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  • I Am Livia
    Roman goddess: Book review of ‘I Am Livia’ by Phyllis T. Smith
    I am guessing that the title I Am Livia is a nod to Robert Graves’ classic novels I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Which if, by the way, you have never read then off to the library you go because both are excellent reads and though the...
  • The Mouth of Truth
    See the sculpture that bites off hands
    The Mouth of Truth (La Bocca della Veritá) is a legendary marble sculpture in Rome, Italy. You can find it at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The Mouth of Truth was to be used as a lie detector. In Roman times, it was believed that if you...
  • Romancing the wine atop Rome's Spanish Steps at the Hotel Hassler
    Romancing the wine atop Rome’s Spanish Steps at the Hotel Hassler
    Anyone who has even bedded down in Rome’s romantic Hotel Hassler Roma knows it’s just about as good as it gets. Oozing with romance and style, the 96-room property, located atop the famous Spanish Steps, just got dreamier with the...
  • The Knee Prints of Saint Peter
    The knee prints of Saint Peter
    According to the legend, in order to prove to the people of Rome that he was more powerful than the Apostle Peter, the magician Simon Magus levitated himself from the Via Sacra and flew over the Roman Forum.Peter fell to his knees in prayer to...
  • Antipatros Sidonios: Tales of the world's first travel guide
    Antipatros Sidonios: Tales of the world's first travel guide
    Chances are you’ve never heard of a guy named Antipatros Sidonios. The English version of his name -- Antipater of Sidon -- probably doesn’t ring a bell, either. And it likely doesn’t help to know Antipatros was a 2nd century B.C...
  • Return to Exile by Lynne Gentry
    Book Examines Courageous Love and Faith Strong Enough to Span the Centuries
    Set against the backdrop of the birth of the Christian faith, fear and loss are pitted against the strength of a fledgling faith in Return to Exile (Howard Books/ January 6, 2015/ISBN: 978-1476746364/$14.99) by Lynne Gentry. Readers who were left...
  • Cinecittà Studio Tour
    Take the A train to Cinecittà
    It’s been 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 and it’s less than 30 minutes) from the...
  • Angelina Jolie, Pope Francis meet after 'Unbroken' Vatican screening
    Angelina Jolie, Pope Francis meet after 'Unbroken' Vatican screening
    Angelina Jolie and Pope Francis had a chance to meet in Rome on Jan. 8.According to Us magazine via Niaja Spice on Thursday, Brad Pitt's legendary wife co-hosted a screening of "Unbroken" at the Vatican. Afterward, she had the golden...
  • Pope Francis declines meeting with Dalai Lama
    Pope Francis declines meeting with Dalai Lama
    Pope Francis reportedly declined a meeting with the Dalai Lama on Thursday. The Tibetan spiritual leader is in Rome for the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which originally was to be held in South Africa, but was recently relocated to...
  • Roman pizza is a treat for everyone
    Eating in Rome is easy if you know a few simple rules
    In May 2013, four British tourists paid 54€ for 4 large wafer cones of gelato at the Gelateria Antica Roma near the Spanish Steps.The story became internet gossip. In order to cleanse their palate, the then Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno,...
  • The Aqua Claudia in the parco degli Aquedotti of Rome
    The Park of the Aqueducts
    Parco degli Aquedotti sits along the Via Latina, a 4th century BC military road that once connected Rome to Campania. These ancient arches have become one of Rome’s most wonderful outdoor museums.The big attraction is the 1st century Aqua...
  • Porta San Sebastiano
    Porta San Sebastiano - The Gateway to the Appian Way
    The Porta San Sebastiano is not only one of the best preserved of the 18 gates of 3rd century Aurelian Wall around Rome, it’s also the only gate that allows you inside, up to the towers and a walk along the ramparts.This amazing place is...
  • Colosseum
    Go. Have fun traveling with a light footprint.
    Do you love to travel? Do you want to learn practical ways to lighten your footprint on land, in the ocean and in the air? Check out these tips and resources to use when planning your vacation.If you are taking a road trip and have a gas guzzler,...
  • Finding luxury in Rome - 5 tips for the ultimate VIP trip
    Finding luxury in Rome - 5 tips for the ultimate VIP trip
    The Eternal City, as Rome is known, is one of the world's most popular travel destinations. Skip the lines and avoid the crowds with these five tips to create the ultimate VIP experience.Where to stayThe Hotel Eden, sitting in a green oasis a...
  • Pope Francis Raffles Gifts to Raise Money for Poor
    The benevolent Pope that continues to give: Pope Francis raffles gifts for poor
    Pope Francis continues to lead by example, rather than merely preach the ideologies of Jesus, which is why the Holy Father is revered worldwide. Following the announcement Pope Francis has commissioned showers to be built for the homeless near St....