Take the A train to Cinecittà

Take the A train to Cinecittà

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Italy, Lazio-Rome, Rome | No Comments

It’s known as ‘Hollywood on the Tiber’, ‘The Dream Factory’ and the ‘House that Fellini built’. It’s one of the most famous movie studios in the world. It’s also less than 30 minutes from the center of Rome. Just hop on the Metro A line and get off at the Cinecittà stop. The train let’s you […]

Protect yourselves against Con Artists, Pickpockets and Thieves of Rome

Protect yourselves against Con Artists, Pickpockets and Thieves of Rome

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Italy, Lazio-Rome, Rome | No Comments

Rome gets over 30 million tourists a year. If you’re a thief, con man or pickpocket it’s a great place to ply your trade. Thieves are mostly looking for naïve, innocent tourists and there are a lot of them out there. You objective is to be aware of them and how they work. With a […]

Finding Pompey’s Theater in the Campo Marzio

Finding Pompey’s Theater in the Campo Marzio

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Italy, Lazio-Rome, Rome | No Comments

Walk along the Piazza di Grotta Pinta. It’s a small horseshoe curved street off the via dei Chiavari near the Campo dei Fiori, one of Rome’s great marketplaces. The curve of the Piazza might seem out of place in the midst of the linear streets and urban grid but it’s not out of place at […]

Saving the Mausoleum of Augustus

Saving the Mausoleum of Augustus

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Italy, Lazio-Rome, Rome | No Comments

December 2014 In 2014 the City of Rome celebrated the Bimillennial (2000th) anniversary of the death of the Emperor Augustus. He died on August (of course) 19th, 14 AD, after ruling over Rome for 41 years as the first Imperial Emperor. The side-by-side Houses of Augustus and his wife Livia (rarely accessible to the public) […]

Nero’s Golden Palace is Open (Again) – 2014

Nero’s Golden Palace is Open (Again) – 2014

Posted by on Nov 30, 2014 in Italy, Lazio-Rome, Rome | No Comments

The Domus Aurea is open. These are words rarely heard in the past 1,950 years. After the great fire of Rome in 64 AD, Emperor Nero rebuilt his Transitory Palace on the Palatine Hill and added the Pleasure Palace on the Oppian Hill we refer to as the ‘Domus Aurea’, the Golden House. The name […]

The Pantheon and Piazza della Rotondo

The Pantheon and Piazza della Rotondo

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Italy, Lazio-Rome, Rome | No Comments

Our home in San Francisco is close to Dolores Park, a beautiful sloping green hill with postcard views of the city skyline. The park is famous for San Francisco’s oldest building, the Mission Dolores (a couple blocks away), the trendy Mission District and the ‘Hunky Jesus’ contest staged in the Park every Easter Sunday. Looking […]

Attack on Rome!

Attack on Rome!

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Italy, Lazio-Rome, Rome | No Comments

Sturnus Vulgaris descended on the city and Romans flee by the thousands. Check out this You Tube video. No it’s not a nuclear Godzilla type monster trampling buildings or a zombie virus craving Italian brains. Its the European Starling (Sturnus Vulgaris), an 8” long black bird with white speckles, orange legs, strong feet and a […]

2013-Rome; A day in the life of a great city

2013-Rome; A day in the life of a great city

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in Italy, Lazio-Rome, Rome | No Comments

The 21st century Centurions of Rome are one of the silliest tourist annoyance but after so many years. They’ll wave their wooden swords at you, offer replica props for you to wear for a silly Roman photo. They’ll kiss your hands, bow or offer to slit your throats. They come to work in costume, getting […]

2013-Rome; Everything Old is New Again

2013-Rome; Everything Old is New Again

Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in Italy, Lazio-Rome, Rome | No Comments

We often think of Rome as our second home. We know it well, from the ancient city to the Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and post Unification of the late 19th century. We love Rome from prehistory to now history. In the past few years, we’ve made the Monti our home. It’s a bit quieter and […]

Great Caesar’s Ghost, Rome is Haunted

Great Caesar’s Ghost, Rome is Haunted

Posted by on Jul 22, 2013 in Italy, Lazio-Rome, Rome | No Comments

Haunted Rome I recently received an email from a reader who asked if I had ever taken a ghost haunting tour in Rome. The only ghost tour we’ve ever been on was the “Jack the Ripper Tour” in London led by Donald Rumbelow, a crime historian and one of the leading “Ripper” authorities. He is […]

Satire, Graffiti and Talking Statues

Satire, Graffiti and Talking Statues

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Italy, Rome | No Comments

Political satire is once again front and center in Italy. Beppe Grillo, a political comedian recently won 25% of the current Italian election for his 5 Star Movement. This is the same Beppe Grillo who once organized an annual V Day (vaffanculo or the Italian version of F**k you), as a day of political protest […]

Legends of the Trevi Fountain

Legends of the Trevi Fountain

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Italy, Rome | No Comments

When looking for origins, it’s sometimes good to start with the name. Since the 18th century, Trevi has been considered a corruption of  the “Tre Vie” or “Trivium” in Latin, the three streets creating the perimeter around the grand fountain. It does make sense. The Piazza del Trevi is created by the intersection of via […]