The architecture of the Getty Villa Museum in Los Angeles was inspired by Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum In November of 1940, John Paul Getty was in Rome at the Excelsior Hotel on Via Veneto, where he sat reading Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. He started making his purchases there, having decided […]
My latest review for ‘Rivista’ on the fabulous Torlonia Marble exhibition in Rome, click on each image to read it, in case you get hold of a copy of the magazine.
Throughout her extensive career, the Irish-American writer Mary Jane Cryan has focused upon la Tuscia, that area north of Rome whose name has come down to us from the pre-Roman area of Etruria, dating from the ninth century BC
Judith Harris will present an illustrated talk on her biography of the Countess Evelina van Milligen Pisani at Rome’s Keats-Shelley House, a few steps from Piazza di Spagna on 12 October at 5 pm
Judith Harris has resurrected a memorable woman! It is the first biography of an exceptionally versatile, attractive, strong woman with an exotic background, and is at the same time the tale of other fascinating people in a fascinating epoch
Venice is a “contemplative paradox of stone and air.” The 1,500-year-old city is also extraordinarily fragile, for it was “built where no land ever existed
One out of five young Italians are now classified as neither working, studying or in training programs — double the percentage of young NEETs in the rest of Europe.
Igiaba Scego is a strong, intense writer, and this reader admits difficulty in grasping her account of the horrid racism inflicted upon black Africans
Mid-summer Italy is sagra time, when even the smallest town enjoys celebrating itself and its local identity
The surprising and hitherto untold story of Evelina’s long life is a compelling drama that begins in the era of Lord Byron.