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


July 24 2008 / Food & Wine

Vegetariano anyone?

Italy

With the availability of fresh vegetables in all seasons of the year, you would think that there would be a


July 21 2008 / Local Interest

The Etruscan Necropolis

Norchia

This is one of the most spectacular of rocky Etruscan necropoli in the whole of Etruria. The originally Bronze age


July 15 2008 / Events

Tuscia in Jazz

Soriano nel Cimino

It’s summertime, and in Italia . . . that means Jazz Concerts! Last year we found a little gem –


July 7 2008 / Local Interest

Cloister of Sant’Onofrio

Rome

At the top of a small stairs climbing the Gianicolo Hill is a lovely off the beaten path sanctuary-now-church. The


June 23 2008 / Local Interest

San Cosimato, Uncovered

Rome

The 10th century entrance to the cloister of San Cosimato is one of those great examples of the “burying” of


June 18 2008 / Local Interest

Oratorio del Gonfalone

Rome

The Oratorio del Gonfalone is a rarely visited, off the beaten path secret of Rome. Literally the “Oratory of the


June 16 2008 / Local Interest

The Miracle Players

Rome

Of course you’ve seen the Forum, but have you seen the sun set over the ruins while a toga clad


June 9 2008 / Events

The Infiorata

Genzano di Roma

Flowers are surely one of nature’s most beautiful creations. Equally as beautiful is what the people of Genzano can create


June 5 2008 / Food & Wine

Roman Breakfast, Type II

Rome

As sacrilegious as it may sound, there actually is a lesser known but equally satisfying alternative to the traditional cappuccino


June 3 2008 / Local Interest

Bougainvillea Season

Rome, Lazio

While certainly not a native Mediterranean plant, the bougainvillea does incredibly well in Italian soil. Given its ubiquity around here


May 21 2008 / Local Interest

The Rose Garden

Rome

Just a pretty, silly rose garden, right? In Rome, think again… Tacitus mentions that in the 3rd century b.c., even


May 20 2008 / Food & Wine

Pasta ai Fiori . . with Flowers

Rome

My girlfriends have come through for me once again. Paid a high price though . . . they cackled at


May 12 2008 / Events

Barabbata, An Ancient Festival

Marta, Lago Bolsena

Each May 14th outside Marta, a lovely fishing village on Lake Bolsena, a fertility celebration called Barabbata, or the Madonna


May 9 2008 / Local Interest

The Other Rome

Rome

While Rome is certainly not a city that one ever tires of admiring, after a while a sense of familiarity


May 2 2008 / Events

Wedding of the Trees

Vetralla

On May 8th each year since 1432 the town of Vetralla, 68 kms north of Rome along the Via Cassia,


April 28 2008 / Events

A New Tradition?

Rome

While hardly risking life and limb, your humble editor did reach the front and place himself in the line-of-fire like


April 24 2008 / Art & Archaeology

Aesculapius and the Tiber Island

Rome

In The Early History of Rome Livy writes . . . When Rome was harassed by pestilence, (about 300 BC)


April 22 2008 / Local Interest

Peony Garden near Viterbo

Viterbo

If you happen to be anywhere near the lovely Viterbo area (about 50 miles north of Rome) during the months


April 21 2008 / Local Interest

Ponte Milvio

Rome

The first reference to Ponte Milvio (Milvius’ Bridge) dates back to 200 B.C., when it was still made of wood.


April 11 2008 / Art & Archaeology

The Domus Ceciliae

Rome

Given the intimate feel of the place, Domus Ceciliae would best be translated as “Ceci’s house”. One of those custom


April 4 2008 / Local Interest

A Very Roman Resting Place

Rome

When the sun, heat, and crowds of the usual sights become overwhelming, there is a little known place in Rome