It is a sad thing to realize that your primary history source of late is trashy romance novels. Help me fix this. [more inside]
Venice Biennale Filter: So, we are going in a couple weeks Looking for general recommendations and insider tips on places to stay, eat, and see in both Venice and Rome - late June and Early July. 10 days total. [more inside]
Examples of impressive projects, done impressively fast? Looking for a snappy retort to the commonplace "Rome wasn't built in a day." [more inside]
How gay-friendly are Rome, Naples, and Capua? [more inside]
I'm going to Rome and concerned about getting robbed/pickpocketed. Help me have an unstressful vacation! [more inside]
Can I get from the center of Rome to Fiumicino to catch a plane on Easter Sunday morning? [more inside]
What's the Italian gay scene like? [more inside]
Third trip to Rome - I've seen enough churches. What do you recommend? [more inside]
One of my best girlfriends is living in Rome. I'd like to go and visit her. That's where the simple part ends. [more inside]
I am going to Rome for a weekend mid-march. After that I want to go for a week's holiday somewhere warm and with things to do (history, shops, etc). [more inside]
I am taking a trip to Japan from London, my flight is via Rome (both ways). On the way back I'd like to just get out at Rome and take another flight which I will book separately. I don't want to pay anything extra. Is it possible without changing my booking? What's the worst than can happen? I will only have carry-on luggage. I am an EU citizen. [more inside]
Can you name this painting (recreated as a sketch) from the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome? [more inside]
It appears I will be spending five days in Rome, Italy around March 14-18. [more inside]
In general, for a family vacation, would it be easier to fly into Rome Fiumicino and out of London Heathrow, or fly into England and out of Italy? [more inside]
Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, Tacitus, and the rest of those familiar names are inextricably tied with the historical canon of classical "western" civilization. But who are the "eastern" equivalents? [more inside]
Looking for good introductory books on Ancient Roman history. [more inside]
I need to get from Paris to Rome. Or Barcelona. Or any place really where the skies are blue and planes are flying. Help! [more inside]
In the HBO series Rome, people who are making formal speeches often make very stylized gestures with their hands. What do these gestures mean? [more inside]
Venetians, Romans, Florentines, lend me your suggestions! More specifically, nice places to relax and tasty vegetarian eats in the aforementioned cities. [more inside]
I love cosmetics, and I'm in Rome. What should I buy here that I can't get in the United States? [more inside]
Is a quick trip to Sicily worth it? I've got a ticket to fly to Rome 4-11 December, and am considering a quick trip to Sicily (max 3 days, min 1 day) via a low-cost air carrier. [more inside]
Rome and Italy for X-Mas: bad idea or not? [more inside]
Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series: suitable for young readers? [more inside]
I'm looking for books about Italy, specifically Rome and Venice, and also books set in Rome and/or Venice. What would you recommend? [more inside]
What's the story behind the (contemporary) sculptures scattered in and around the Forum in Rome? [more inside]
Italy the week after Easter: deserted or still a mob scene? Help us save our honeymoon from the herds of the faithful. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some great restaurants in Venice or Rome? [more inside]
I am organising an internal training on innovation in Rome for about 20-25 employees. What creative / innovative venues do you recommend in or by Rome, Italy? [more inside]
For vacation, I was thinking of starting in Palermo and making my way to Rome. I know next to nothing about this part of the world, so I don't know how good or bad of an idea this is. Any thoughts from those familiar with the area would be greatly appreciated! [more inside]
I will soon be teaching a course on ancient Roman domestic spaces, and I am looking for primary source material to supplement readings in scholarship. Any suggestions of Roman texts (poetry, fiction, history, law, biography) that describe a Roman domestic space (domus, villa, insula, palace) would be much appreciated. Textual exempla of Roman domestic practices are also welcome (e.g., the account of Trimalchio's banquet in Petronius' Satyricon).
what should i do for new year's in rome? i'm female, late 20s, traveling alone, and on a budget. recommendations?
I'm going to Rome for one week in February. How can I cheap out on lodging while there? [more inside]
What would you do if you found a memory card? Have you found our memory card in Rome, Italy? [more inside]
Apartment-swap-filter. We're thinking of swapping our place in the center of Rome with a place in Manhattan for a long week around Easter 2009. Any information and/or recommendations on reputable house-swapping sites would be much appreciated. (Also: any stories on the sort of things swapping entails, and what's important to think about and get right in preparation.)
What is the best way to travel throughout Italy? So far we're looking at Venice, Florence, Pisa, Milan, etc. People have been recommending the Italy Rail Passes from here. Is it better to get one of these? Or would it be better to get a ticket at the train station for city to city? Or are there other options that I should know of? [more inside]
When was the last time scholars discovered a previously unknown piece of literature from ancient Greece or Rome? Has it happened at all in modern times? If you were to speculate on the chances we'll ever rediscover another play from Euripides, Sophocles, et al, are there any relatively recent discoveries of new works from ancient Greek and Roman authors you could use as examples?
What area of Rome should we stay in? And what should we do there in three days? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for books, movies and even music that might be relevant for a group of middle school (7th & 8th grade, ages 12-14) kids who are going to Rome over spring break. [more inside]
Rome airport transfer: Fiumicino->Ciampino with a five and a half hour window between flights. Is this doable? And if so, what's the most cost efficient way to do it? [more inside]
Is it possible to find wines similar in style to what the ancient Romans would have been drinking? Or were their vinification methods so crude that no one bothers trying?
I just landed in Italy. Help me find the Florence and Rome that no one writes about. [more inside]
Your ideas for nontraditional, off the beaten path, interesting, insightful things to do or see in or close to Venice, Florence, and Rome, Italy?
What are your favorite nontraditional, nontouristy, alternative, culturally-insightful things to do in or near Venice, Florence, and Rome? I mean the deeper anthropological kind of culture, not museums, opera, etc. I'm not looking for the usual must-see tourist destinations or the things that epitomize a city. I want the fascinating little finds you accidentally stumbled on and loved, but which few or no tours would have found because they aren't "sights". If it can give me a glimpse of how contemporary Italians see the world, to appreciate a bit more what it's like to be them, that's a turbo bonus. No points off for plain old fun activities either. [more inside]
My wife and I are going to Italy with a tour group late November, and it also happens to be our anniversary. We'll be in Rome the day/night of our anniversary. We're staying at the Holiday Inn Parco Dei Medici. [more inside]
What are your favorite books on the Roman Empire? [more inside]
RomeFilter: What is there to do in Rome? [more inside]
Where can I buy 4x5 Polaroid Sheet Film in Rome? [more inside]
Please help us find a reliable source for vacation apartment rentals in Rome. [more inside]
Does anyone know who the artist is that did the art in the opening credits of HBO's ROME? TIA!!!
As a first-time visitor to Rome and Florence (and Venice?) at next Christmas and New Year's, what can I expect? What is a must-see attraction that might have special holiday hours?