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  • 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...
  • 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...