April 1 2009 / Uncategorized

Dome Refurbished

Rome

While it might be unfortunate for the visitors who will be coming to see it over the next few months,


January 28 2009 / Art & Archaeology

Theodo – Female Bishop?!

Rome

Was the Catholic Church always a male-only bastion? Santa Prassede in Rome contains a mosaic of a 9th century episcopa


January 14 2009 / Art & Archaeology

Fountain of the Naiads

Rome

Most squares in Rome are pedestrian, so you have a lot of time to linger and relax. Piazza della Repubblica


December 12 2008 / Local Interest

Flow River, Flow…

Rome

Last Friday we ran a piece on the Tevere, Rome’s river, showing it in its everyday normal state…. unobtrusively burbling


December 5 2008 / Places

The Tevere Runs Through It

Rome

With so much else to see in Rome, the Tevere, the city’s poor and neglected river, rarely gets much attention.


November 17 2008 / Local Interest

Mimes: Silent Voices in Piazza

Rome

Yes, it’s true that the magnificent fountains, beautiful architecture and beckoning cafés are what draw visitors to Piazza Navona. However,


October 30 2008 / Local Interest

Just Bits of Stone, is all …

Rome

… until you enter “their” space. Stop for a second, block out the noise of the city, forget the crowds


October 20 2008 / Art & Archaeology

Villa Torlonia’s Gardens

Rome

Perhaps no one wanted to have anything to do with it given its final tenant (Mussolini called it home in


October 16 2008 / Events

Cappuccino Morning

Rome

Any opportunity to have un caffé o un cappuccino and a cornetto (ahem .. more than one actually, in your


October 14 2008 / Places

Through the Keyhole

Rome

Trust Lisa to (lawfully) get you in to strictly “no public allowed” off-limits places. You’ve been to the Aventine hill,


October 7 2008 / Local Interest

Aqueducts Revisited

Rome

While sitting around the pool of their Roman villa, Fulvio turns to his wife Quintilla and asks, “Now that I


October 3 2008 / Local Interest

Pesky Studenti . . .

Rome

Aren’t teenagers supposed to only care about the latest pop-stars and looking cool? Sure enough kids in Italy are no


October 1 2008 / Art & Archaeology

Pantheon and Giving Thanks

Rome

No way to tell for sure … figures run from 250 churches within the walls, to about 900 churches throughout


September 25 2008 / Art & Archaeology

For Rent: Palazzo Farnese

Rome

An agent’s commission from a long term lease in Italy is a month’s rent from both the owner and the


September 22 2008 / Events

The Papal Audience

Rome

“Yup, sorry guys, I don’t think I’ll make the meeting on time. I just saw the Pope duck into a


September 15 2008 / Art & Archaeology

Ponte Sant’Angelo; A Host of Angels

Rome

A host of angels on earth? Head over to Ponte Sant’Angelo, the bridge that pilgrims took to visit St.Peter’s basilica


September 10 2008 / Local Interest

San Pietro at Dusk

Rome

While walking along the nave to take in the length, width and heights of the building designed by Michelangelo (and


September 3 2008 / Local Interest

Bari, Not The North Pole

Rome

Bari is the second largest sea port in Italy, and the ancient inner city is truly lovey! Few know however


September 2 2008 / Food & Wine

The Secret Life of Olive Trees

Rome

A lot has been said about olives and most of it has to do with extra virginity. So imagine my


September 1 2008 / Art & Archaeology

The Trevi Fountain: Poli’s Riento

Rome

Il rientro (literally, re-entry) is the Italian mass counter-exodus back to the cities after the August summer break. So you


August 14 2008 / Events

The Miracle of the Snow

Rome

Snow in Rome? Never! …well, maybe never. According to legend, back in the year 352 A.D. a man named Giovanni


July 31 2008 / Art & Archaeology

Master of his Domain

Rome

Gian Lorenzo Bernini was the Brad Pitt of his age. A handsome sculptor, painter, architect and playwright (with at least