Secrets of the Castel Sant’Angelo

Secrets of the Castel Sant’Angelo

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Italy, Rome | No Comments

At age 59, the Emperor Hadrian returned to Rome and began work on his legacy. He spent most of his life traveling to the extents of the Empire, through Africa, Asia, Egypt, Greece, Judea, Britain and northern Europe. He mostly shunned life in Rome, preferring to learn about the cultures of the world instead of […]

The Coliseum – Fact and Fiction

The Coliseum – Fact and Fiction

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Italy, Rome | No Comments

We rent an apartment that (literally) overlooks the Coliseum, the ancient Flavian Amphitheater that first opened in 80 AD. We sit on the terrace every evening and watch ‘closing time’ in the Piazza del Colosseo. A voice comes over the public address system and informs the tourists, the great Amphitheatre is about to close. The […]

Byzantine treasures of Rome

Byzantine treasures of Rome

Posted by on Mar 21, 2015 in Italy, Rome | No Comments

A short history of Byzantium In 660 BC, Byzantion was an ancient Greek city named for Byzas, one of the many children of Poseidon, there were more than 60 of them. Byzas was instructed by the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi to settle the land where the Golden Horn meets the Bosporus, and so he […]

The curious tale of the Laocoön and his sons

The curious tale of the Laocoön and his sons

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Italy, Rome | No Comments

On January 14, 1506, a farmer named Felice da Fredis was digging up his vineyards in the Esquiline Hill and discovered a concealed chamber. Inside was one of the most fabled statues of all time. In the 1st century AD, Pliny the Elder claimed it was the most amazing statue ever seen in ancient Rome, […]

The Life and Death of Via dei Fori Imperiali: 1932-2015

The Life and Death of Via dei Fori Imperiali: 1932-2015

Posted by on Feb 17, 2015 in Italy, Rome | No Comments

On October 28th, 1932, Benito Mussolini sat atop his horse, looked out over his newly built ‘Via dell’Impero’ (Road of the Empire) and smiled. He was about to lead the 1st parade down the grand avenue. These were good times for ‘Il Duce.’ The 4 lane boulevard was a crowning achievement of Mussolini’s new ‘Third […]

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 […]

Eating well in Italy (the more you know, the less you pay)

Eating well in Italy (the more you know, the less you pay)

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Italy, News | No Comments

For a foodie or gourmet or buongustaio, Italy offers a number of 3 star Michelin Restaurants. You could spend €220/per person for the 9 course tasting menu at ‘La Pergola’ in Rome, or €250 for the 9 course tasting menu at ‘Enoteca Pinchiorri’ in Florence or €195/person for the Sensations menu at the Osteria Francescana […]

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 […]

2014 – Venice and the treasures of the 4th Crusade

2014 – Venice and the treasures of the 4th Crusade

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Italy, Veneto, Venice | No Comments

From the 11th-16th centuries, Venice was the Master of the Sea, the Merchant to World and the greatest Naval power in Europe. She was known as ‘La Serenissima’, ‘Il Stato da Mar’ and ‘La Dominante’. The Republic of Venice was so obsessed with it’s maritime livelihood that every Ascension Day, the Doge would sail to […]