Art & Culture (le cose belle) / Historical Sites (l'antichità)

Frescoes and French Diplomats – Visiting the Palazzo Farnese

The Palazzo Farnese and its namesake Piazza are located just meters from, and with a view of, the chaos of Campo de’ Fiori, but to traverse those few steps and enter a square adorned by fountains made of reclaimed tubs from the Baths of Caracalla and dominated by the imposing facade of this Renaissance palazzo … Continue reading

Word of the Day (la parola del giorno)

Word of the Day: Scemo

Coming from the Italian verb, scemare, or to decrease, or wane, scemo means: idiot, fool, stupid, dim-witted, silly, twit, dumb… It’s not particularly nice to call someone a scemo (pronounced shehmo), but let’s be honest, sometimes you just gotta. Scemo can be used in two ways: 1- Scemo the noun- ‘Non fare lo scemo!’ – Don’t be stupid; don’t play … Continue reading