Roman Hideaway (part 2)

by Mark Russell First part is here My absolute favorite destination on the Caelian Hill and, in fact, all of Rome is perched on its north-eastern slope, a short walk from the Colosseum or St. John Lateran. This is the fortified twelfth-century church and convent of Santi Quattro Coronati dedicated to four early-Christian sculptors martyred […]

Roman Hideaway (part 1)

by Mark Russell Hot and bothered. That’s one way to describe Rome during the summer months. To be honest, I enjoy the city’s vitality, be it in the clamorous Piazza Navona or Campo de’ Fiori; in the Pantheon’s hushed and cavernous perfection; in the metro and on the broiling buses full to bursting; or along […]

NY Loves Moliterno!

We just received this message from our friend Camille Di Trani. In the past weeks we helped Camille to find her Italian roots. Without the birth town of her family it was really as difficult as to search a needle in a haystack. But our great (professional) genealogists were able to solve this mistery: Camille’s […]

Sailing to Palermo (part 2)

by Mark Russell First part is here But what truly confirms Palermo’s significance as a city of international art-historical importance is its Norman architecture. The Normans came to Sicily in the eleventh century and their architectural achievements are dotted around the city. San Cataldo, the church of La Magione, and San Giovanni degli Eremiti, with […]

Sailing to Palermo (part 1)

by Mark Russell It is eight o’clock in the evening and the nightly ferry from Naples to Palermo is preparing to sail. Vesuvius looms hazily in the fading light across the bay. Soon we will be travelling across the storied waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. This is an exciting prospect in itself. But for the […]

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