September in Rome – 2017

In 2017, Rome, and all of Italy, suffered the worst drought in 60 years. Rainfall was close to 80% below normal. The water flow to Rome has been continuous, without …

The Walls and Gates of Rome

The Walls of Rome The Servian Walls If you’re arriving to Rome’s 1930’s Termini Train Station, look to the right as you walk out the front of the station into …

Byzantine treasures of Rome

    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 …

Take the A train to Cinecittà

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 …

Attack on Rome!

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 …

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Satire, Graffiti and Talking Statues

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 …

Legends of the Trevi Fountain

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, …