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Herculaneum (Ercolano) | Herculaneum

Herculaneum (Ercolano in Italian) is an archaeological site on the Italian coast a bit south of Rome.  The town, inhabited since the 6th century BCE, was destroyed in 79 CE, by the same eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii.  Herculaneum… Continue Reading →

Domus Aurea | Domus Aurea visit

Domus Aurea The Domus Aurea – The Golden House –  now sits beneath ground level just above the Coliseum on the Via Celio Vibenna side. It was buried after the death of the Emperor who had it built, the infamous… Continue Reading →

Photos from the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican Museum, and a bit about the Vatican | Sistine Chapel visit

Some background Small (as in Vatican City) can be beautiful and that the Vaticano is.  The Vatican Museums house some $15 billion in art, although some of it is way beyond a monetary evaluation.  The popes who built the art… Continue Reading →

Rome at night

These are from the top of Vittorio Emanuele monument in the heart of ancient Rome.  The monument is from the late 1800’s, commemorating the unification of Italy, but it is in the heart of things, with the Roman forums to… Continue Reading →

St Agnes at the Track – Piazza Navona, with pen and ink drawings of Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi | Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi drawings

Chiesa Sant’Agnese is a small domed church designed by Boromini, a contemporary of Bernini and a rival who never made it to his competitor’s stature.  In my book he had nothing to be ashamed of, he just had a competitor… Continue Reading →

A Summer of Music in Rome’s Fabulous Venues

Every summer the Italian government sponsors outdoor music events as part of a broader cultural initiative. The Polo Museale del Lazio (Museum Center of Lazio) put together one hundred activities for this summer’s entertainment.  See http://art-city.it To date we have attended… Continue Reading →

Rome Struggles, Rome Beckons | Rome’s modern struggles

Rome Struggles, Rome Beckons We landed in Rome’s Ciampino airport.  We are barely on the ground and already Rome’s disarray hit us.   The last time we landed here there was only one bus to Termini, Rome’s central transit point.  We presumed… Continue Reading →

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