple flowers. Just drive up


June 18 2010 / Uncategorized

The Invisible Visitors

Rome, Lazio

Every summer tourists descend upon Rome without fail, but perhaps the true sign of summer is the arrival of another


June 17 2010 / Food & Wine

S.a.i.d. dal 1923

Roma, Lazio

The current abundance of sugar-laden chocolate bars (and bunnies) belies the fact that chocolate was once a luxury item, produced


March 11 2010 / Art & Archaeology

From Palace to Palace (part I)

Rome, Lazio

In the heart of the historical center near piazza Venezia, two luxurious palaces await your visit. One is Galleria Colonna


December 23 2009 / Local Interest

Zampognari

Rome, Italy

Every year, like clockwork, the Zampognari come down from the hills to Rome and other big cities along the coasts.


September 28 2009 / Places

Farfa Abbey

Fara in Sabina, Lazio

The Abbazia di Farfa was one of the most powerful Benedictine monasteries of medieval Europe and played a major role


September 22 2009 / Art & Archaeology

Grotto of Tiberius

Sperlonga, Lazio

In 1957, an Italian engineer and amateur archaeologist named Erno Bellante was working on a road in the resort town


August 3 2009 / Art & Archaeology

Fountain Restoration

Rome

A monumental fountain, and possibly one of the most iconic and visited ones at that, under restoration work for 24


July 31 2009 / Art & Archaeology

Rome’s Catacombs in 3D

Rome, Lazio

Previously the vast scale of Rome’s catacombs – some 170km – had only been recorded with handmade maps. Now, a


July 21 2009 / Events

The English Theatre of Rome

Rome, Lazio

Since 1996, The English Theatre of Rome has been an important hub for Italian and non-Italian directors, playwrights, and actors


July 20 2009 / Events

Porta Portese

Rome

Porta Portese, one of the largest flea markets in Rome, is a unique cultural experience for any visitor or native.