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  • Turning to Stone (Roma Series Book 4), by Gabriel Valjan
    Book review: Turning to Stone (Roma Series Book 4), by Gabriel Valjan
    International spy Alabaster Black returns in this the latest instalment in Valjan’s exciting mystery/suspense Roma series.This time Alabaster (aka Bianca Nerini) and her colleagues takes us to Naples, where tension is rapidly escalating...
  • Nuns stuck in an elevator for 3 days get through the time with prayers
    Nuns stuck in elevator 3 days: 2 nuns without food, water or toilet facilities
    Two nuns being stuck in an elevator might sound like the beginning of a bad joke, but this wasn't the case over the weekend in Rome. It just so happened that two nuns were stuck in an extremely hot elevator for three days without food, water...
  • Palazzo Colonna Hall of Mirrors
    Palazzo Colonna, one of the hidden treasures of Rome
    Palazzo Colonna has existed since the 14th century. In the 16th and 17th centuries it was renovated into one of the greatest Baroque Palaces of the world. Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the most accomplished artist of Rome’s Baroque period was...
  • Costa Diadema
    Costa Cruises' 'flash fares' offer deals for off-season Europe
    Like other travel products, cruises cost less during a destination's off-season or shoulder season, when fewer tourists take vacations. In Europe, the cruise deals begin in September and last through early December.Italian line Costa Cruises...
  • Lobby
    Room Report: Comfort Hotel Rome, Italy Fiumicino Airport
    Arrival Experience: Guests can find the free airport shuttle for the Comfort Hotel Fiumicino in the arrivals area of the terminal, which whisks guests to the hotel in downtown Fiumicino. This small city, for which the airport is named, is charming...
  • The legend of the seven sleepers of Ephesus
    The legend of the seven sleepers of Ephesus
    It’s 250 A.D., and the Roman emperor Trajan Decius has come up with a sure-fire way to get rid of those pesky Christians. He orders everyone in the empire – under pain of death – to make sacrifices to idols of the Roman gods,...
  • VIP seats for Rome's homeless and elderly at upcoming Vatican concert
    VIP seats for Rome's homeless and elderly at upcoming Vatican concert
    If you will be in Rome this month, you can attend a very special charity concert. It will be held on May 14 in the Vatican's Paul VI hall. Benefactors and volunteers will be in attendance, however they will not be seated in the front row. The...
  • Eating Rome is an Insider's Guide to Food in Rome
    Book review: 'Eating Rome Living the Good Life in the Eternal City'
    There may be no better food city on the planet than Rome, so I was excited to see what author, Elizabeth Minchilli had to say in her new book, Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City.Rome is a popular destination for travelers...
  • Pope Francis on Holy Thursday 2015
    Pope Francis washes the feet of inmates on Holy Thursday, includes women, others
    On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 male and female prisoners from Rebibbia prison and a women’s detention center in Rome. His action came out of his want to be a “servant of society’s neediest.” He washed...
  • Big weekend for the Vatican with Easter on the way
    Big weekend for the Vatican with Easter on the way
    Pope Francis began the start of Easter weekend with the ritual of washing feet at a prison in Rome. It was performed on 12 inmates including women and a baby who was with its mother at a women's detention center. This is the same ritual that...
  • Motorcycles in Rome
    New York biker events, April 3-5, 2015
    Since this is a holiday weekend, there are not a lot of events to post, but if you do head out on Saturday, either one of these would be worth your time!I returned from Rome, Italy, last week, and saw hundreds, if not thousands, of motorcycles on...
  • Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
    'Mark of the Thief' by Jennifer A. Nielsen: New series by bestselling YA author
    "Mark of the Thief" by Jennifer A. Nielsen is a story that grips the reader from the very first page; the action is nonstop and leaves the reader breathless from a journey through ancient Rome.Nic, the protagonist, is a slave in mines...
  • Tourists deface Colosseum in Rome
    Tourists at Colosseum carve initials into landmark: Californians arrested
    Tourists visiting the Colosseum from California weren't satisfied with simply seeing and experiencing the illustrious Roman landmark. The two visitors decided they wanted to leave their mark there as well so the pair decided to carve initials...
  • Tourists arrested for Colosseum graffiti in Rome
    Tourists arrested for Colosseum graffiti in Rome
    According to La Stampa, two female tourists from California were arrested in Rome after carving their initials into the wall of the Colosseum. The crime happened after they broke away from their tour group. Eight inch letters J and N were carved...
  • Grilled artichokes at Maxwell's at the Club
    Seduced by artichokes from Rome to Chicago
    The artichoke has roots in the Mediterranean region, in ancient Greece and Rome histories, and in mythology. My fascination with the artichoke began on my first trip to Rome when a friend took me to Giggetto al Portico d'Ottavia in the Jewish...
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