AArrrghh… it’s just maddening! In 2008 archaeologists discover the 2nd century tomb of a wealthy senator, distinguished consul, and highly
Here’s a twist that we hadn’t yet seen. A veritable mash-up, to borrow a contemporary word. Except instead of combining
Bootleg items sold street side in Rome are ubiquitous. It’s unlikely that you’ll cross a bridge without being pitched the
On Ponte Fabricio, the oldest bridge in Rome, sit the two best known hermai of Janus. (A 3rd was repurposed
Here it is… in all its traditional quirkiness and (somewhat unsettling) peculiarity. Pulcinella, known elsewhere as Punch, is one of
When economics changed in the late 70′s in Italy and fewer people were able to leave the city for the
Some of motion picture’s most famous sets were built here. It’s where Richard Burton played Anthony to Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra.
Upon purchasing aqueduct water rights from the Pope in Rome, the rule was that new right’s owner had to build
You realize you had never really thought about it. If you had, you might have hypothesized that they had some
Like so many other early Christian churches, Santo Stefano Rotondo was built on the land of a patrician family whose
It’s spring time, so fave (fava or broad beans) are now in season and pecorino romano (lit. Roman sheep’s cheese)
Two workers were fussing about and unloading something from the back of their parked moving truck as I walked past.
Yes, ’tis the season for artichokes. The market abounds with them, everyone is eating them, and if you want to
Although there are not many chair makers left on and around Via dei Sediari which is just behind the senate
Rome is a land of hills, cobbled stones, and uneven pavements which can wreak havoc on your feet. One of
Occasionally something happens to you in Italy and you begin to think that Fellini was not a great surrealist film-maker,
Class-A Amatriciana, the favorite Roman tomato and pork pasta, is rare. (Exhaustive research since the early ’80s has uncovered very
While certainly not pervasive throughout Italy, in some of the larger cities less encumbered by shall we say strong moral
An amazing moment in the holiday season occurs today in Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri , every year.
Piazza Navona has forever been the square that transforms itself as of early December into one of the holiday season
Vasari, our 16th century proto-Art Historian, writes that Pinturicchio: “…painted, above the door to the private rooms, Ms.Giulia Farnese in