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Roman Statue called La Rustique in the 16th century?

I'm reading the travel writings of Nicolas de Nicolay and... [more inside]
posted by BWA on Aug 29, 2014 - 4 answers

Temporary European banking

I'm going to the UK and Italy for 5 months for work and am having trouble getting the banking situation worked out. [more inside]
posted by rustcellar on Jul 24, 2014 - 14 answers

What is this book that a mad monk recommended?

Reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Spoilers: [more inside]
posted by johngoren on Jul 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Translations of M. Aurelius' "Meditations" - simple, readable prose?

Which of the dozens of English translations of M. Aurelius' "Meditations" is best for younger readers prioritizing beautiful, readable, lyrical and contemporary wording? Not looking for "... For Dummies"-level; just trying to avoid the KJB-style "thines" and "mayests" and so on. Willing to sacrifice textual fidelity for the most readable, accessible prose. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Jul 9, 2014 - 10 answers

BookPlotFilter: how to determine a villain for a story?

So I've been pecking away at a book for a while, encountering the typical novice writer issue of not getting past 100 pages or so before things start to stall. Can you help me figure out who my heroes will do battle with? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian on Jul 7, 2014 - 16 answers

International Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

What is the best city in Western Europe in which to spend Christmas? My spouse and I have decided to spend Christmas and New Year's in Europe! We will be going to Athens for New Year's Eve, but we aren't sure where we should spend Christmas, and the days leading up to it. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jul 5, 2014 - 9 answers

Book about Italian apprentice making fountain for stray cats.

Ok, I could have sworn I read this book multiple times when I was a kid, but nobody seems to remember it exists including my cat-loving, children's literature professor mom who gave it to me. I'll try to list every thing I can remember about it in the extended explanation. To summarize, it takes place in an Italian town where a young-fountain-making apprentice wants to make his own fountain so that all the stray cats around him will have some place to drink. As he is poor, he cobbles together the material from things he can find, and in the end I do believe he ends up making the fountain. My mom and the internet don't seem to remember this book, but I think it did exist. Maybe you guys will come up with something. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Jun 17, 2014 - 6 answers

New York Times Purchase in Paris and Italy

Is the Sunday edition of The New York Times available for purchase in Paris, Rome, Venice or Florence. If so, where can it be purchased?
posted by Tziv on May 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Arrive 8.5 hours early for a 6:30am flight out of FCO(Rome)?

Two US citizens flying from Rome (FCO) to London (Heathrow LHR) in a couple weeks. The flight is at 6:35am. Our ride to the airport can only drop us off at 10pm the night before. Will we be ALLOWED to wait in the airport during that time? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s on May 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Off the beaten path in London, Paris, Venice, Rome

I can't believe I waited this long to ask the MeFi hive-mind, but here we are. In 24 hours my wife and I will be leaving on our honeymoon to the above-mentioned destinations. What I'm looking for are some cool, unusual, secret, or just plain "local favorite" things to do and places to go. Rather than simply pointing me to other sites offering collected reviews of places (tripadvisor, et al) I'm hoping to get some first-hand recommendations from you all. Time will be rather short in each city (3-4 days each) so let's try to stay within the cities themselves, as we won't really have time for outlying excursions. To give you an idea of what we're after, my wife and I are both lifetime members of the gothic subculture, and she in particular is very interested in fashion. Eccentric bars/pubs are also favorites. We leave on May 4th, but feel free to contribute later in the week, as I'll be eagerly checking this thread for your suggestions. Cheers, MeFi!
posted by ShutterBun on May 3, 2014 - 25 answers

Tabletop gaming in Italy?

My friend will be visiting Rome and Venice on her honeymoon in a few months. She loves the Italian card game Bang! and has joked that she expects to play it in Italy. Is there a way for me to actually make this happen for her? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink on Apr 1, 2014 - 5 answers

Roman Holiday (kid friendly version)

Next week, my 10 year old daughter and I will be in Rome for 3 days; what should we see? [more inside]
posted by oclipa on Oct 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Modern Greek or Roman fiction not centered on military or leaders?

Ancient Roman and Greek civilizations set my imagination ablaze, and while I've loved Homer's works right now I'm interested in works written in, say, the last century that take place in those times, or thereabouts. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Sep 24, 2013 - 25 answers

Rome in a Day

I'm going to Rome. I have one free day to use as I see fit. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Sep 20, 2013 - 25 answers

Eating well in Europe -- England, France, and Italy edition

It's happening!! Mr. Concolora and I are flying out to London tomorrow to start our three week tenth wedding anniversary European extravanganza and I'm about to pop with excitement. We're going to be in London, Paris, Dijon, Verona, Vicenza, Venice, and Rome and we'd love some recommendations on where to eat. Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Concolora on May 20, 2013 - 23 answers

Can you help me plan my trip to Germany, France and Italy?

I will be in Berlin, Prague, Venice, Florence, Rome, Marseilles and Paris this summer. I've never been to any of these places before. [more inside]
posted by BitterYouth on Apr 22, 2013 - 22 answers

Rome fiumicino airport - 4 people - Zero cellphones - where do we meet?

Four of us are coming in on different flights and terminals throughout a single morning - what landmark in the Fiumicino airport can we all meet by?
posted by jander03 on Apr 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Charming streets, dark alleys? Anti-mugging ID plan for Rome

I am planning a trip to Italy this summer. I will have several days within Rome, and am looking forward to exploring the nooks and crannies of the city. I've read that I should only carry enough money for each day, in case of being mugged -- works for me. Regarding ID, would it be a good idea to leave my passport in our rented apartment, and carry my driver's license and/or a photocopy of my passport within the city? These seem like less dire things to lose while travelling.
posted by bullitt 5 on Mar 21, 2013 - 26 answers

Etruscan resources

I'm learning that many of the customs and traditions that I think of as Roman actually originated from the Etruscans instead. Can anyone recommend some good books, videos, or websites about ancient Etruscan culture and history?
posted by the man of twists and turns on Mar 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Italian gift ideas for fashion design grad

Seeking ideas for a graduation gift that we could buy in Italy for a fashion design major. [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Let's go Italy!

Traveling to Italy, have questions. [more inside]
posted by outfielder on Jan 5, 2013 - 35 answers

Once again I require awesome history books plz

I need to stop reading wikipedia at work, so please give me books instead [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Dec 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Leather, leather everywhere, nor any drop to drink

Where should I go shopping for boots, belts, and funky clothing generally in Italy (Florence or Rome)? [more inside]
posted by 168 on Nov 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Seeking mental health resources for young Italian man

What are low-cost or online resources for a young Italian man with anxiety disorder and/or depression in Rome? [more inside]
posted by vincele on Sep 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Traveling to Italy

Traveling to Italy for eight days starting the evening of 12/25/2012. We'll be in Rome, Venice and Milan. Please tell me "must-sees" or "must-dos" while I am there with my husband and 8 year-old son.
posted by jen14221 on Sep 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Italy: From Rome to Florence... and Beyond!

Italy travelfilter: The girlfriend and I are headed to Italy for a late in the year vacation and need help! We've done a lot of the major cities before and are looking for something more rural, but that makes planning a challenge, given our complete lack of experience with the Italian countryside. Help greatly appreciated! [more inside]
posted by slide on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Cool towns around Rome to visit?

Cool towns around Rome to visit? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on Jul 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Where's Caravaggio?

Caravaggio-filter: help me find all the Caravaggios in Rome. Is there a list? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Jun 22, 2012 - 11 answers

Two of us are spending a week in Italy soon -- Rome, Florence, Venice. Help us find some cool places to stay!

Two of us are spending a week in Italy soon -- Rome, Florence, Venice. Help us find some cool places to stay! [more inside]
posted by chasing on Jun 10, 2012 - 10 answers

Walking tours in Italy?

I will be backpacking in Rome, Florence, and Pisa this summer. What are the best walking tour operators in those cities? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Apr 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Finding WW2 veterans who were stationed in Rome?

Historyfilter: how would I go about identifying and actually contacting G.I.s stationed in Rome post-WW2? I'm hoping there may be an uncomplicated way to reach the octuagenarians who spent some significant amount of time in the city right after the war. [more inside]
posted by progosk on Apr 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Where to stay in Rome with kids

Thinking of going to Rome later in the year (me + Mrs Croc + 2 kids, 7 and 10) for a few days. Any advice welcome on locations to stay and things to see that will appeal to kids. [more inside]
posted by crocomancer on Apr 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for good neighborhoods to stay in in Siena and Rome

Help me find good areas to stay in in Rome and Siena. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy on Mar 30, 2012 - 8 answers

There will be many more questions.

Ciao Roma! I have two questions about traveling TO and THROUGH Rome this summer. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Babyfriendly eating in Rome?

We're going to Rome in a month's time, and are looking for great places to eat that won't mind us bringing our baby along. Any other tips for enjoying Rome with a push chair/stroller are also welcome!
posted by Harald74 on Mar 18, 2012 - 6 answers

What to do in Rome when its really cold?

I'm doing a last minute long weekend for my wife's birthday in Rome in a couple of days. I've got some good feedback on dining ideas, but I'd love any suggestions for other tourist stuff to do in the dead of winter. We've done most of the big sights, but special exhibits at the galleries or off the beaten trail suggestions very welcome.
posted by Lame_username on Jan 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Son of Hades? But isn't Jupiter, like, your bosses' boss?

What is the day-to-day experience like for a true follower of a polytheistic religion, when that religion has an inherent hierarchy? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jan 13, 2012 - 28 answers

While Rome burns

What tunes would the roman emperor Nero have been likely to have played on his fiddle?
posted by Artw on Jan 9, 2012 - 7 answers

YANMTA,BIDHATA,S...

EuroTravelFilter: Help us determine stops, a route, strategies, tips, dangers, etc. for our Summer 2012 Rome-Baltic odyssey, currently in its very early planning stages. What can we hope to achieve in ~2 weeks and $3-4k? [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus on Oct 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Buona nom nom noms

Foodie trip to Italy- what restaurants shouldn’t I miss in Rome? What’s the best plan for a day of wine tasting in Florence? Where should we take pasta-making lessons in Bologna, and is there really nothing to do in Milan? [more inside]
posted by IWoudDie4U on Sep 27, 2011 - 16 answers

Source this myth!

Classicists and folklore/mythology types: how can I go about finding the original source for this obscure Roman (or Greek?) myth? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Sep 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Give me a followup to Rome

Looking for follow-up TV series and movies to Rome. [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda on Aug 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Quoting from History

IN which work does the Roman historian Livy state that the Roman empire started to decay when cooks acquired celebrity status? [more inside]
posted by cheez-it on Aug 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Where do I begin researching moving to Europe?

I'm exploring the idea of moving to Europe for a year or two -- preferably to Rome or Paris, and don't know where to start my research. Pretty much all I know right now is that I loved both places when I visited, and I want to give living in one of those cities a try. [more inside]
posted by kim in chicago on Jul 31, 2011 - 24 answers

Looking for inexpensive, decent hostels in Italy.

Traveling to Italy/Paris in the middle of August and looking for hostels. [more inside]
posted by AMWKE1984 on Jul 6, 2011 - 4 answers

Roman fantasy, not Medieval fantasy!

Are there any genre fantasy books with a Roman setting? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Jul 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Best translation of Lucretius

Hey classicists! What's the best translation of Lucretius' De Rerum Natura? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean on Jun 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Venice and Rome in 8 Days

Travel filter: Venice and Rome in 8 days? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Jun 22, 2011 - 19 answers

I require awesome history books plz

It is a sad thing to realize that your primary history source of late is trashy romance novels. Help me fix this. [more inside]
posted by elizardbits on Jun 18, 2011 - 22 answers

Venice Biennale Suggestions & Tips

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]
posted by specialk420 on Jun 2, 2011 - 7 answers

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