February 25, 1996 |
I'm standing in Caffe Tazza d'Oro with a cappuccino in front of me. Burlap bags lining the wall are inscribed with the words aroma di Roma and, indeed, the invigorating scent of coffee hangs heavy. Three men behind the counter are in nonstop motion, a human assembly line filling an unending stream of tiny cups from copper espresso makers--the L-shaped room resounding with the clank of china, the hiss of steam and the ceaseless flow of coffee-fed conversation. It's my favorite spot in Rome.
March 19, 2000 |
Guidebooks to the world's great cities usually dwell on the obvious, but sophisticated travelers will appreciate a new series that launches this spring with "City Secrets Rome" (The Little Bookroom, $19.95). For starters, this insider's guide to the Eternal City is petite and wrapped in a tasteful cloth cover that doesn't scream "naive foreigner." Inside, more than 200 artists (Frank Stella), writers (John Guare), scholars and restaurateurs reveal the hidden treasures many outsiders overlook.
March 13, 2013 |
If any of you gastronomes out there are headed to Rome for vacation, a new site called The Rome Digest offers savvy advice on the Eternal City. The motto -- "Eat, drink and shop with Rome's top food and wine professionals" -- says it all. Fire up the site just before you leave for Rome and you'll be up to date on everything that's happening in terms of food and wine. The Rome experts who weigh in on TRD (short for The Rome Digest ) aren't just people who love to eat: "TRD's 5 contributors hold 7 wine diplomas and 6 master's degrees.
July 19, 2009 |
It is often said that you can't repair a water main, break ground for a parking garage or dig up a potato in Rome without finding a treasure. The roots of the Eternal City, which just celebrated its 2,762nd birthday, go deep and are still being unearthed. When first plumbed in the 16th century, the layer cake underneath the city yielded classical artifacts that helped inform the Renaissance.
January 13, 1985 |
Though the notion of Three Romes is at least five centuries old, the tenuous linkage had all but lapsed, submerged in a welter of glaringly obvious differences. Intrigued by the idea that Moscow, Constantinople and Rome may still have crucial points in common, Fraser attempts to revive a connection among the three cities; "each one desirous of ruling the world and establishing the kingdom of heaven on earth."
April 30, 1989 |
Bedecked for spring with colorful sprays of azaleas and pickpockets, Mama Roma observed a new birthday not long ago, troubled by old complaints: Is the Eternal City governable? Is it livable? Is it safe? Romans and visitors wondered as both, con molto brio , marked April 21, 753 BC. On that day, legend says and Rome believes, Romulus and Remus, adopted sons of a providential wolf, laid the foundation of what would become one of the world's most beloved cities. In intervening centuries of splendor and sack, the city's administration, along with the security of Rome's people, have always been paramount civic preoccupations.
November 5, 1987 |
Like the Caesars before them, Rome's city fathers have concluded that the Eternal City is too often also infernal, and they are warring anew on an incessant problem, traffic jams. Nobody is predicting victory. "Traffic is the first, the most prolonged and the most important issue we discuss," said City Councilor Luigi Celeste Angrisani, who is Rome's public safety director.
September 15, 1986 |
Thousands of Romans took to the streets Sunday morning with brooms and trash bags in a volunteer cleanup effort to rid the city of litter and garbage that has given Rome the reputation of being one of Europe's dirtiest capitals.
March 12, 2006 |
STAYING in a Roman convent, monastery or other religious institution makes a tourist feel like a pilgrim. A few, such as the sedate Palazzo Cardinal Cesi, 51 Via della Conciliazione, 011-39-06-68-19-32-22, www.vaticanaccommodations.com, in a 15th century palazzo virtually next door to St. Peter's, have the amenities of a luxury hotel and are priced accordingly, about $200 and up.