December 18 2012 / Art & Archaeology

The Gladiator Tomb

Rome, Lazio

AArrrghh… it’s just maddening! In 2008 archaeologists discover the 2nd century tomb of a wealthy senator, distinguished consul, and highly


December 17 2012 / Food & Wine

Have your Presepio…

Rome, Lazio

Here’s a twist that we hadn’t yet seen. A veritable mash-up, to borrow a contemporary word. Except instead of combining


November 7 2012 / Local Interest

Street Vendors

Rome, Lazio

Bootleg items sold street side in Rome are ubiquitous. It’s unlikely that you’ll cross a bridge without being pitched the


October 16 2012 / Art & Archaeology

Janus at Ponte Fabricio

Rome, Lazio

On Ponte Fabricio, the oldest bridge in Rome, sit the two best known hermai of Janus. (A 3rd was repurposed


October 9 2012 / Local Interest

Pulcinella

Rome, Lazio

Here it is… in all its traditional quirkiness and (somewhat unsettling) peculiarity. Pulcinella, known elsewhere as Punch, is one of


September 12 2012 / Events

Estate Romana

Rome, Italy

When economics changed in the late 70′s in Italy and fewer people were able to leave the city for the


July 26 2012 / Local Interest

Cinecittá changes?

Rome, Italy

Some of motion picture’s most famous sets were built here. It’s where Richard Burton played Anthony to Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra.


July 20 2012 / Art & Archaeology

L’eccezione fa la regola

Rome, Lazio

Upon purchasing aqueduct water rights from the Pope in Rome, the rule was that new right’s owner had to build


July 6 2012 / Art & Archaeology

Head down…

Rome, Italy

Tough to keep your head down in Santa Prassede, when there’s so much up to see. …up for the amazing


June 11 2012 / Local Interest

Religious Supplies

Rome, Lazio

You realize you had never really thought about it. If you had, you might have hypothesized that they had some


May 30 2012 / Places

Santo Stefano Rotondo

Rome, Italy

Like so many other early Christian churches, Santo Stefano Rotondo was built on the land of a patrician family whose


May 25 2012 / Food & Wine

Fave e Pecorino

Rome, Lazio

It’s spring time, so fave (fava or broad beans) are now in season and pecorino romano (lit. Roman sheep’s cheese)


May 22 2012 / Places

Quite a perch…

Rome, Italy

Many of you are familiar with the Chiostro del Bramante as a nice and quiet place to take a short


May 17 2012 / Local Interest

Only in Rome…

Rome, Italy

Two workers were fussing about and unloading something from the back of their parked moving truck as I walked past.


May 2 2012 / Food & Wine

Carciofi, Artichokes

Rome, Lazio

Yes, ’tis the season for artichokes. The market abounds with them, everyone is eating them, and if you want to


March 27 2012 / Art & Archaeology

Quota Hora Est?

Rome, Italy

One of the better ways to get the answer to the above question 2000 years ago in Rome would have


March 8 2012 / Places

Roaming in Rome

Rome, Italy

Rome is a land of hills, cobbled stones, and uneven pavements which can wreak havoc on your feet. One of


March 2 2012 / Local Interest

Problema, Officer?

Rome, Lazio

Occasionally something happens to you in Italy and you begin to think that Fellini was not a great surrealist film-maker,


February 17 2012 / Food & Wine

Messing with Pasta Perfection

Rome, Lazio

Class-A Amatriciana, the favorite Roman tomato and pork pasta, is rare. (Exhaustive research since the early ’80s has uncovered very


January 20 2012 / Local Interest

City (Re)-Planning

Rome

While certainly not pervasive throughout Italy, in some of the larger cities less encumbered by shall we say strong moral


December 21 2011 / Events

Solstice, alla Romana

Rome, Lazio

An amazing moment in the holiday season occurs today in Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri , every year.


December 20 2011 / Events

Holiday Piazza Navona

Rome, Lazio

Piazza Navona has forever been the square that transforms itself as of early December into one of the holiday season


December 12 2011 / Art & Archaeology

Old Fragment Found

Rome, Lazio

Vasari, our 16th century proto-Art Historian, writes that Pinturicchio: “…painted, above the door to the private rooms, Ms.Giulia Farnese in