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  • 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...
  • 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...
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