What to do on a summer evening in Rome, or: a concert in Borromini’s courtyard
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What to do on a summer evening in Rome, or: a concert in Borromini’s courtyard

There are few ways that a man can win immortality, but if this can be done, then music is indubitably one of the chosen means. In 1944, Maestro Franco Ferrara conducted a stunningly successful concert in the 17th-century courtyard of Borromini’s Church of Sant’Ivo for a newly liberated Rome. Now, seventy-one years later, and thirty … Continue reading

Yes! We’re doing a giveaway! Tell us about YOUR Rome – and win the coolest Rome travel guide!
Art & Culture (le cose belle) / Happening Now (quel che succede oggi) / Opinion & Comment (pensieri e perplessità)

Yes! We’re doing a giveaway! Tell us about YOUR Rome – and win the coolest Rome travel guide!

In which we make new friends, and you get a pocket travel guide to Rome delivered to your door. But hurry! The contest is only from Wednesday – Saturday of this week!     You know what I love? Cookies. You know what I love outside the sphere of food? Meeting entrepreneurs determined to follow … Continue reading

Celebrating the Artists: a Review of The Artisan’s Star
Opinion & Comment (pensieri e perplessità) / Reviews (da condividere)

Celebrating the Artists: a Review of The Artisan’s Star

When this country no longer has farmers or artisans, it will no longer have a history. (Pier Paolo Pasolini) Once in a while, you read a really good book – I hope more than just once in a while, really, but occasionally you run across one that touches your heart on a personal level while … Continue reading

Keeping it authentic: two great shopping guides for Florence!
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Keeping it authentic: two great shopping guides for Florence!

Some of the great things in life come in twos, like shots of espresso, specialized travel guides, and donuts. Since you guys loved the spotlight on Laura Morelli’s Venice guides, when Italy Book Tours let me know that she has guides for Florence as well, I knew we had to share, not least of all because Florence has a very … Continue reading

Spotlight on two books you’ll want to scoop up before your trip to Venice
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Spotlight on two books you’ll want to scoop up before your trip to Venice

In case I have not fully driven home the level of nerdiness that reigns supreme here at YiR, I’m going to tell you what the one and only J.R.R. Tolkien had to say about beautiful Venezia: “Venice seemed incredibly lovely, elvishly lovely – to me like a dream of Old Gondor, or Pelargir of the … Continue reading

Pinocchio, Luxottica, and la bella figura : A Review of John Hooper’s The Italians
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Pinocchio, Luxottica, and la bella figura : A Review of John Hooper’s The Italians

  I have to make a confession. Though I treasure the belief that I am open of mind and heart, that I have traveled and loved more than one culture, I am inherently patriotic in certain respects. I know that sometimes I am unreasonable about my fierce loyalty to Italy, though I vent about its failings … Continue reading