Lux in Arcana: View the Vatican’s Secret Archives

Wanna know the Pope’s secrets? Thought so. Well, starting tomorrow, for the low low price of 12 euro, you can view centuries of previously inaccessible documents from some of the most prominent events in Catholic history when “Lux in Arcana: The Vatican Secret Archives Reveals Itself” opens at the Capitoline Museums.  The Vatican Secret Archives … Continue reading

Food & Drink (godiamoci la vita)

Brunching in Rome: Bocca di Dama

Brunch in Rome is a curious thing. It occupies a vague position, hovering somewhere between the traditional, big Sunday lunch and the cram-a-bunch-of-different-salads-and-breadstuffs-onto-your-plate aperitivo tradition. What it has little in common with, however, is the French Toast and Eggs Benedict-fueled, Bloody Mary-lubed brunches of the US of A. I haven’t done much Italian brunching so … Continue reading

Holidays & Festivals (festeggiamo)

Carnevale isn’t quite over yet: Carnevalone Liberato!

So you guys thought that the carnevale season is over since we already ‘celebrated’ Ash Wednesday, and the start of Lent? Well, you’re WRONG. There is one more carnevale party, and it’s happening this Sunday! Carnevalone Liberato, or the liberated carnevale, is sort of an anti-carnevale, carnevale. As the event’s page describes it, it is … Continue reading


This Weekend in Rome: February 24-26

Friday: Guggenheim Collection: The American Avant Garde opened at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni earlier this month, with a lineup drawn from New York’s roller skate-friendly* Guggenheim Museum. In conjunction with this exhibit, which examines American art from 1945-1980 with pieces by Warhol, de Kooning, Stella, Pollock, and Lichtenstein, among others, the Palazzo is hosting Ciao … Continue reading