July 14 2016 / Places

The Well of Santa Maria in Via

Rome, Lazio

427 churches in Rome and close to 2,000 years of Christianity means no end to the number of miraculous events


July 7 2016 / Art & Archaeology

A Madonna Unveiled

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June 2 2016 / Events

THE Parade

Rome, italy

Today is a holiday in Italy, the Festa della Repubblica in celebration of the referendum which took place on June


May 18 2016 / Art & Archaeology

More ruins… again!

Rome, Lazio

Rome’s new subway line la Metro C (which is still under construction), has now officially become “The Most Expensive Subway


May 6 2016 / Food & Wine

A “Saintly” Gelato

Bolsena, Lazio

Patron saint and early Christian martyr, Santa Cristina reigns in Bolsena – and in unexpected ways. You’ll want to wander


May 2 2016 / Events

Running Red

Rome, Lazio

On Friday, April 29th, the association Aiuto alla Chiesa che Soffre (Assist the Suffering Church) held a unique event at


April 22 2016 / Food & Wine

A Feast Worthy of Purgatorio

Lake Bolsena, Lazio

About seven kilometers from Gradoli, picturesque Latium hilltown on Lake Bolsena’s western shore, pull in at the 15th-century lavic stone


April 21 2016 / Art & Archaeology

Birthday gift

Rome, Lazio

On April 21st every year, Rome celebrates its birthday, il Natale di Roma. (lit. the Nativity of Rome; legend holds


April 12 2016 / Art & Archaeology

S. M. Antiqua Un- and Re- Covered

Rome, Lazio

There is a new/old stop on your next Forum visit. How new? About two weeks since it has opened to


March 31 2016 / Art & Archaeology

Divine Geometry

Rome, Lazio

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March 21 2016 / Events

Bigne’-lite

Rome, Lazio

It is quite possible that bigne’ di San Giuseppe displaced other food groups this weekend as the winner for caloric


March 15 2016 / Events

The Ides of March

Rome, Lazio

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February 26 2016 / Local Interest

Il Cortile

Rome, Lazio

A portone (lit. big door) is the main door of a building onto a street, and in Italy they tend


February 18 2016 / Art & Archaeology

The Devil is in the Details

Rome, Italy

Walking along Via della Lungara, the old road on the Trastevere-side of the river that leads to the Vatican, you’ll


February 3 2016 / Art & Archaeology

Sistine Chapel – New Life and New Light

Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

I recently had the pleasure of attending an event at the Vatican during which the latest “upgrades” to the Sistine


January 16 2016 / Art & Archaeology

New Light and New Life for the Sistine Chapel

Citta' del Vaticano, Stato del Vaticano

The Sistine Chapel is at once the main attraction for all visitors to Italy, a consecrated space, and the setting


August 11 2015 / Food & Wine

Tips from the “Virgil” of Sperlonga

Sperlonga, Lazio

(…cont’d from here.) …and Rocco, my “Sperlonga Virgil,” was right about Il Bistrot (and not only). After my first dinner


July 27 2015 / Places

Finding “a Virgil” in Sperlonga

Sperlonga, Lazio

“No time to leave fruit in your apartment, Anna, but try these,” dark-haired Rocco urged, as he plucked juicy midnight


July 15 2015 / Local Interest

Ciao Remigio!

Rome, Lazio

It’s been almost five years since Piazza Barberini has been “empty,” yet many will remember seeing a curious figure there


June 29 2015 / Food & Wine

Summer Cremolate

Rome, Lazio

With summer finally here, Signor Umberto’s organic fruit garden is in full swing, and therefore so is his production of


May 27 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Maraini’s FisherPutti Fish Again

Rome, Lazio

Dear friends, Roberto (of the Caligula statue restoration note) has done it again! So happy to have him contributing… Grazie


May 1 2015 / Events

Primo Maggio

Rome, Italy

In Italy il Primo Maggio (May First, aka May day) means many different things depending on whom you’re asking. To


April 28 2015 / Food & Wine

La Dea della Porchetta

Pie' di Moggio, Rieti, Lazio

There’s Ceres, goddess of grains, Minerva, goddess of wisdom and Flora, goddess of flowers, springtime and fertility. Demeter watches over