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 18 2013 / Local Interest

Rome is “more”

Rome, Lazio

Rome is “more”, spelt funny. Sometimes you have to look for it. A less obvious, more recent past remains to


November 15 2013 / Events

Food through the Ages

Rome, Lazio

The postcards are from the Victorian era (called the stile Umbertino in Italian, after the King at the time) as


July 30 2013 / Local Interest

Breakfast at the Forum?

Rome, Lazio

Why “at the Forum”? Well, first because they have pesky rules against eating “in the forum”; there is no bar


July 16 2013 / Local Interest

Accademia di Santa Cecilia

Rome

It’s easy to only think of paintings and sculpture when taking in art in Rome. But how about music? Overwhelmed


June 20 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Santa Cecilia

Rome, Lazio

The story goes that Santa Cecilia (the c‘s pronounced like “ch” in children) was a 2nd century young Roman Christian


June 18 2013 / Places

Hoops, Cardinal?

Rome, Lazio

You approach the grand Palazzo della Cancelleria (the Papal Chancellery). Built for Cardinal Riario, the nephew of Pope Sistus IV


June 4 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Served by the Servian Wall?

Rome, Lazio

The Servian Walls of Rome, so called after the 6th century BC king Servius Tullius (even though they’re really from


June 3 2013 / Places

Cherry blossoms in Rome..

Rome, Lazio

In the middle of Rome?! Yet there it is… and the moment you cross the threshold of Via Antonio Gramsci


May 8 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Miracle at San Bartolomeo

Rome, Lazio

If two of the three miracles required to become Saint must be done while alive, it follows that many of


April 29 2013 / Places

The Most Capital Terrace Cafe’

Rome, Lazio

You know it’s right there. Just an extra 5 minute walk and you’re clear of the chaos and traffic of


April 23 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Il Fontanone, aka Big Fountain

Rome, Lazio

What few know is that il fontanone up on the Gianicolo hill overlooking Rome is essentially a triumphal arch modeled


April 22 2013 / Local Interest

Rome wasn’t built in a Day

Italy

The great masters of the Renaissance — da Vinci, Michelangelo, et al. — if asked by the House of Medici,


March 27 2013 / Local Interest

An unusual point of view..

Rome, Lazio

The duomo in Florence is pretty much visible from anywhere along the edge of town. Even in town, if the


March 19 2013 / Events

Bigne di San Giuseppe

Rome, Italy

Yet another sign that spring will soon be here! Although this sign is neither a change in temperature nor return


March 13 2013 / Local Interest

Sede Vacante

Rome, Italy

Many wonder what it’s like in Rome while the sede (chair) is vacante (vacant, empty). It’s logical to think that


March 1 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Gladiator Tomb Chat

Rome, Italy

ItalianNotebook friend Darius Arya, Ph.D, (director at the American Institute for Roman Culture) talks to us about the Gladiator Tomb


February 12 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Hang out your shingle in Ostia Antica

Ostia Antica, Lazio

For most of the time while visiting Ancient Rome’s port town, you’re looking out and up, all around you at


February 8 2013 / Food & Wine

Rita’s Carbonara

Rome, Lazio

Pasta, bacon, and eggs. Simple as that. Sum of its parts, right? Or take another work of art, a Caravaggio


January 18 2013 / Art & Archaeology

St. Matthew Writing the Gospel… twice

Rome, Lazio

Rapscallion, reprobate, knave, thug, murderer… all words well-suited to describe one of the most talented artists of the Roman Baroque


January 11 2013 / Local Interest

Bold as brass

Rome, Lazio

Sometimes light does a funny little jig in Rome. Certain types of light, or maybe better to say certain ways


January 9 2013 / Events

Diving Into the New Year

Rome, Italy

“Polar bears do it, penguins do it, even crazy Roman residents do it…” It was 1946 when Rick De Sonay,