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Colosseum cleaning yields old frescos/graffiti

ROME —A long-delayed restoration of the Colosseum’s only intact internal passageway has yielded ancient traces of red, black, green and blue frescoes — as well as graffiti and drawings of phallic symbols — indicating that the arena where gladiators fought … Continue reading

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Today’s Photo: Flavian Amphitheater in Rome (The Colosseum)

Building on the site of the Emperor Nero’s private lake, the construction of the Amphitheatrum Flavium (Flavian Amphitheater) was begun in 72 AD by the Emperor Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, and was completed 8 years later by his successor, … Continue reading

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One last look at Rome…

It seems that I’ve recovered from my jet-lag.  This year it was especially bad.  There are actually gaps in my memory from last week.  I took all the right precautions: regular sleep schedule, time in the sun, exercise, lots of … Continue reading

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Lions, and Bears and Gladiators: Oh My!

There has been a lot of hype lately regarding the imminent opening of the underground corridors, or “hypogeum”, of the Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum) in Rome this summer.  And, while I am very curious to explore them myself, I would like to … Continue reading

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One Day to Go!

Putting the pieces together again… It’s not as easy as it might sound. Take six standard sized milk crates of broken crockery, mix them together and then spread them all on a long table. Continue reading

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Senza funghi, per favore!!!

Today I took the opportunity to run around and track down “old” stuff. We found remains of one of the oldest ancient warehouses. It’s just down the road from the Testaccio. I wonder if the people here take for granted the giant arch fragments attached to their apartments, or standing in their courtyards? Continue reading

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The Eternal City

I’m now in the Capitol of the Empire until Tuesday morning… I finally found THE best gelato in the world! Giolitti’s – kind of between the Trevi Fountain and the Piazza Navona neighborhoods… I hiked up a very nice, tree-lined street to the church of St John Lateran. It is the oldest christian church standing in the world – built by Constantine himself in the late 3rd century… Continue reading

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