June 20, 2012 |
It's been more than 13 years since Roberto Benigni - the actor-director-writer-producer and all-around Italian force of nature - joyously clambered atop the back of seats at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on his way to pick up the Oscar awarded to "Life Is Beautiful" for foreign-language film. Benigni also took home the lead actor Academy Award that night in 1999 for his performance in the World War II drama. Since then, he's had a much lower profile on American movie screens; fans may have caught him in his 2002 version of "Pinocchio"and his 2005 drama "The Tiger and the Snow" (which, like "Life Is Beautiful," costarred his wife, Nicoletta Braschi)
June 19, 2012 |
Those looking for a last-minute Mediterranean cruise with some sweet savings may want to check out a seven-night sailing in the fall from Rome to Istanbul aboard the Seven Seas Voyager. The small-ship cruise offers a special rate of $5,499 a person for a limited time. The Classical Havens cruise begins in Rome and proceeds to Italian ports in Capri and Sicily then on to Olympia and Santorini in Greece and Ephesus in Turkey before ending in Istanbul. There are more than 20 free shore excursions that come with the sailing on the ship, which holds just 700 passengers.
June 13, 2012 |
NBA Commissioner David Stern and sports talk personality Jim Rome got into a heated exchange Wednesday on Rome's nationally syndicated radio show after a question regarding the integrity of the NBA draft lottery. After about a minute of small talk, Rome brought up the fact that the league-owned New Orleans Hornets received the top pick in the draft and asked Stern: "Was the fix in for the lottery?" First the commissioner got offended, telling Rome, "Shame on you for asking.
June 1, 2012 |
What a time to go behind the closed doors of the Vatican. The recent scandal over the butler accused of stealing documents from Pope Benedict XVI makes the prospect of a tour to "secret" rooms of the papal palace all the more tantalizing. Tour operator Dark Rome recently started a VIP Vatican & Private Sistine Chapel tour that promises access to areas usually off-limits to the public. The tour, limited to 10 people, follows a Vatican guard who opens doors to places such as the Niccoline Chapel (Cappella Niccolina)
May 30, 2012 |
The plunging price of Facebook stock aside, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have become ensnared in a kerfuffle over his apparent decision not to leave a tip on a meal during his honeymoon in Rome. The online Telegraph newspaper reports the Facebook tycoon failed to leave a tip after spending about $40 on fried pumpkin flowers and sea bass-stuffed ravioli at Nonna Betta in the Italian capital's historic Jewish quarter. What he ate isn't important, but what he should have known about tipping etiquette is. Travel outfitter Magellan's says 10% above the service charge is appropriate throughout Italy . Conde Nast Traveler 's tipping guide says leave as close to 10% as possible, no more than that, when in Italy.
March 17, 2012 |
When groups of ethnic Polish, Slovene, Slovak and Hungarian Catholics in Cleveland began protesting orders by their local bishop that closed their churches, they were given little chance of reversing the decision. The churches were shuttered in a massive retrenchment of Cleveland's urban core in 2010, striking at the Slavic and other ethnic European congregations that were founded by waves of immigrants from the wars and humanitarian catastrophes over the last century. The parishes said that Bishop Richard Lennon, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, had begun an attack on the ethnic churches.
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February 9, 2012 |
When Robert E. Hecht Jr. arrived at the loading platform of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in the fall of 1972, he was carrying a large wooden box and was escorted by an armed guard. Inside the box was perhaps the finest Greek vase to survive antiquity, a masterpiece that would soon be making headlines around the world. The Met had agreed to pay a record $1 million for the ancient work. Hecht said it had been in the private collection of a certain Lebanese gentleman.
January 26, 2012 |
A political system in gridlock, conservatives and progressives at each others' throats, military threats looming in the Middle East: Welcome to the last days of the Roman Republic. In 64 BC, Marcus Cicero, an idealistic outsider and the greatest orator ancient Rome produced, was running for consul - the highest office in the land - in a desperate bid to restore sanity to a corrupt and broken political system. It was a bitter contest to lead the most powerful government on earth, with accusations of incompetence, inconsistency and sexual misdeeds filling the air. Marcus wanted more than anything to save the republic from ruin, but he was hampered by his lowly birth and political naivete.
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December 31, 2011 |
He doesn't normally do house calls. But when Dr. Vincent Fortanasce was summoned by the Vatican to tend to the pope, he was quick to agree. Fortanasce is a neurological rehabilitation specialist and an author with a long history in Arcadia, where he practices. It is the memory of half an hour in August 2000 that looms largest in the 68-year-old physician's life, however. Fortanasce was in Rome that month, volunteering for three weeks of first aid duty with the Order of Malta, a laymen's group that offers international emergency medical service.
November 11, 2011 |
Assist, Aaron Rome. The Ducks may have been fairly exhaustive in their team meeting the other day to discuss ways out of the current abyss. But it's doubtful they could have imagined the scenario behind their 4-3 win over Vancouver on Friday night at Honda Center. First, they watched the Canucks' Rome take an incredibly lame five-minute major for elbowing Ducks rookie Devante Smith-Pelly, next they scored twice on the following power play and built a four-goal lead by the end of two periods.